Waitaki Herald : February 4th 2015
4 WAITAKI HERALD, FEBRUARY 4, 2015 NEWS Safety at heart of mill access A By DANIEL BIRCHFIELD email@example.com new entrance at Clarks Mill, south of Oamaru, has been officially opened after more than three years of planning and construction. The new entrance, around 70 metres south of the original entry point, was built to make access to and from the property safer for the increasing number of visitors to the historic flour mill. Around 60 people were in attendance at the opening and ribbon cutting, including Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher, Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean and Heritage New Zealand heritage destinations manager (southern) Paul McGahan. Clarks Mill property manager Anne Sutherland said the safety of visitors was paramount. ‘‘Clarks Mill and nearby Come on through: WaitakiMPJacqui Dean and Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher cut a ribbon to officially open a new, safer entrance to Clarks Mill south of Oamaru. SICK OF POT HOLES – DUST AND MUD? PHONE US AND WE WILL MAKE THEM GO AWAY! • Asphalting • Chip Sealing • Excavations • Cobblestones • Driveways • Farm Maintenance We have the right tools for the job Ph: 03 433 1129 Working hard: Original machinery in operation at Clarks Mill, which was built in the 1860s. 6523135AA Photos: DANIEL BIRCHFIELD/FAIRFAX NZ • Landscaping • Retaining Walls • Aggregate Supplies • Bridges • Stock Underpasses Totara Estate are increasingly becoming significant tourist attractions in the Waitaki region. ‘‘We want visitors to have a relaxed, informative and enjoyable time when they come here, and this new entrance to Clarks Mill will help that. ‘‘The previous access of State Highway 1 needed improvement to make it safer and we are Proud: Heritage New Zealand heritage destinations manager (southern) Paul McGahan and Clarks Mill property manager Anne Sutherland. delighted with the result.’’ McGahan said the new entrance, funded by the Otago Community Trust, is a much needed addition to the site. ‘‘We’ve always had concerns about the safety aspect of cars coming over the crest at high speed. ‘‘The consequences [of an acci- dent] would be huge and we don’t want that to happen.’’ Dean and Kircher said Clarks Mill was becoming more and more of a tourist destination because of its unique standing both nationally and internationally. ‘‘For the 3 million international visitors that come to New Zealand each year and the more and more that are coming every year, Clarks Mill will become one of the gems they have to see. There’s no other place like it in the world,’’ said Dean. After the formalities, those in attendance had the chance to see the 149-year-old mill up and running. The mill has its original roller milling machinery still intact and is maintained by several volunteers. Clarks Mill, built in around 1865 and operational in 1866, has been a Heritage New Zealand site since 1977. YOU NAME IT, WE RENT IT! Lions Club deregistered Why wait when you can RENT IT TODAY Refer a friend to earn $50 Cash! By DANIEL BIRCHFIELD firstname.lastname@example.org The Lions Club of Oamaru Charitable Trust has been deregistered for failing to file its annual returns on time. The club, first registered in July 2008, was deregistered on January 6 and will now have to re-apply for registration as a charitable trust. A Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) spokesperson said in November, more than 2000 letters were sent to all registered charities that had two or more annual returns outstanding and were given a one month deadline to file them. ‘‘Transparent financial infor- www.localrentals.co.nz | Head offi ce 0800 242 844 Ph: 0275 544 332 6511728AA mation is a key driver of public trust and confidence in individual charities and in the sector overall. ‘‘Charities are routinely sent a reminder at least two weeks before their annual return is due. ‘‘If the return isn’t received by the due date, Charities Services sends a reminder (generally) within two weeks, and then an overdue notice. ‘‘If the charity still fails to file their return, as required by the Charities Act, Charities Services begins the process to remove them from the register.’’ Lions Club of Oamaru Chari- table Trust treasurer Dick Cottier declined to comment on the matter, but confirmed the trust’s annual returns had been filed. He said he was informed the trust’s return was received after the deadline had passed. Trust president Peter Bond said he has been advised the trusts’s annual return had been filed late and that the trust was considering its options. ‘‘We are contemplating what to do next.’’ Charities have six months from their balance date to file their annual returns. For example, if a charity’s end of year falls on March 31, it has until September 30 to file an annual return. Deregistered charities can no longer access the benefits of registration, which include eligibility for charitable tax exemption. The MIA spokesperson said as a result of the letters, 1646 overdue annual returns from 772 organisations were added to the charities register, with about 141 being deregistered. Sixteen charities have voluntarily deregistered.
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