$16 million fund to generate local jobs and investment
Funding commitment gives WA national competitive advantage
Builds on production success of Breath, Jasper Jones and Red Dog: True Blue
A new Western Australian Regional Film Fund is expected to generate rewards for the regions and the State by drawing more productions to WA.
Treasurer Mike Nahan said the State Government's Royalties for Regions program would continue to build a stronger economy by supporting initiatives such as the $16 million fund.
"This will encourage strategic investment in film-making in the regions, helping support and grow local economies and contributing to the vibrancy of regional communities," Dr Nahan said.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said multiple film production opportunities would drive job creation through local procurement, skill development and tourism.
"The film fund will build on the strengths of regional WA and showcase our extraordinary landscapes, experiences, stories and creative communities," Mr Redman said.
Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the fund provided WA with a competitive advantage over other States in attracting productions to shoot in WA.
"The screen industry will welcome the funding as it will attract key national and international players to make content here while maximising the use of local crews and talent," he said.
"ScreenWest will administer the fund, partnering with regional development commissions to market WA's great locations locally and overseas to attract productions."
Mr Day said the fund sought to extend recent successful partnerships with the screen industry.
"The current production of Breath in Denmark has generated more than 250 local jobs," he said.
"Jasper Jones recently finished shooting in Pemberton in the South-West and Red Dog: True Blue worked alongside the Pilbara Development Commission."
ScreenWest supported the productions of Breath, Jasper Jones and Red Dog: True Blue
Since 2008, the State Government has invested $6.9 billion into more than 3,700 Royalties for Regions-funded projects and programs, including transfers to the Future Fund and other Special Purpose Accounts
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