Action on filming strategy
CAIRNS Regional Council is moving to streamline the process for filming in the region.
It is estimated that $40 million was spent by production companies in the Far North in the past three years.
Council’s economic development and innovation manager Fiona Wilson has developed a new filming/ photography policy, which supersedes the former Douglas shire’s policy.
The policy was approved at yesterday’s council meeting.
“This includes a single point of contact and being able to contact them at any time and a really easy application process,” she said.
“It’s a practical strategy to look at how easy and seamless it can be to film here and through that look at what the industry needs to be supported while filming here.
“Look at Reef Doctors, it not only profiles the region but it’s also doing business while it’s taking place, like accommodation
(over 65 rooms in three local hotels), charter boats, caterers and landscaping.”
Division 10 councillor Julia Leu said the new filming/photography policy is basically the same as the old policy with a couple of updates.
“It’s always been an important aspect for Douglas with so many films, documentaries and TV programs made in the area and feedback has always been crew and cast really enjoyed staying in the region,” she said.
“It’s amazing free advertising for us around the world. “There’s been some talk about while there are
beau- tiful locations outside, sometimes there is a need for a studio and wouldn’t it be great if there was a studio in the region.”
A studio might be a possibility in the future but Ms Wilson said the region will not be turning into an Aussie-style Hollywood.
“It’s not anything like saying we are Hollywood, let’s take it in stages and look at what we can do and look at industry needs,” Ms Wilson said.
“Within that we can address what infrastructure, systems and business capabilities are needed-take a whole industry look and support it as a good economic activity for this region.”