Moree councillor John Tramby is rallying the community to get behind the proposal for a new cinema in the town.
At council's meeting on Thursday, September 12, council voted to remove the Moree Civic Precinct upgrade and subsequent opportunity for a cinema in Moree, due to the increase in cost estimation for the project and concerns over ongoing costs of a cinema.
"We're the only town that doesn't have a cinema anywhere in the north west. We need to make this town liveable," Cr Tramby said at the meeting on Thursday.
"That mezzanine level is stage one to getting conferences to this town, to getting live shows to this town.
"That application was put in as it was, and I support it, and the townspeople have shown in repeated petitions they support it."
Cr Tramby currently has a petition in support of a cinema in Moree that is signed by more than 500 people and continues to grow.
He was very disappointed that council chose not to endorse the project.
"I'm concerned that some councillors felt it wasn't necessary in our town" Cr Tramby said.
He's now hoping council will endorse a revised application, that will only included Stage 2 of the redevelopment program with the Banquet Hall upgrade, for the established of a multi-purpose theatre and cinema.
Cr Tramby said it would be of no extra cost to council and a 355 Committee would be established to be responsible for all costs and the operation of the facility.
The revised application would be for $434,000, with a co-funding contribution of $108,500 - 25 percent of the cost - reducing the grant application to $325,500.
Cr Tramby says there is a lot of support from the community for a cinema, particularly from the youth council.
"I'm urging anybody that feels strongly to attend the meeting on Thursday, September 26, be there at 3.45pm to sign up for the public forum to speak in support for the cinema," he said.
"We need a strong representation at the public forum to speak.
"it's interesting the influence it (public forum) has as to how councillors will vote with a large crowd in attendance."
Council's next meeting will be held on Thursday, September 26 from 4pm.