Film studio weeks from completion
Friday, 25th June, 2010
What's been mooted as the world's first desert film studio is just weeks away from completion.
Another important milestone was reached on the $2 million project this week when City Council moved to accept an independent report agreeing that it would be good for the city.
Bankstown City Services measured the redevelopment of the old Central Power Station into the Broken Hill Film Studio against provisions under State Planning regulations including heritage development and the management of lead contamination.
The assessment found that the development of the Eyre Street complex was in the public interest and would be a good move for the city.
"Council granted approval for the change of use from the Central Power Station to the Film Studio," said City Council's general manager Mr Zaknich.
"It's one of the key milestone for the film studio development."
While Ccouncil could grant the re-use of the site for the multi-million dollar development to itself, it opted to have the independent body assess it to remain open and accountable.
"Council can grant it to itself but (to keep the process open and unbiased) it was done by the independent body," Mr Zaknich said.
The site had been proposed as a film studio due to the size of the buildings on it and their good condition.
Power to the Perilya mine which had been coming from the old CPS has since been relocated, and the Bankstown report noted that only minor work, like cleaning, painting and concreting, had to be done to get the place up to scratch.
The transfer of the site's ownership from Perilya to City Council, at the cost of $1, would happen within weeks, allowing for the remainder of the work to begin, Mr Zaknich said.
"The Perilya mine supply is now operating outside the building (and) we are finishing the rest of the cable relocation," he said.
"Once the sale contract is finalised we can concrete the floor and repair the roof."
Mr Zaknich said the project was on time to be ready for the filming of the new Mad Max movie, Fury Road, due to begin in August.
"August was always our target and it still is."
The film's producers have said the new studio will add another element to the city's desert location.
City Council will invest $1 million in the project while the NSW Government will contribute a further $1 million.