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Politicians tour film studio

Friday, 10th June, 2011

WALK THROUGH: Kevin Humphries (left), John Williams, Andrew Stoner, Mayor Wincen Cuy and Frank Zaknich in the BH Film Studio yesterday. WALK THROUGH: Kevin Humphries (left), John Williams, Andrew Stoner, Mayor Wincen Cuy and Frank Zaknich in the BH Film Studio yesterday.

Members of the Nationals' Parliamentary team left Broken Hill yesterday but not before visiting some of the city's facilities and attractions including the new BH Film Studio.

City Council is seeking funding from the State Government to complete the next stages of the studio which was toured yesterday by Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner and Kevin Humphries, Minister for Western NSW.

The pair, along with local MP John Williams, also discussed Council's submission for funding for the proposed haulage road to provide a heavy vehicle bypass for Broken Hill.

"Council has made submissions for both projects to the state government, my department is in the process of assessing those," Mr Stoner told the BDT.

"We are doing an economic assessment to see whether the contribution sought from the state government would have dividends into terms of economic activity and jobs.

"I think both projects have merit, but we are still in the process of assessing those submissions."

Mr Stoner said he would like to see more movies made in Broken Hill.

"I've just got to congratulate Broken Hill City Council and the state government got behind the first phase and already that is paying dividends in terms of Mad Max 4.

"I would be very keen to actually work with Broken Hill City Council to promote Broken Hill as a site for producing movies, there is a fair bit of interest, actually, from movie producers around the world in making movies in NSW, obviously their first interest is Sydney, but I would like them to look outside

Sydney and we've got a facility here in Broken Hill that I think would be very attractive to a lot of movie producers.

Again, that is an exciting prospect for Broken Hill to diversify it's economy and diversity it's industries build on tourism, it all works hand in glove."

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