South East Queensland’s film and television production stocks are about to get a lift, with the state government announcing the site for a new $12 million studio complex.
A privately owned industrial site in Hemmant in Brisbane has been named as the preferred “complementary facility” to Village Road Show Studios in Oxenford on the Gold Coast.
Currently houses five large vacant warehouses, the building would be converted into a state-of-the-art film and television complex, with Screen Queensland planning to include the development of two sound stages to house two productions simultaneously.
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Flexible spaces for wardrobe, costume and makeup, set and prop construction workshops and warehousing are also part of the design.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said a 20 day community consultation for the proposed complex commences this week giving an opportunity for council, local businesses and residents to have their say.
“We are investing in this vital Queensland industry, supporting the creative jobs of the future and continuing to put Queensland’s talented local practitioners centre-stage,” Ms Palaszczuk said in a statement on Sunday.
“Brisbane’s new complex, expected to be operational later this year, will be a complementary facility to the in demand, world-class, Village Road Show Studios on the Gold Coast,” she explained.
While the Oxenford studios will continue to mostly be used to film large-scale blockbusters, the Brisbane facility will allow for more domestic production.