Golden oldies gone cold

Theatre of the absurd: Steve Howlett and Terry McCartney are disheartened by the closure of MMIM. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d427371
Theatre of the absurd: Steve Howlett and Terry McCartney are disheartened by the closure of MMIM. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d427371

After more than five years, committee members agreed to no longer continue the monthly movie screenings in the Midland Town Hall after the City of Swan imposed paperwork with non-negotiable new terms.

Bassendean Senior Citizens Club president Pam Stewart said the reaction from the group when the news was announced was ‘shock’.

‘We would have about a dozen members go each time, whether they took our bus or made their own way there by train, and it just became part of their entertainment,’ she said.

‘We will have to make alternate plans for outings now, but going to a regular cinema to see a movie probably won’t be an option because it is far more expensive and you don’t get morning tea with it like you did at the Midland movies.’

Former MIMM committee member Terry McCartney said it was ‘safe to assume’ that other former committee members would be ‘reluctant’ to give up their free time for any other City of Swan-related event in the future.

Steve Howlett swore off any association with the City.

‘This experience has turned me off doing it (volunteering) again,’ she said.

City of Swan chief executive Mike Foley said the group was required to become an incorporated volunteer group to continue.

‘Other groups the City works with are either incorporated community associations, making them eligible for the City’s insurance cover, or they are incorporated community organisations with independently obtained insurance cover, and there is no need for them to be insured directly with the City,’ he said.

‘The MMIM group does not have a Certificate of Insurance and so is unable to continue to operate in its current structure.’

Former committee president Chris Klein said there were no plans to resurrect the monthly screenings in a neighbouring local government.

Mr Foley said the number of volunteers directly engaged by the City for the 2013/14 financial year was 479.

‘This figure does not include volunteer firefighters or individuals registered through the Swan Volunteer Resource Centre, who were engaged by other host organisations,’ he said.

‘This figure reflects a steady increase in the number of volunteers directly engaged by the City.’