Natalie Aroyan, one of the women the documentary is based around, was outraged at the dress code.
Natalie Aroyan, one of the women the documentary is based around, was outraged at the dress code. Tara Miko

Emerald stumps film crew

THE Irish Village's dress code has done it again when the group of Sydney women touring the Central Highlands in search of that elusive gem in the rough were stopped from entering the Emerald pub.

Going the Distance documentary director Laticia Gibson arrived with the cast and crew at the pub ready to film the Emerald segment of their journey while raising funds for the Cancer Council.

But a diligent security guard spotted the women's rubber thongs and the men's uncollared T-shirts and turned them away.

Natalie Aroyan, one of the women the documentary is based around, was outraged at the dress code.

"Essentially, they have said no to the Cancer Council," Ms Aroyan said.

"I'm genuinely surprised that they would reject not only the publicity but the fundraising."

Irish Village management stood by the dress code, and said if the Emerald community had to conform to the standard, so did the film crew, who were sent a copy three weeks earlier.

"We offered (dress code) alternatives with shirts and shoes," Irish Village manager Jason Campbell said. "We'd supplied entertainment (Sunday night), free nibbles at the bar for the girls and the crew at our own expense. Unfortunately, they cancelled the event."

Mr Campbell hit back at claims the establishment rejected fundraising efforts for the Cancer Council, and said local fundraisers regularly did a walk-through of the pub.

"Only (last) week we supported a fundraising event for cancer with a local fundraiser," he said. "She adhered to the dress code."

But Ms Aroyan voiced her delight at the hospitality received on the Gemfields.

"Rubyvale has been lovely," she said.



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