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Monday, 21st March, 2011

PROUD: Former locals Paul and Diane Schmidt, who now live in Clarendon SA, think the new film studio is a fantastic investment. PROUD: Former locals Paul and Diane Schmidt, who now live in Clarendon SA, think the new film studio is a fantastic investment.

By Kurtis Eichler

Tourists, locals and former residents topped off St Pat's weekend with a visit to the Broken Hill Film Studio in Eyre Street.

More than 1,000 people turned up at Station B, the first to be redeveloped, which is 92 metres long, 25m wide and 16m high.

Former locals Paul and Diane Schmidt, who now own a business in Clarendon just out of Adelaide, said the new studio would be a fantastic thing for Broken Hill.

Mrs Schmidt said once the film studio was up and running, it had the potential to teach primary and secondary school students about production of films and multi-media.

"It's good for the town, and great marketing to open it on St Pat's weekend."

Mr Schmidt said it was ideal opportunity for the community to see how their money was being spent by looking around the new precinct.

"You've got to do something with these old buildings," he said.

Local residents Pat and Des Strickland also appreciated how Council recycled an old building for something completely new.

"We need to recycle," Mrs Strickland said.

This year's redevelopment of Station A, which is 110m long and 25m wide, will include educational facilities, production offices and tourist attractions including a Mad Max attraction or Mining experience.

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