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Film studio plan

Friday, 18th May, 2012

GRAND PLANS: The studios in the old Central Power Station in Eyre Street could one day be much more than a place to make movies. GRAND PLANS: The studios in the old Central Power Station in Eyre Street could one day be much more than a place to make movies.

City Council has announced an ambitious plan for the new film studios.

This weekend a nation-wide search will begin to find suitable investor partners.

Council will embark on an advertising campaign in some of Australia’s leading newspapers and online to attract suitable enterprises and individuals to build strategic partnerships to help develop, manage and/or operate the multi-million dollar facility.

The EOI prospectus will be officially launched by Mayor Wincen Cuy at Broken Hill Studios on Monday in front of an audience including some of Australia’s most influential mining executives who are in the city for the Resources and Energy Symposium.

Interested parties will have 10 weeks to lodge documents with Council indicating their vision for the precinct, which includes the nation’s fifth-largest operational film studio.

“We believe Broken Hill Studios represents a unique and exciting opportunity,” said City Council’s General Manager, Frank Zaknich.

“With the right collaborators the precinct has the potential to become one of the most extraordinary attractions in Australia and Council is determined to identify the best possible partners to make this goal a shared reality.”

The 36-page Expressions of Interest prospectus details possibilities for the Eyre Street site which has already attracted an investment of $2.1m from State and local governments, and reveal that Council views the precinct as much more than a movie-making location.

Diversifying the area to include accommodation, tourism, education and gaming represents a “magnificent opportunity,” according to Council’s Manager of Economic Development Andrea Roberts.

“There is no doubt that Council is prepared to think outside the square when it comes to the future for Broken Hill Studios and we are seeking investors with similar capacities,” Ms Roberts said.

“The area is highly adaptable and we want to explore any and every genuine possibility to help build on the existing film studio.”

The Expressions of Interest document, which will be available on Council’s website (www.brokenhill.nsw.gov.au) from tomorrow, lists a number of tourism options for the site including:

* A two-up game (subject to regulatory approval);

* A world class geological mining concept, possibly including an underground experience; and

* A motor museum and functioning workshop, which would be the first of its type in Australia.

Mr Zaknich described The Broken Hill Studios as “the most ambitious project in the city’s history” which has the potential to become “a world-class attraction of sight and sound, entertainment and education, art and commerce.

“Between now and July 27 when the Expressions Of Interest close we hope to hear from a wide cross section of organisations and individuals who share our vision,” he said.

“The possibilities are only limited by the imagination and I’d encourage all local investors to come forward and have input into this process as well.”

The launch of the EOI prospectus follows the direction outlined in the Broken Hill Film, Studios and Precinct Business Plan which was prepared before any investment was made. It identified the potential of the Eyre Street site as a multi-faceted facility.

“Calling for expressions of interest has always been clearly identified within the objectives of the Plan,” Ms Roberts said.

“When production company Kennedy Miller Mitchell requested to lease the facility until the end of 2012 we were delighted to accommodate them and welcome that on-going investment.

“But now that the production of Mad Max 4: Fury Road has moved off-shore, we are keen to further explore all options for the precinct.” she said.

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