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The Marshall Liberal Government is calling on stakeholders to have their say on the opportunities and challenges in growing the state’s creative industries.

Announcing the release of the Creative Industries Discussion Paper at an industry forum today, Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni said that this is an opportunity for the state’s creative industries to play a significant role in growing South Australia’s economy.

“South Australia’s creative industries have been identified as a priority sector for the state over the next five to 10 years based on the sector’s potential for growth,” Minister Pisoni said.

“We encourage all stakeholders in the creative industries to have their say on how to grow and strengthen the sector and help establish goals for where we want to be in 2030.

“The government recognises the diversity of the state’s creative industries. It will facilitate the development of an industry led creative industries sector strategy and work with industry to integrate these strategies into the South Australian Government’s Growth State: our plan for prosperity initiative.

“We want to hear about issues like future workforce needs and how to develop them, which emerging technologies we need to harness, how startups, mentors, investors and government and markets can be more effectively connected, and how we can better use existing infrastructure to foster collaboration and innovation.

“The creative industries are crucial to building a dynamic economy that provides new job opportunities, fosters entrepreneurialism and strengthens the future of our state.

“In South Australia there are an estimated 19,500 people employed in the creative industries.

“From the filming of the blockbuster movie Mortal Kombat in South Australia, through to the development of best-selling game Shopkins Word by Mighty Kingdom, creative industries provide significant value to the state.

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment David Ridgway said South Australia’s prosperity will be built by accelerating the development of industry sectors that have strong growth prospects globally, and the creative industries is one of nine priority sectors that have been identified.

“Over the coming months businesses, entrepreneurs, researchers and other influencers across the nine sectors will be invited to share their ideas and thoughts on how best to develop Growth State, through the development of industry-led sector strategies,” Minister Ridgway said.

“Growth State represents the Marshall Liberal Government’s blueprint for lifting the state’s competitiveness, attracting investment and growing exports to achieve an annual economic growth rate of 3% per annum.”

To find out more about the Growth State and contribute to a sector strategy for the creative industries, register your interest via email by 30 November 2019 to: creativeindustries@sa.gov.au

For a copy of the Creative Industries Discussion Paper, and to engage in the conversation, visit: https://yoursay.sa.gov.au/growing-creative-industries

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