CM – Plan to attract Hollywood heavyweights to Queensland

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More Hollywood heavyweights could be lured to Queensland with a blockbuster-sized cash injection from the state government.

Tuesday’s state budget will include a $ 71 million injection of cash for the screen industry, which the Prime Minister said will create jobs and help the state’s economy recover from the pandemic.

The new money includes an additional $ 53 million over two years for the state’s Production Attraction Strategy to secure a pipeline of international and domestic productions.

In addition, $ 4 million will be allocated over four years to a new display industry advancement program in the north of the state and $ 10 million over two years to a « mail, digital and visual effects » incentive.

The Production Attraction Strategy has been used in recent years to secure films like Thor: Ragnarok, Aquaman, Godzilla vs Kong, and Escape from Spiderhead.

« From competitive incentives and world-class studio facilities to highly skilled local crews and diverse locations, it’s no surprise that the demand for film productions in Queensland is higher than ever, » said Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

“Our screen success is no accident, it is the result of long-term planning and strategic investment in the industry, led by Screen Queensland.

« It’s also because of how well the Queenslanders handled the Covid pandemic that made filming here so appealing. »

Screen Queensland’s chief executive Kylie Munnich said the funds would help them fund more domestic film productions and create more crew jobs stemming from the big productions.

« This budget will also benefit the regions, with a significant injection of cash to grow the display industry in the north of the state and build on the skills and expertise of the display professionals there, » she said.

According to the government, the blockbusters lured into the state by the Production Attraction Strategy have created more than 12,000 jobs and contributed more than $ 1 billion to the local economy.

Meanwhile, Treasurer Cameron Dick yesterday refused to say whether the government’s freeze on public sector hires would continue into the next fiscal year.

Nor would he say how much of the marked $ 3 billion in savings over four years had already been saved in the current fiscal year.

« Set your alarm … Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 am, I’ll reveal these details for all of Queensland, » said Mr. Dick.

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