A FIGHT to repair an iconic building at Minyip has attracted support from around the world.
Throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s, the television show The Flying Doctors was filmed in the small Wimmera town.
Emma’s Garage, which adjoins existing business Emma’s Cafe, appeared prominently in the show.
Minyip Progress Association president Keith Daniells said after the show ended in 1992, tourists started coming to the small town to take photos of the landmarks that still existed.
“The most recognised of them all was Emma’s Garage,” he said.
“That was in 1993, and even today, in 2017, tourists still come to have a look.”
However, Mr Daniells said the building was about 100 years old and the town needed help to repair it.
He said white ants had damaged the building over the years and the rough estimate to repair it was about $80,000.
“An engineer has inspected the building and the suggestion is that the first step is to stabilise it before any works are carried out,” he said.
“At this stage we are still waiting on the engineer’s final written report and recommendations.
“Then at least, we know where to start.“
Mr Daniells said he started reaching out to actors who appeared in the show asking for support.
However, he was soon contact by international fans of the show.
He said he received emails from people who ran German fan clubs and Facebook pages dedicated to the show, all asking how they could help.
“The fan clubs have members spread throughout Europe including the UK,” he said.
“Donations have come in from the Netherlands, Sweden, Germany and even from countries closer to home like New Zealand.”
Mr Daniells said Crawford Productions had also donated DVDs of the show to help raise money.
He said he was gobsmacked by the support the cause had received.
“There is an underlying phenomenal following still for this television series,” he said.
“The Europeans are helping a tiny town in the Wimmera repair Emma's Garage because of their dedication to a television show that ceased more than 30 years ago.”
Mr Daniells said he would love to see more Australians get behind the cause.
“Out of the millions of Australians if we can get just 50,000 of them to donate $1 we are halfway there,” he said.
“The Flying Doctors was Australian TV at its best and people need to be reminded of that.”
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