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Studio deal struck

Wednesday, 9th March, 2011

AGREEMENT: The city’s new studio in Eyre Street (above), and a scene from Mad Max 2 (top), one of the movies that helped make the region a popular location for the film industry. AGREEMENT: The city’s new studio in Eyre Street (above), and a scene from Mad Max 2 (top), one of the movies that helped make the region a popular location for the film industry.

Stage set for city to shine

Local ambitions to be one of the world's principal film locations took centre stage this week when City Council and film company Kennedy Miller Mitchell finalised the lease arrangements for the tenancy of the new film studio.

Mayor Wincen Cuy said a two-year agreement, which included an extension clause if required, was testament to the extraordinary vision and tenacity of the team involved in getting the project in Eyre Street off the ground.

"Council and Kennedy Miller Mitchell have consistently worked together to make the film studio a reality and reach this historic agreement and Council is very pleased to confirm the studio now has its first long-term tenant," Mayor Cuy said.

He praised the State Government, the film industry, Perilya and the local community for supporting a vision he said would contribute to a sustainable future for the district and the economic success of the Australian film industry.

"It is envisaged that once fully developed, the combined film studio and precinct will generate over 10 years an estimated $167 million in indirect benefits to the city, with an average of 161 fulltime time equivalent jobs per annum," Mayor Cuy said.

"This is in addition to the $700,000 a year that is already spent by film and media production companies in Broken Hill.

"During the past five years, a new film and media production has opened in Broken Hill around every three weeks and since 1982 (when Mad Max 2 was filmed), well over 300 new film and media productions have been shot in and around Broken Hill."

The mayor also said there were a number of negotiations taking place with production houses and education providers involving the use of the film studio precinct.

"The film studio and precinct now provides a centre for all that creativity and development and it is envisaged that it will be a centre for excellence in a number of fields," he said.

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