Pilbara to glitter in prospecting TV show

Daneka HillNorth West Telegraph
Gold Gypsies team Greg and Chris Clark with gold nuggets they found during Aussie Gold Hunters.
Camera IconGold Gypsies team Greg and Chris Clark with gold nuggets they found during Aussie Gold Hunters. Credit: Supplied

For the first time an international television show has opened its casting to include Pilbara gold prospectors.

Aussie Gold Hunters follows remote gold prospectors across the country and has proven popular, claiming the top spot as the Discovery Channel’s most watched non-sports program since its premiere in 2016.

So far the WA based show has filmed in the Goldfields-Esperance, Mid West, Wheatbelt and the Kimberley, making the new inclusion of the Pilbara a rare opportunity for local characters interested in being followed by a film crew.

Head of production Ingrid Longley said producers were keen to expand into the Pilbara for the show’s next season, which will be broadcast in 33 countries.

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“We are really keen to broaden our scope with the show and explore new territories and the Pilbara will be a fantastic addition to that and our locations,” she said.

Casting closed on Good Friday but Mrs Longley encouraged those keen to still contact the WA-based Electric Pictures production company.

“To showcase the Pilbara to the world would be fantastic but it relies on us getting the right talent through the door and on the show so please encourage people to reach out to us,” Mrs Longley said.

There were 84 prospecting licences granted in the Pilbara area last year alone, however the show is after a particular type of prospector who relies on gold as their main source of income.

Outside of the Pilbara casting call, the production team reported it had found a few people of interest.

Marble Bar is a particular hotspot for prospecting.

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