Opening his home to film festival visitors

Ken Moate has opened his Dungog home to film festival visitorsAs Dungog’s former police officer, Ken Moate has always shown an interest in the town.

The Dungog Film Festival began while he was living in the police residence and not long after home hosting for visitors began.

And now the time is right for him to offer two rooms in his home to film festival visitors.

“We bought our home 18 months ago and I heard last year that organisers were looking for people to host,” Ken said.

“My three children have all moved away from home and Dianne and I have two spare rooms with a bathroom in between them which is ideal.

“They are isolated in the house so guests would have their privacy.

“We are also walking distance to the James Theatre, the main street and the RSL Club where the opening night party will be held.”

Ken is not sure what to expect but thinks hosting is a good idea to promote the town.

“The mill has closed as well as Drovers and I think tourism is now our major drawcard,” he said.

“I am happy to do anything that will bring people to town.”

The home host program, which is co-ordinated by the Dungog Shire Visitor Information Centre, is now in its fifth successful year.

Dungog Council’s economic development and tourism coordinator Ivan Skaines said the program is integral to the success of the Dungog Film Festival.

“It complements the accommodation available in local motels, hotels and bed and breakfast establishments, which are usually at capacity during the festival.

“It provides an opportunity for film festival visitors to stay with local people and gain a greater appreciation of the town and the shire.

“Local people also get the chance to meet people working in the film industry or people who are very interested in Australian films.

“Tourist officer Wendy Farrow has done a wonderful job over the years, under sometimes difficult circumstances.

“She tries to juggle people to best suit their needs and those of the host family.”

For more information contact Wendy at the Dungog Visitors Information Centre on 4992 2212.

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