Member for Warren-Blackwood, Terry Redman said the innovative initiative, made possible through funding from the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program, aimed to give WA the edge in a highly competitive international industry.
“This is about putting regional WA at the forefront for producing Australian and international feature films, television series and documentaries,” Mr Redman said.
“I’m confident the fund will quickly resonate both nationally and internationally, and drive production in country WA to new heights, bringing significant benefits to South-West communities and WA as a whole.”
“This is about promoting our spectacular and evocative locations, talent and expertise across the world.”
Mr Redman said funding from Royalties for Regions and ScreenWest had already chalked up significant achievements, with Red Dog:True Blue (Pilbara) and the highly anticipated feature films Jasper Jones (shot in the South West), and Breath (Great Southern) due for release over the next 12 months.
“The new fund will consolidate and build on these successes,” Mr Redman said.
“For instance, the current production of Breath in the Denmark area has generated more than 250 jobs and boosted business in the local community.
“There is no doubt this fund will help support regional economies and contribute to their vibrancy.”
Jobs are expected to flow from local purchasing, the development of a skilled workforce to support film and television production and increased tourism.
ScreenWest will manage the Fund on behalf of the Department of Regional Development for the benefit of regional communities.
For more information, visit www.screenwest.wa.gov.au
For media enquiries please contact Terry Redman on 9848 3171 or Terry.Redman@mp.wa.gov.au