World-class film studios at Fremantle a game-changer for industry

Published on Mon 22 February 2021 2:50pm

Australia’s creative industry should be a foundation stone of our recovery from the pandemic; but more than that, it should be one of the strongest and brightest vectors of our future productivity, economic activity, and jobs – of our storytelling and engagement with the world.

Mr Wilson (4:24pm) – Deputy Speaker, on Saturday I was rapt to be down at Victoria Quay with my fellow Freo representative, Simone McGurk, for the announcement by Premier Mark McGowan and Arts Minister David Templeman of a game-changing $100 million dollar commitment to long-awaited film studio infrastructure.

This will supercharge what is already a strong and distinctive WA screen industry. It will sustain new jobs and new enterprises, and finally allow WA to have a really serious piece of Australia’s screen action – which is not just television, feature films, and streamed-video-on-demand, but includes gaming and emerging video functionality in areas like education, health, and tourism.

Deputy Speaker, I want to take a moment to reflect on Simone McGurk’s effort as Freo’s WA parliamentary representative. People in the west know and respect Simone’s Ministerial work in critical areas like child protection and the prevention of family and domestic violence. But she’s also fought hard to champion some key pieces in the revitalisation of Freo, including the Kings Square project, the new $80 million police station, $20 million for upgrades at John Curtin College of the Arts, and now this incredible film studio project.

Australia’s creative industry should be a foundation stone of our recovery from the pandemic; but more than that, it should be one of the strongest and brightest vectors of our future productivity, economic activity, and jobs – of our storytelling and engagement with the world.

The McGowan government is supporting that potential and acting on that vision.

If only the Morrison government would do the same.

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