Mount Gambier’s Oatmill Cinema has welcomed funding through the Federal Government’s $20m Supporting Cinemas’ Retention Endurance and Enhancement of Neighbourhoods (SCREEN) Fund.
Oatmill Cinema Complex owner Shane Fulwood said the funding would help to offset the losses caused by COVID.
“Finally a sequel worth delivering,” he said.
“As the COVID-19 horror movie drags on past its welcome runtime, the Federal Government has stepped in with a second round of its Oscar worthy SCREEN funding.
“This invaluable injection of funds will allow the Oatmill Cinema to remain present and viable until the COVID-19 credits roll and we return to a sustainable business and industry.
“Independent cinemas are often referred to ‘The Heart of the Community’, a place that invites social interaction, that not only supports the community but as a committed exhibitor of Australian films allows the people of the Limestone Coast to experience stories of who we are as a people, a nation, where we have been and where we may be going.”
Member for Barker Tony Pasin said independent cinemas were a vital component of Australia’s economic, social and cultural wellbeing.
“We want to keep their doors open, continue offering employment opportunities, and carry on showcasing diverse stories to entertain their communities,” he said.
“I’m pleased to announce the Oatmill Cinema in Mount Gambier has received a grant of $60,000 … this funding will enable Oatmill Cinema to recover from severe disruption that has largely impacted their revenue streams, and work towards restoring normal operations as COVID-19 restrictions ease.”