Over the past 11 years, our city's economy has broadened with several key industry sectors enjoying significant growth.
The film and television industry has been a star performer with our city now warmly embraced by some of the world's most recognised film directors who view the coast as a place where "magic happens".
Importantly, the industry has the backing of all three tiers of government as well as Screen Queensland, private investors, and industry organisations such as the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television.
Before 2020, the coast hosted an average of four feature films, or TV series, annually.
In 2020-21, our city hosted nine productions, and in 2021-22, we hosted 14 productions.
From an economic perspective, the Gold Coast screen industry generates $590 million per annum for our local economy and creates 8,000 jobs.
Which brings me to SCREEN FOREVER 37, taking place in May 2023.
This event brings together industry leaders, financiers, talent scouts and producers as they share their knowledge and expertise.
As Mayor, I want delegates to know we are here to assist in every way possible. We've replaced red tape with red carpet and are encouraging global interest in the design and construction of a new film production precinct in the north of the coast.
Our city offers so much to the industry: incredible built-form and natural attractions, reliable weather, local talent and importantly, a dedicated Film Attraction Unit within council.
SCREEN FOREVER 37 is the place to be and it's time to get down to business. Enjoy your time on the coast and I look forward to seeing you throughout the conference.