The Lawrence Government today unveiled a multi-million dollar strategy to develop Western Australia as the nation's film-making State.
Announcing the plan, Arts Minister Kay Hallahan said a thriving film industry would generate jobs, tourism and international recognition for Western Australia.
"The film industry is labour intensive, with jobs for actors and a range of technical people and there are spin-offs for other industries, such as hospitality and catering," she said.
"With strategic Government assistance, the film industry could create at least 1,000 new jobs over the next three years."
The Minister said a strong film industry would help broaden the State's economic base in accordance with Premier Carmen Lawrence's plan to reshape the economy: Adding Value.
She said the Government had decided to give the local industry a shot in the arm by:
· establishing a Film Development Corporation with a $2.4 million budget for 1993-94;
· appointing solicitor John Fiocco, TVW Enterprises chairman and chief executive Kevin Campbell, film producer Sue Milliken and film director Glenda Hambly as inaugural members of the Corporation's board;
· establishing a WA Film Centre at the former West Ed media centre in Leederville; and -
· staging an annual international film festival in Perth.
Mrs Hallahan said the Film Development Corporation would administer a $6 million fund of unclaimed Lottery prizes to provide grants to film producers over the next three years.
The WA Film Centre would provide the infrastructure for talented local film makers to produce an initial three or four major films or mini-series each year.
The Minister said the strategy flowed from a review of the WA film industry last year which involved wide industry consultation.