Coraki's Brad makes Big Brother

Bradley Darke.
Bradley Darke. Paul Broben -

BIG BROTHER fans across Australia are watching Coraki's Bradley Darke.

The 18-year-old self-described geek with a stutter graduated from Trinity Catholic College, Lismore last year.

He works the checkout at his family's supermarket at Coraki during his gap year.

Originally from Goonellabah, his family purchased the Coraki supermarket last October and moved to the house above the business, overlooking the river.

Bradley's family is blown away by the initial reception that Australia has given to 18-year-old Bradley.

Rodney and Marion Darke watched their son going into the house on Monday night at Dreamworld in Queensland.

Asked about his brother, 21-year-old Stephanie Darke said "he's definitely no sporty! He's very much into his movies. He was obsessed with the latest Batman."

At Trinity, he was a good student. His favourite subject was drama and he was captain at Carthage House.

Marion called on Northern Rivers Big Brother fans to "get behind Bradley".

The launch of Big Brother attracted a peak audience of 2.147 million with an average of 1.618 million viewers.

Bradley Darke also made a big impression on social media. Messages on Twitter yesterday were mostly about Coraki, but not all were positive.

Rodney and Marion Darke were emphatic that Coraki was a great place to live.

"The best part of Coraki is its people. They have been very good to us and hopefully Bradley will help the town," Rodney said.

Coraki has 1223 inhabitants, according to the 2011 Census.



  • 14 housemates from 20,000 applicants.
  • 42 fixed and remote-control cameras to film 4368 hours of footage.
  • 108 in-house microphones.
  • Producers have 12 hours to turn around the daily show, cutting from 48 hours' worth of footage, five days a week and 96 hours' footage for the Sunday daily show



  • Bradley $7.50
  • Josh $8
  • Sarah $9
  • Michael $10
  • Estelle $11
  • Charne $12
  • Stacey $13
  • Angie $15
  • Zoe $17
  • Layla $21
  • Any other $2.50

Source: Tom Waterhouse

Topics:  big brother bradley darke coraki lismore

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