27 October 2011
of the Legislative Council
POLYTECHNIC SCREEN AND MEDIA COURSE
- As we know there are some things that can be done very well in
Tasmania. I would like to tell the members today about the success of
the Screen and Media course at the Polytechnic, which is the former
TAFE, in Launceston.
is happening there ties in with the success of recent feature films
in Tasmania like The
which is now showing around the world. It is working wonders for
Tasmania's image and it will have an inestimable influence on tourism
is based on a novel by Julia Leigh, and the film is mainly set in the
member for Western Tiers' electorate, in the Meander Valley itself.
It was filmed there because that is where the novel is set, Madam
Hall - The best bit of
country in Tasmania.
FINCH - The best country
Hall - Yes.
FINCH - Second best I am
Rattray - Third best.
PRESIDENT - You
are losing time.
FINCH - We are
digressing. Tasmania, of course, has tremendous scenery in
everybody's electorates for feature films. It is also a relatively
cheap place to make a film. There are two factors which help put
Tasmania on the feature film map. An element would be a pool of
technical and production talent, and that is one area where the
Polytechnic Screen and Media course could fit in.
courses are generating some very dynamic, qualified and professional
digital content makers. Madam President, digital media is of course a
twenty-first century phenomenon, which offers considerable
opportunity for Tasmania's future. We are in the process of seeing
the rollout of the NBN but nothing substantial is being done to
prepare Tasmanians for these opportunities. Digital media content
creation includes traditional film and TV production, web content,
trans-media, augmented reality, sound production, video games, iPhone
applications, graphic design and multi-media.
opportunities, Madam President, are truly global, and it is quite
viable for people in Tasmania to be creating content for distribution
broadcast and for corporate clients anywhere in the world. With
super-fast broadband, coupled with a wonderful place to live and
work, the opportunities for Tasmania are substantial but we need to
be actively preparing for this opportunity.
re-branded school of digital media incorporating the current Screen
and Media and Multimedia courses would capitalise on the already
substantial work being done at the Polytechnic in Launceston. While
enabling the courses to have some more space, and a modest amount of
new equipment, the school could be operational in time for next
year's intake. It is vitally important to offer this training at a
tertiary level in order to teach students to comply with the
appropriate industry work practice and culture, the standard of
production values and a collaborative approach to work.
renaming of the school will create a more attractive and contemporary
image, which is more in line with the digital opportunities that are
available to young Tasmanians and re-emphasise the strategic
importance of the broadband rollout.
would encourage young Tasmanians, of course, to stay in Tasmania. We
talk about that so often, and this would enable them to pursue their
dreams rather than flee to mainland tertiary institutions. Some will
go but some will stay.
President, it is hard to put a dollar figure on the opportunity for
young Tasmanians by taking this initiative but this is a dynamic,
growing industry, which can possibly thrive in Tasmania. It is time
we tried a few things other than the tired and relatively
unsuccessful approaches to creating opportunities for Tasmanian
youth. Let us put some resources into things that can do well and it
is the way our State can thrive.