Updated: Jul 14
Tutamoe Hall Association (Incorporated) established 22 August 1925
According to the last Charities Commission Return, the secretary, Kristen Loewinger-Hays declared that:
"The Tutamoe Hall Association Inc works closely together with the other local group, the Tutamoe Community Trust. Both entities work together to retain the local buildings (which are the Tutamoe Hall and the Tutamoe School and associated buildings). The Association owns the Tutamoe Hall and surrounding land, which is currently rented out to a local farmer. The officers of the board govern to their best ability in interest of the community."
So, lets dissect the statement above!
1. The Tutamoe Hall Association Inc works closely together with the other local group, the Tutamoe Community Trust. - Well of course they do, they have the same trustees on BOTH BOARDS!! How can they ensure a duty of impartiality?!
2. Both entities work together to retain the local buildings (which are the Tutamoe Hall and the Tutamoe School and associated buildings). - WORK TO RETAIN THE LOCAL BUILDINGS?!?! OMG!!! How have they done this over the last 10 years? Retain according to the English Oxford Dictionary means "continue to have (something); keep possession of" BUT THESE TRUSTEES HAVE TRIED TO SELL ALL THE BUILDINGS AND LAND! As for the upkeep, well this is questionable as well! The 'local farmer' claims to have "spent thousands and thousands and thousands of dollars on those buildings to stop them going into ruination and upgrades" A full and comprehensive list of repairs and maintenance the farmer has done was requested back in 2018 at a community meeting and this has never been provided. Going by the state of the buildings that this farmer had control of it would be hard to find where 'thousands and thousands and thousands' of dollars have been spent! If you wish to see the current state of the buildings see our photo gallery page!
3. The Association owns the Tutamoe Hall and surrounding land, which is currently rented out to a local farmer. - RENTED FOR FREE SINCE 2017/18! According to the farmer he pays the insurance and rates because his rental cost per year was less than these costs to the trust. According to the financial returns made to the Charities Commission it is declared that: 2014 - rent received $3120 - Insurance Paid $789.03 - Rates are free as the land is owned by an Inc. Society! 2015 - rent received $3820 - Insurance Paid $812.08 2016 - rent received $3940 - Insurance Paid $814.72 2017 - rent received $4590 - Insurance Paid $833.93 Now I know I am not great at math and have to use a calculator for most calculations but how is $3,248 of insurance payments over four years MORE than the rent of $15,470? Who is going to pay for the loss of rental income to the Tutamoe Hall Association for the 2018 and 2019 years? At the same rate as 2017 (the last rent recorded) that equates to a loss of $9180!!!
4. The officers of the board govern to their best ability in interest of the community. - After reading any of the above statements, does it really look like the Trustees who approved the 'FREE RENT' had the 'BEST INTEREST' of the community in mind?
This is just one instance where proof can be found that the trustees have NOT acted in good faith. If this is the "best of their abilities" and the best they can do, run an organisation into liquidation then they need to be put behind bars! Maybe they don't realise that under the Crimes Act 1961, Section 229 states, Criminal breach of trust (1) Every one is guilty of a criminal breach of trust who, as a trustee of any trust, dishonestly and contrary to the terms of that trust, converts anything to any use not authorised by the trust. (2) Every trustee who commits a criminal breach of trust is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 7 years.