Film director Darren Ashton (left) takes the cast and crew through the scene one more time.
Film director Darren Ashton (left) takes the cast and crew through the scene one more time. Jocelyn Watts

Optus ad shot at the Powerhouse

SIX elderly Maryborough residents are looking forward to seeing themselves on television following a commercial shoot at the Powerhouse Community Centre at the weekend.

A film crew set up lights and cameras at the Kent Street centre on Saturday to shoot the Optus commercial, which will go to air across Queensland on Sunday, January 24.

As well as the Yaralla Place Aged Care residents, glimpses of several other Maryborough residents will also been seen in the ad, including Maryborough Optus franchisee Rob Hodges.

Mr Hodges recently donated a wheelchair-friendly mini-van to the community centre – a gesture that prompted Optus to film their latest ad in the Heritage City.

Powerhouse Community Centre’s Diana Allan said the donation would make a real difference to people with access difficulties.

“It will mean so much to some of our Maryborough residents who find it difficult to attend meetings, events and social gatherings,” she said.

“This van has the potential to change the lives of the people close to the Powerhouse Community Centre.”

Optus’s Anthony Shiner said selecting Mr Hodges’s donation as the focus of the commercial was an easy choice and his investment should be commended.

“We support our franchisees and encourage community investment and we are pleased that Rob’s donation will make an enormous difference to the residents of Maryborough – providing a transport alternative for day trips and more,” Mr Shiner said.

WHAT’S ON AT THE POWERHOUSE COMMUNITY CENTRE

  • Martial Arts
  • AA
  • Movie nights
  • Youth group
  • Arts and crafts
  • Computers


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