Time warp for German TV crew

TWEED Heads is set to feature in a popular German television show called Galileo.

A crew from the science-themed program has been travelling the country for about four weeks and has covered topics as varied as rare earth mining to captive tuna breeding, the production of snake antivenom and lighter themes like the Surfers Paradise Meter Maids.

The idea of daylight saving time dividing Coolangatta and Tweed Heads attracted the crew to the border towns.

“There are a lot of different countries in Europe with different time zones, but it is not common to cross time zones in the same town,” film editor Frank Gensthaler said.

They looked at the havoc the time difference plays with travellers and residents in the area.

“We spoke with the people at Gold Coast Airport Parking about the confusion with people leaving their cars at one end of the airport and still thinking they had an hour spare,” he said.

Destination Tweed’s Phil Villiers said about 228,000 international visitors came to the Northern Rivers last year.

“Any type of exposure to the European market is positive for the region,” he said.

Mr Gensthaler said Tweed Heads was beautiful compared with Surfers Paradise. “There are not as many high rises here. This is like the Australia we know in Germany,” he said.

The Australian edition of Galileo is expected to go to air in Germany in late March.

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