ScreenACT Office Changes – effective today
18 September 2006
Dear members of the ACT and Capital Region Screen Industries,
This notice is to inform you of changes to the ScreenACT office effective today.
Many of you will be aware that, as part of the recent ACT Government budget changes, it was decided ScreenACT would not continue in its current form, although a final decision was delayed for the purpose of consultation with the industry.
That final decision is still to be made, but in the meantime voluntary redundancies were offered to staff within BusinessACT and Edward Chalmers and I elected to take up that offer with our final day in the office being today. I apologise that we were not in a position to communicate this to you at an earlier date.
There have been various communications from sections of the Screen Industry in support of continuing the functions of ScreenACT and we have put forward our own submission in regard to the continued operation of the office, based on our views on how the office could have been set up to make it a more effective and better resourced proposition for the benefit of the whole industry.
Whatever the final decision, I hope that it will be for the benefit of the whole of the industry, including developing filmmakers/digital media artists; producers of broadcast content; producers of corporate videos and TVCs; freelancers; game development/ animation/multimedia professionals; and the education sector.
Future contact information for location/filming enquiries
To support the transition process, we recently updated the ScreenACT website to include key contact and permitting information for ACT and Commonwealth Government owned properties, as well as many of the major attractions in the ACT. This information can be found at: www.screenact.act.gov.au/filming/filming_permits.html.
The ScreenACT mailbox (firstname.lastname@example.org) will also be maintained for ACT enquiries that fall outside the information provided under permissions and protocols on the website.
For NSW Capital Region location and filming enquiries, Robert Pickles remains in the ScreenACT office. Robert’s contact details are available at: www.screenact.act.gov.au/contact/index.html.
The ScreenACT industry directory (www.screenact.act.gov.au/resources/industry_directory.html) and industry links (www.screenact.act.gov.au/resources/industry_links.html) also remain available on the website for the information of visiting productions as well as the local industry/community.
The events calendar will remain on the website at: www.screenact.act.gov.au/media/events_calendar.html with the information most recently submitted to us. The e-newsletter will be discontinued, so we encourage you to visit the websites of the various industry associations, festivals and events carried on in the ACT for information on what’s on in the ACT and region (see our industry directory and industry links pages for contact details).
I’d like to thank those members of the industry who have emailed, telephoned or visited us to express their appreciation for the location support and information services we have been able to provide. I’d also especially like to thank those in the industry who have been supportive of the office over the past two years and who have understood how the office operated in tandem with other ACT Government departments, such as artsACT and BusinessACT, to support the industry.
I’d like to thank Edward Chalmers, our Admin and Liaison Officer, who took to the position with enthusiasm and professionalism earlier this year at a hectic time after we had been understaffed for several months. Edward is heading to the more tropical environs of Queensland and I wish him all the best for his future!
I’d like to thank Robert Pickles for his keen knowledge of the industry and sense of humour in the office! I wish Robert every success with his continued role with ScreenACT and CRDB.
I am taking the opportunity to have some time away from the office to focus on the birth of my second child, due in a couple of months. I will also be contributing to the free regular e-newsletter, Canberra Film News, and am happy for members of the industry to submit items for publication in that free resource, in the same way that you have relied on ScreenACT’s e-newsletter for news, events and opportunities – you can contact me for this purpose care of: email@example.com.