Movie production centre for Sydney's west

Movie production centre for Sydney's west

Plans are afoot to build a $150 million film production precinct at Penrith Lakes in Sydney's outer west.

The site – which was the location of the final scene in 2015's Mad Max: Fury Road – could soon become a permanent home for some of the world's biggest blockbusters, NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes says.

The development would be made possible by a proposed amendment to the State Environmental Planning Policy, now on public exhibition.

“Who needs Hollywood Hills when we've got Penrith Lakes?” Mr Stokes said in a statement on Saturday.

“NSW is home to some of the best film production crews in the world, so it's fitting they have a place to call home in Greater Sydney.”

If approved, the 41-hectare precinct would include up to 10 production stages, filming tanks, construction and design facilities, and a film school, Mr Stokes says.

“It would create up to 300 construction jobs over three years and once completed, the site would employ up to 2000 people on major movie projects.”

The proposed planning changes include provision for an 18-hole golf course, a new heliport for Sydney Helicopters and the heritage listing of the historic Landers Inn, enabling uses such as tourist accommodation.

Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres says the venture will be a win for the film industry, Western Sydney and the people of Penrith.

“This is a fantastic result for Penrith that will bring jobs and investment while activating a beautiful part of Western Sydney,” he said in a statement.

“The heritage listing of the Landers Inn is really important because it will ensure the building is protected while giving the public greater access to a historic local building.

“Importantly, the plan also ensures flood evacuation will be considered for all land use proposals within the Penrith Lakes Scheme.”

The planned production precinct is situated immediately west of Penrith CBD and will be built in three stages.

Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue chair Christopher Brown says federal and state governments have committed to creating 200,000 knowledge jobs as part of their Western Sydney City Deal and many can come in the creative industries that serve the movie sector.

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