Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Former Minister for Health; Culture and the Arts

    New Screenwest home, structure to drive jobs

    1/12/2016 10:00 AM
    • Screenwest moves to ABC building to start East Perth creative hub
    • Screenwest Ltd aims for increased flexibility, partnerships and investment

    A new inner city headquarters and corporate structure for Screenwest aims to drive investment and job creation in Western Australia's growing screen industry.


    Officially opening Screenwest's new offices in the ABC building today, Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the move was an important first step in the formation of an East Perth creative hub.


    "This is about fostering a critical mass for creativity," Mr Day said.


    "The East Perth creative hub promises an exciting new home and to drive even more screen industry investment.


    "The hub will be a production incubator, providing headquarters for Screenwest as well as offices and co-working spaces for producers and creatives, for short or long-term lease."


    The screen industry will also be able to hire the purpose-built ABC film and television studios and support facilities including make-up, costume and green rooms, props storage, and sound and post-production facilities.


    "Having quality infrastructure, and accessible and skilled local crews will help put WA in pole position in the competitive production marketplace," the Minister said.


    "The hub will complement Screenwest's innovative funding incentives, including the landmark $16 million Western Australian Regional Film Fund which already has its first feature well underway."


    Mr Day also announced a significant structural change for Screenwest, with the organisation set to become a Company Limited by Guarantee. 


    "Screenwest has reached a point in its development where a new corporate structure will help boost both the WA screen industry and the agency," he said.


    "The changes will make it easier for Screenwest to form market partnerships and source funding leverage from third parties, including the Australian Government.  It will also allow Screenwest to be more responsive and flexible to industry changes and opportunities.


    "The Liberal National Government is committed to supporting Screenwest and the WA industry.  While Screenwest will be independent, funding will be maintained from the Department of Culture and the Arts, Lotterywest and the Royalties for Regions program. 


    "These are exciting times for Screenwest and the WA screen industry."


    Fact File

    • The potential for structural change was identified in the Screenwest Strategic Plan 2016-2021
    • The new Screenwest structure is expected to be in place by July 1, 2017
    • For more information, visit http://screenwest.wa.gov.au/structure

    Minister's office - 6552 6200


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