Water bill may close Majestic down
A $6200 bill from Unitywater for the year could bring down the final curtain on Pomona's historic Majestic Theatre if council support ceases.
But the Pomona Progress and Art Tourism Inc, which runs this and other community assets, said unlike their silent movies which are a major drawcard, they would refuse to go quietly.
Pomona Inc secretary Roy Harbour and his committee fear the welcome $1 million Sunshine Coast council community subsidy may not go far enough.
Indications are that Unitywater, a company created to oversee water and sewerage service deliveries, will hit the operators of the Pomona Markets and Old Railway Art Gallery and Information Centre with a six-fold increase over 12 months.
“Total cost to Pomona Inc for the current six months would rise to $3130.60, up from a subsidised and discounted $503.50 in the last six months of council-administered water and sewerage services,” Mr Harbour said.
“The arrival of the Unitywater account last week suggested we are facing an annual total of more than $6200 – and for this not-for-profit organisation, run by a handful of volunteers that could well be the final nail in the coffin.”
Mr Harbour said they would have to sell an “awful lot” of admission tickets to the Majestic to keep the doors of the much-loved theatre and community hub open.
He has written to the council seeking some form of ongoing support for groups like his and has also questioned how far the initial $1 million grant will stretch across the Coast.
“Prior to the confiscation of council water assets by the State Government and the imposition of additional tiers of bureaucracy in the water and sewerage field, Pomona Progress Art Tourism Inc paid a net annual total of around $1000 for council services,” he said.
“We appreciate that this was due mainly to council's previous generosity in providing a substantial rebate to organisations such as ours. Pomona Inc would like to be assured that any subsidy replacing the former council community rebate system should not be a one-off.”
A council spokeswoman said no ongoing subsidy assurance could be given as yet.