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STORY SO FAR: A Clutha youth programme may be at risk after
the Clutha District Council opts to axe funding of a youth co-
I would like to highlight the fact
that local youth initiatives do not
start and finish with the local
council and/or its funding.
The local churches have been
providing programmes for
decades without council or
government funding or
recognition. Daniel Maze did a
fantastic job in his term as youth
co-ordinator and I do not wish to
However, it is important for our
community to know that there
always has been and always will
be, youth programmes funded
and driven by the local churches,
organised by volunteer leaders
who are passionate to see our
local youth reached before they
fall through the cracks''. I found
this doom and gloom article to
be a complete misrepresentation
of what is actually available for
our young people in the Clutha
district. Just pop in to your local
church and see for yourself what
is available. On behalf of our
local churches, I would like to
stand with councillor Hamish
Anderson and declare that our
youth are definitely not being
abandoned'- funding or not.
City Impact Church Balclutha
On behalf of many of our clients,
I wish to express my
disappointment in Kiwibank's
recent decision to close the
Baclutha ATM machine.
The result of this is that
customers are being penalised
with extra fees for using other
banks' ATMs. Many customers
can't afford these extra costs
and this is making everyday
living even more expensive than
it was before.
I am aware that customers can
go into the branch and make an
This is one option, but not nearly
as convenient as an ATM, which
is open 24/7.
The other option which has been
presented to customers is
making cash withdrawals with
This can work when shops are
willing and able to provide cash,
but many will not do this. And,
really, is it the job of our retailers
or the job of the bank to provide
cash to its customers?
Please, Kiwibank, reconsider
your decision to close the
ATM, and help out your
At the very least, make an
agreement with another bank so
customers can use their ATM
and preferably for no charge.
Some good old Kiwi service
would be great.
Clutha Budget Advisory
ON THE POLICE BEAT
No complaint made
after toilet assault
Senior Constable Tom Taylor
It was an assault in a toilet and
Balclutha Police want to get to the
bottom of it.
That's despite the assaulted man
telling police he did not want to
make a complaint.
The man was assaulted in the
toilets at Hotel South Otago on
Thursday and taken away by
ambulance to have a cut stitched.
Senior Constable Tom Taylor said
the offending party and the victim
were known to each other.
Meanwhile, a 27-year-old Milton
man was spoken to after making
threats and foul language on
George St on Sunday.
On March 6, a woman claimed she
was assaulted by another woman
on Clyde St. Police are still
investigating the complaint.
Licence? You need one?
A young driver in Lawrence on
Friday was pulled over and
stopped from driving after it was
discovered he had never held a
On Saturday, a driver travelling
through Milton in a near-new
Holden allegedly fell asleep and
crashed into a parked truck laden
with firewood on Union St. Senior
Constable Taylor said the driver
was sole occupant of the Holden
and he was uninjured.
Also in Milton on the following day,
a female driver was stopped on
High St and processed for excess
breath alcohol after giving a result
of 566mgm. She was also
forbidden to drive as her learner
driver's licence had expired.
In the early hours of last Friday,
somebody broke into New World
supermarket in Balclutha. Senior
Constable Taylor said the alarm
was activated and the offender
left, apparently without removing
any property. Police are reviewing
surveillance camera footage to see
if the offender can be identified.
Also, a cyclone gate was stolen
from a property on Whitehaven St
Shouting, police called
On Friday, police attended a verbal
domestic incident on Arthur St in
Milton after a concerned
neighbour heard loud shouting and
arguing. Senior Constable Taylor
said the female involved
voluntarily left the address to
diffuse the situation.
SHORT AND SHARP
A total fire ban for the district will come
into force at 6am on March 16. Principal
Rural Fire Officer Neville Hills said staff had
been closely monitoring the fire risk across
the district and it had now reached the
point where a total fire ban was necessary.
This means no-one, in the area of the
Clutha District, can light any fire in the
open area or cause or permit any such fire
to be lit until further notice, Mr Hills said.
Gas barbecues and cookers may be used
but should be kept well clear of
combustible materials. All Clutha District
Council rural fire permits that were in force
would be suspended and no applications
for new permits or renewals of permits
would be accepted until after the ban had
been lifted. Mr Mills said that while rain was
forecast within the next week, it would take
a significant number of days rainfall to
lower the current fire risk.
A public meeting to discuss Civil Defence
preparations and plans for the Clutha
Valley area will be held on March 18 at
7.30pm in the Clutha Valley Community
Centre. It will give an overview of Civil
Defence in the Clutha District, with a view
of forming a Civil Defence plan for the local
community. Fore more information contact
Alison Stirling on 03 415 9084 or at
firstname.lastname@example.org, or Karen Tunnah on
03 415 9492 or at email@example.com.
Trash & Treasure
A trash & treasure will be held at Beaumont
hall on Saturday, March 23 at 10am. Sites
are $10. Contact Margaret 03 485 9448 or
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