Could the Logies be headed for the Whitsundays?
THE TV industry's 'night of nights' could be coming to the Whitsundays with MP Jason Costigan rolling out the red carpet for some of Australia's biggest stars.
In a bold move, Mr Costigan today tabled a 'question on notice' to Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Commonwealth Games Kate Jones asking for her to provide in-principle support to bring the Logies to the Whitsundays.
Mr Costigan's Logies bid comes after news Melbourne had dumped the event following the Victorian Government's decision to cut its $1 million support for the awards.
"I saw the media reports like everyone else that the Victorian Government has decided in its wisdom to not continue the funding at the level that they have in support of the Logies," Mr Costigan said.
"It is an institution in Australian television, it is the night of nights and I say that as someone who worked proudly in television as a TV reporter working with the likes of Karl Stefanovic and Grant Denyer from the commercial networks.
"I just think it can showcase the Whitsundays like nothing else. We have seen the TV networks come up doing breakfast television, weather updates and crosses and people down south are watching the alluring blue waters of the Whitsundays, the whales, the dolphins, the palm trees, the bikinis and the white sand and it just leaves people frothing at the mouth. Why wouldn't we bring the Logies here to up the ante."
While a number of locations have already put their hand up to host the awards, Mr Costigan said nothing compared to the Whitsundays.
"It's interesting to see the NSW Government has reacted to these developments by suggesting they might like to bid for the Logies and I've seen reports that places like Tamworth, Albury and Dubbo might be in line to host the Logies," he said.
"No disrespect to those communities but surely the Whitsundays has it all over those places and then some.
"We have also straight away seen the Tourism Minister talking up the Gold Coast, but there is more to Queensland tourism than the Gold Coast and I say that with the greatest respect to the Gold Coast.
"The Whistundays provides a huge drawcard for people and I think a lot of people in Australian television are no stranger to the Gold Coast and go there on assignment and for interviews, but they probably don't always get the opportunity to go to the Whitsundays. I'm sure they'd love to come her for the Logies."
While major TV personality Karl Stefanovic labelled the move "disgusting" and said he would boycott the awards until they return to Melbourne, Mr Costigan said he has reached out to the Today Show host to lure him north.
"I have today sent a message to Karl Stefanovic, my former colleague with Win Television, the Nine News affiliate back in the day. I have flagged it with him. Karl and I remain good mates and I caught up with him on Hamilton Island in the wake of Cyclone Debbie," he said.
For a region still recovering from the devastating impacts of TC Debbie, Mr Costigan said hosting the Logies would be a timely play.
"I'm sure Airlie Beach or Hamilton Island would love to specifically be the host venue for the Logies as early as next year," he said.
"I think the concept of bringing the Logies to the Whitsundays would surely get plenty of people excited on the mainlands and in the islands. I think we've got the venues, the array of accommodation options and we certainly have the direct flights from southern capitals.
"I'd like to have it in the Whitsundays as part of a long term deal."
When asked whether he would be heading out in the Whitsundays to party with the TV stars if the bid is successful, Mr Costigan answered 'is the Pope a Catholic?".
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