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A new film and TV studio is set to be built in Cairns.

The Screen Queensland production facility will be built on a 6,500 square metre former Bunnings site at the corner of Spence and Fearnley Streets. Once completed the studio complex will house a sound stage and support facilities including production offices, construction, wardrobe, and hair and makeup departments, along with an events space and permanent creative tenancy opportunities.

“Locally-made, interstate and international productions are big business for Queensland and right now our screen industry is thriving,” Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

“Because of our strong health response, we’ve seen a surge in screen productions choosing Queensland as the place to be.

“In the last 18 months we’ve had a record number of projects being filmed here or wanting to film here, generating millions for our state economy and requiring a workforce of thousands.

“The pipeline of productions is critical for our economic recovery having kept Queenslanders in jobs throughout one of the most challenging times in our history.

“And we want to continue and grow that momentum which is why we promised to build a new $6.8 million studio in the Far North.”

Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said, “After months of planning, stakeholder roundtables and industry consultation, led by Screen Queensland and working with CQ University, I am pleased to announce that a site has been chosen and construction is set to commence in early in 2022.

“This studio is ideally located five minutes from the CBD, 13 minutes from the airport and with excellent access to the southern corridor highway.

“Far North Queensland is famed in the industry for its picture-perfect tropical and coastal locations, so the construction of this state-of-the-art facility will provide much-needed infrastructure to cater to the creative and logistical needs of local and visiting productions.”

Screen Queensland CEO Kylie Munnich said, “Recent productions for the region include the Queensland-made hit movie This Little Love of Mine, which rated number one on Netflix in the UK, and Network 10 series Dive Club, which filmed in Port Douglas and released to international audiences on Netflix recently.

“The Far North is home to expert local screen businesses such as Lone Star Productions, the team behind the NITV and SBS food and travel program Strait to the Plate, and cinematographers BioPixel and BioQuest who worked on David Attenborough’s Life In Colour.”

Screen Queensland Head of Studios Derek Hall added, “The Implementation Committee is working with architects and designers to create a facility that is multi-purpose and supports collaboration, serving the needs of a wide variety of local screen creatives and the wider artistic and cultural community in general,” he said.

It is estimated to be operational by mid-2022.

Source: tvtonight.com.au

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