- McGowan Government seeks proposals to develop state-of-the-art studio facilities to cater for WA's growing screen production needs
- Proposed facilities would also cater for emerging games and immersive technologies sectors
- Problem and Opportunity Statements are a new initiative under the McGowan Government's Market-led Proposals policy
The McGowan Government is seeking proposals from the private sector to build, locate and operate a screen production facility in Western Australia. Proponents are invited to respond to one or more of these elements.
The facility would provide studio, digital and post-production activities to complement the boom in location-based screen activities across regional Western Australia.
The proposed facility would also need to meet the requirements of the emerging games and immersive technologies sectors.
The proposal is part of the McGowan Government's Problem and Opportunity Statement policy.
The policy, part of the Market-led Proposal program, allows Government to provide focused opportunities for industry to respond with innovative solutions that stimulate the economy and create jobs for Western Australians.
As part of the program, the Government is calling for a proposal that would include:
- a sound stage between 2,323 square metres and 3,716 square metres (25,000ft2 to 40,000ft2) with a 15-metre ceiling and large opening doors so that trucks can drive in/out;
- two to three smaller sound stages of at least 929 square metres (10,000ft2);
- production offices of approximately 1,000 square metres;
- two construction workshops of at least 675 square metres each;
- costume, laundry, makeup and hair facilities; and
- lock-up storage and at least 3,000 square metres of parking for trucks and vehicles.
It is envisaged the screen facility would be located within 20 kilometres of the Perth central business district, close to public transport and with the potential for future expansion.
The development of screen facilities would complement the increased level of production through the State Government's $16 million investment into the WA Screen Fund (previously named the WA Regional Film Fund) and Lotterywest investment.
For more information, visit the Market-led Proposals website at http://www.wa.gov.au/organisation/department-of-finance/market-led-proposals
Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman:
"WA's screen industry is booming on several fronts and this proposal will help us capitalise on the remarkable talents and industry expertise that we have here.
"We already know there is a lot of interest from WA's screen industry in building such facilities.
"In fact, we have already received several unsolicited proposals to develop screen and studio facilities in WA.
"What we are hoping to do now is pursue a formal process to find a location and a preferred industry respondent or respondents who can work with us to make WA's screen industry even more successful."
Minister's office - 6552 5400