Northern Rivers has talent
IF THE locals popping up on Australian reality television shows is any indication, the Northern Rivers really does have talent.
Just last week Flair Freestyle Riders headed by former Byron Bay man Jack Field, 24, made it through to the next round of Australia's Got Talent.
"It was awesome and we had no idea how the crowd and the judges would react," Mr Field said.
"We are looking forward to coming up with bigger and better stunts and that was just a glimpse of what we are capable of."
And it seems there are many more capable and talented stars in the region.
This week Chayne Hultgren, better known around Byron Bay and Mullumbimby as the Space Cowboy, made it through the semi-finals alongside Flair.
The show's executive producer, Stevie K. Murray said he had seen a wealth of talent from the Northern Rivers.
"We get a lot of really strong musical talent from Byron Bay, but we also get some of the more unusual acts from the area which are often honed skills born from having a lot of spare time," he said.
"Acts like Flair Freestyle Riders and Space Cowboy put you on the edge of your seat and there's an ever-present danger something could go wrong.
"It's compelling TV."
The boys from The Block, Byron Bay Project manager and handyman Andrew Jones, 37, with his brother Mike, 29, from Bondi are now renovating a South Melbourne terrace after becoming one of four groups vying for the top prize.
The Australian version of The Amazing Race returns to the screen with the first indigenous duo, Adam Corowa from Tweed Heads and his cousin Dane.
With luck one of these TV contestants might soon be following former Byron Bay High School student Stan Walker, who won Australian Idol in 2009.