Minyip's Emma's Garage rebuild plans continue

Minyip's Shirley Smith, AJ Niewand and Corinne Heintze in front of Emma's Garage, which featured in The Flying Doctors. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI
Minyip's Shirley Smith, AJ Niewand and Corinne Heintze in front of Emma's Garage, which featured in The Flying Doctors. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

MINYIP residents are continuing their fight to repair a building made famous in The Flying Doctors.

Emma’s Garage appeared consistently in the television show when it was filmed in Minyip in the 1980s and 90s, and has become one of the show’s most recognisable sets.

Minyip Progress Association hosted a meeting in the town on Wednesday night last week about the campaign to repair the building, which has attracted Wimmera and international support.

President Keith Daniells said the building was about 100 years old and badly termite-damaged.

He said it would cost about $80,000 to repair it.

The group is waiting on an engineer’s report and recommendations for stabilising the building before proceeding.

Flying Doctors fans from Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and New Zealand have donated money to support the garage repair campaign.

Mr Daniells said the association had plans to recognise the show’s fans for their support.

“Once we hopefully get the building redone, we’re going to dedicate a wall to all the international fans,” he said.

“It’s the least we could do for everything they're doing for us.

“There’s a fan club in Germany asking what’s happening with it, and I’ve been trying to get the story into one of the national papers to get more support.

“We get so many people come to Minyip from across Australia and around the world. The show is still so widely recognised, even all these years on.”

The company that produced The Flying Doctors – Crawford Productions – has also donated DVDs of the show to help raise money.