Geraldton MLA Ian Blayney has welcomed a new Western Australian Regional Film Fund, which is expected to generate wide-ranging rewards for the regions and the State by drawing more productions to Western Australia.
Multiple film production opportunities would drive job creation through local procurement, skills development and tourism – showcasing regional WA’s extraordinary landscapes, stories and experiences.
Treasurer Mike Nahan said the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program would continue to build a stronger economy by supporting initiatives like 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 country communities,” he 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 Western Australia.
"The screen industry will welcome the fund 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.”
He 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,” Mr Day said. “Jasper Jones recently finished shooting in Pemberton in the South West and Red Dog: True Blue worked alongside the Pilbara Development Commission.”