Cameras keep rolling in Queensland’s economic recovery
October 27, 2020
The Palaszczuk Government has committed an additional $25 million over two years, to boost Queensland’s status as one of the world’s premier destinations for screen productions.
The investment will provide a $20 million extension to the highly successful Production Attraction Strategy and support the construction of a $5 million television hub on the Gold Coast for national and international productions.
The investment follows a recent announcement that three landmark Universal Studio TV series had chosen to film in Queensland, providing an additional boost as the Palaszczuk Government continues to roll out Queensland’s economic recovery plan.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Queensland was in a prime position to attract international projects and boost local production.
“Our strong COVID response and world class workforce makes Queensland an ideal destination for productions, both local and international,” the Premier said.
“This additional investment in the Screen Queensland Production Attraction Strategy and strengthens Queensland’s pull for big projects.
“Now, more than ever, it is imperative that we continue to explore new opportunities for economic growth and continue to create jobs for Queenslanders.
“Our Production Attraction Strategy has already been a huge success.
“With an investment of over $80 million since 2015, we’ve been able to ensure that blockbusters like Thor: Ragnarok, Aquaman and Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Biopic are filmed right here in Queensland.
“That’s given our state an economic boost of more than $900 million dollars and supported more than 10,000 jobs here in Queensland.”
Assistant Tourism Minister and Labor Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon said today’s announcement would allow the Gold Coast to capitalise on the rapidly-growing film production industry.
“A television hub on the Gold Coast would support 60 local jobs for crew members and provide a long-term pipeline for production work in Queensland,” she said.
Tourism Minister Kate Jones said Labor’s commitment had the potential to leverage co-investment from other levels of government to optimise outcomes, secure more production and cement the Gold Coast as a premier screen production hub.
“With a re-elected Palaszczuk Government putting money on the table, there would be no better time for Scott Morrison and local governments to pitch in with funding and drive home the competitive advantage for the industry on the Coast and surrounding areas,” Ms Jones said.