Western Leader : November 16th 2010
20 WESTERN LEADER, NOVEMBER 16, 2010 NEWS Motorhomes OPEN DAY! SUNDAY NOVEMBER 21 10am-2pm VILLA MARIA ESTATE AUCKLAND 118 Montgomerie Road, Mangere, Auckland (5 mins from the Auckland Airport) On day specials available! Talk to the experienced Maui team in the relaxed surroundings of Villa Maria Estate whether you are interested in purchasing or hiring a motorhome. Go into the draw to WIN a Waitomo Maui ShortBreak just for coming along! MAU045-11/10 Does your insurance fit your small business? You may be a mobile tradesperson, café owner or pet shop supplier. Each small business is different and requires the right cover. That's why our team of experienced business specialists will help you choose the best cover for your needs. Talk to us direct on 0800 2 STATE (0800 278 283) today. Plus for a limited time only, if you take out a new policy or just increase your existing cover by 4th December, you could win 1 of 4 cash prizes of $2,500 each. For Terms & Conditions go to www.state.co.nz/Business-Policies. COLENSO1456C WE WANT YOU Please help us to help the National Burn Centre. Text HEAL to 4740 to donate $3. OPERATION THE MAD BUTCHER AND SUBURBAN NEWSPAPERS TRUST COMMUNITY Sir Peter Charles Leitch KNZM, QSM. Chairman, The Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust Camp needs bookings Balancing act: Neil Driver negotiates a rope bridge at the financially challenged Camp Lonsdale Outdoor Education Centre. By RICHARD EDMONDSON Piranha pond? Alligator pit? Acid bath? The obstacle course at Camp Lonsdale near Kaeo in Northland might require a leap of imagin- ation. But it s hard to fault the camp s suitability as an outdoor education centre for schools. The seven-hectare site boasts commando and compass courses through farmland and bush, while white sandy beaches and a boating lake are minutes away. So why aren t schools queuing to book the reasonably-priced facili- ties that include dining, kitchen and laundry blocks and bunkhouse accommodation for 66 people? That s the dilemma causing anguish for members of the non- profit trust that runs the Education Ministry- owned camp 2km from State Highway 10 on Matauri Bay Rd. Thousands of North- land school children have stayed at the camp since it was gifted to the region by Henry William Driver and his wife Ellen Lonsdale Driver in 1962. But bookings have been falling for years, according to the Drivers grandson Neil who owns a dairy farm surround- ing the camp and is chairman of the Lons- dale Park Camp Board. It s pretty dead here during terms two and three, Mr Driver says. The trust relies on rev- enue from bookings to offset costs and needs year-round occupancy for the camp to be fin- ancially viable. A building repairs pro- gramme might be in jeopardy if the trust can t raise the money from its own funds or from grants. Most of the upkeep is done by service clubs and board members but we need that income in the middle of the year, Mr Driver says. If we were talking about a couple of thou- sand dollars we would be fine but it is $127,000 so we need outside assist- ance. He hopes a new website www.lonsdale park.org.nz and a listing on an online register of outdoor education cen- tres will boost bookings. Because we re not on it, people assume we no longer exist. He asks schools, sports clubs and interest groups to support Lonsdale by holding their next camp or conference at the camp which charges $3 to $6 a night for children and $15 for adults. Call (09) 401-7226 for bookings or information.
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