Public feedback sought on cinema

Public feedback sought on cinema

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

The South Taranaki District Council (STDC) is consulting with the public on whether it should provide some ongoing annual funding for Hawera Cinema 2.

The Council approved the consultation document at last night’s ordinary meeting which puts forward 2 options for the public to consider; that the Council provides additional ongoing financial support ($50,000 per annum) or that it doesn’t.

The Council purchased the Cinema in March 2007 for $1 million to keep the facility open and a charitable Trust was formed to manage and run it. As part of the arrangement the Trust would pay rent to the Council which would be used, in part, to pay off the loan raised to purchase the cinema. Since 2006 the Council has made three additional contributions to the cinema either in the form of waived rent or cash to the tune of $151,340.

Group manager of community services and development, Fiona Greenhill, says this is the community’s opportunity to let the Mayor and Councillors understand their views about the Council’s support of the cinema or to put forward other ideas.

“Based on the operating expenditure of the Cinema over the last four years we believe an annual operating grant of $50,000 would be necessary to ensure the ongoing financial viability of the facility,” she says.  “For the average urban ratepayer with a property valued at $240,000 that represents an increase of $1.50 on their rates for the year,” says Ms Greenhill.

Over the last 3 years the Cinema has averaged around 50,000 admissions which makes it one of the district’s most popular facilities.

The consultation document  can be seen on the Council’s website, at any LibraryPlus, Hawera Cinema 2, TSB Hub, Powerco Aquatic Centre or you can phone 0800 111 323 for a copy to be sent to you. The document will also be published in the Council’s weekly newsletter, Southlink, in the South Taranaki Star in the 8 September issue. If you prefer the social media environment you can also go onto the Council’s Facebook page to find out more.

Consultation runs from 6 September until 4pm on Thursday 6 October.

To read the Cinema Proposal and/or make a submission, click here.