Theatre claims refuted
THE City of Subiaco made no attempt to contact the Regal Theatre Foundation before circulating incorrect information about its operation and ownership, according to Foundation chairman Richard Diggins.
At an April meeting, councillors deferred committing the City to becoming the first commercial sponsor of the theatre’s ongoing $10 million restoration program.
Mr Diggins, a former Subiaco mayor, spoke at a council meeting last month to “refute claims” that the Foundation was a private enterprise and clarify that it received a $500,000 grant for its restoration, not $1.8 million.
“The Regal Theatre is owned by the people, and the Foundation is the trustee,” he said.
In debating the staff recommendation to donate $100,000 to the Foundation, Cr Lee Hemsley said the theatre was an organisation worthy of support.
“At a time when football is leaving, we really need to support organisations that bring life and vitality to our city,” Cr Hemsley said.
Cr Murray Rowe proposed an alternate motion that the City consider a loan structure of about $500,000.
“It (proposed donation) has an impact on budgeting, and this system insists on keeping our budget down,” he said.
Council deferred the matter to its July round of meetings.
“We have the Regal Theatre’s request and our draft budget before us crashing into each other,” Cr Mark Burns said.
“It is not the right evening to make this decision.”