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The power of film

Tuesday, 13th August, 2019

Silver City Cinema’s Ashton Wren. PICTURE: Emily McInerney Silver City Cinema’s Ashton Wren. PICTURE: Emily McInerney

By Emily McInerney

As electricity prices continue to rise, small businesses in Broken Hill are struggling.

The Silver City Cinema has most recently been impacted after a discount deal ends soon.

The cinema’s Ashton Wren said they made the deal almost two years ago which resulted in them receiving a big discount on their electricity bills.

Recently they contacted their energy provider who, Ashton said, told them the discount was no longer available.

“We had a 32 per cent discount from AGL as a provider,” he said.

“But our contract finishes at the end of this month.

“We had been on it for two years. It was the deal that was on offer at the time.”

Mr Wren said he was looking hoping for any advice that might help provide subsidies for their big bills.

“I was wondering if there was anyone that could offer advice for any electricity subsidies because this will be an additional burden, we are doing the best we can now.”

Local State MP, Member for Barwon, Roy Butler encouraged small businesses to shop around for a better offer.

“People are struggling with electricity prices, so now is not the time for the NSW Government to be removing any subsidies,” Mr Butler said.

“Maybe the Silver City Cinema could go back to AGL and re-negotiate or go back to the market.

“We all need electricity and if the cinema can’t get cheaper power it could mean an increase in prices.”

Mr Butler said it was important for Broken Hill to keep its cinema.

“We need to ensure an amenity like the cinema stays open.

“We wouldn’t want to lose the cinema.

“It attracts people to Broken Hill, if they want to move they look for things like a cinema, nice parks and things to do.

“It would be a huge loss for the community; if the cinema was to close.”

The office of Minister for Energy and the Environment, Matt Keen, suggested visiting the NSW Energy Saver website which offers information on rebates available.

A spokesperson for AGL said they had spoken to Silver City Cinema about the bill.

“We’ve spoken to the customer and have committed to investigate his bill and work with him to find the best result for him,” said the spokesperson.

The website to visit is https://energysaver.nsw.gov.au/business

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