Local state MP Joan Pease recently announced that the state government is planning to build a $12M screen and television studio complex in Hemmant, near to the historic Queensport Hotel in Gosport Street – currently a site with five large empty warehouses.
“This is a great jobs boost to our community giving locals the opportunity to take part in an all-new industry and employer,” Ms Pease said. “The biggest problem with breaking into the screen industry is experience. This facility puts that opportunity in our own backyard.”
Screen Queensland plans include the development of two sound stages to house two productions simultaneously, and flexible spaces for wardrobe, costume and makeup, set and prop construction workshops and warehousing.
The new complex, expected to be operational later this year, will be a complementary facility to the Village Road Show Studios on the Gold Coast.
Queensland’s domestic screen industry has seen rapid growth and expansion through investment from the Production Attraction Strategy and has already secured productions such as the first Netflix Originals Series, a Stan feature film and some SBS and ABC television drama series.
The new production centre at Hemmant could even be involved in the second series of the popular ABC crime drama, Harrow, later this year.
A recent review into the screen sector by Deloitte found that the screen industry supported more than 7000 jobs in 2016-17 and contributed almost $1 billion to the Queensland economy.
Hollywood on the Southside
Joan Pease MP is a member of Wynnum Business and supporter of WynnumCentral.
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