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WA town the latest to be celebrated on silver screen

WA town the latest to be celebrated on silver screen

By Sarah Lefebvre on Apr 01 2017

The movie industry has shone the spotlight on numerous Australian towns overshadowed by our capital cities.

The Western Australian township of Pemberton, a three-and-a-half-hour drive south of Perth, is the latest to be celebrated through the feature film adaptation of Australian-novel Jasper Jones.

Pemberton joins other towns including Broken Hill (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert), Coolangatta (Muriel’s Wedding), and Dampier (Red Dog) in being profiled in cinemas, while Sydney’s Palm Beach and Barwon Heads in Victoria grew in profile thanks to their fictional representations in Home and Away and SeaChange respectively..

The historic timber town of Pemberton was chosen as the setting for the fictional town Corrigan for the film because of its preservation of mid-20th century architecture and street scapes: a fitting backdrop to the 1960s-era storyline.

LJ Hooker Pemberton Principal Colin Wallbank said Jasper Jones would further propel the exposure of the town, which had already recorded a surge in median house prices and a scarcity of rental vacancies. 

“We only have two per cent of our rent roll available at the moment, and rental yields are averaging between five and seven per cent for landlords,” said 
Mr Wallbank.

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