Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 24 August 2017) . . Page.. 3450 ..
(1) The Screen Production Fund. This is a program that provides co-investment funding, alongside other investors, in commercially focused projects that are wholly or partly undertaken in Canberra, and with significant Canberra elements or Canberra-based production content.
(2) The Screen Production Fund made a $50,000 co-investment to the $500,000 production of ‘Oyster’, a single documentary film directed by Canberra’s Kim Beamish and produced by Pat Fiske, trading as Bower Bird Films Pty Ltd.
(3) Bower Bird Films is required to acknowledge the ACT Government and ScreenACT as contributors in the opening and end credits of the film, as well as in the marketing material of the film in all territories, and on its release on DVD.
(4) Direct financial benefits do not flow, per se, to the ACT Government. The funding agreement with Bower Bird requires local production expenditure of $166,000 in Canberra to produce the film.
This also leverages a range of non-financial and industry development benefits – building enterprise capacity, skills, production credits, and experience in commercial cinema photography. In addition, a growing repertoire of Canberra content-rich films is promoting Canberra to external audiences.
(5) Formal calculations of an individual production’s financial benefit – covering direct and indirect benefit – are not routinely calculated. However, a 2015 Deloitte Access Economics report provided detailed quantification of the sector’s economic contribution at a national and state/territory level. In 2012-13, the sector was responsible for around $70 million in industry value added and supported 579 jobs in the ACT. Since 2012-13 there has been a threefold increase in the number of film productions in the ACT. The Deloitte Access Economics report also quantifies the tourism visitation link to Australian film content. Canberra rich content has been a feature of a number of projects supported by the Screen Production Fund.
(Question No 364)
Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Health and Wellbeing, upon notice, on 4 August 2017:
(1) Has the Minister failed to answer my letter dated 5 April 2017 about the business case for surgical education in the ACT submitted to it by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons; if so, why.
(2) What is the Government’s response to this business case.
Ms Fitzharris: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
(1) The response to your letter dated 5 April 2017 was returned by my office in early August 2017. I would like to apologise for the delay.
(2) Representatives from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) met with the Director-General ACT Health in June 2017 to re-visit the surgical education centre being developed within the coming months.