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Parents of students
ABSTUDY Living Allowance
are urged to update their
details with Centrelink.
Department of Human Services
general manager Hank Jongen
reminded eligible students about
the annual reassessment of their
parents’ income and family assets.
“We use the parental means
test to make sure we are paying
students at the right rate,” Mr
“ This is especially important in
avoiding an overpayment, which
may result in students incurring a
“Parents with children receiving
ABSTUDY Living Allowance as
a dependant have until late
December to update us with their
income and family asset details.”
More than 100,000 families
received letters advising parents
to update their income and family
Mr Jongen said each letter gives
parents a unique code to enter
using Centrelink Online Services.
“ABSTUDY Living Allowance
for dependant students can be
suspended if a parent’s income
and family assets details are not
received on time,” he said.
“If a student payment is
suspended due to a parent
failing to update their details, it
will be restored as soon as the
information is received.”
For more information, visit the
Student payment information update reminder Stats show spike in
new home lending
Australian Bureau of Statistics figures
released last week show new home lending
rose strongly during the month of September.
Based on the data, the Housing Industry Association
estimates that the total number of loans, seasonally
adjusted, to owner occupiers purchasing or constructing
new homes increased by 8.5 per cent in the month of
During the September quarter, the number of these
loans totalled 1577.
This is 2.2 per cent higher than in the previous quarter
and 4.3 per higher than in the corresponding quarter of
“ The strong rise in September was due to a strong
result in the number of loans to those owner occupiers
constructing new homes,” said Robert Harding, HIA
executive director for South Australia.
“On the other hand, the category composed of
those purchasing newly-constructed homes is showing
“ This experienced an 18.1 per cent decline during
“Overall, however, the result is a welcome update not
only for the state’s residential construction sector, but
also for the wider economy.”
Mr Harding said South Australia’s economy continued
to “face strong headwinds”.
“A healthy residential construction sector will
be crucial in mitigating the effects of deterioration
elsewhere in the wider economy,” he said.
“State policy makers still have an important role to
play and cannot simply rely on the temporary, very low
lending rates to do the heavy lifting.”
“Policy reform, starting with addressing the excessive
taxation on housing, is long overdue.
“Acting now will bode well for further strengthing the
residential construction sector right at the time when
the state’s wider economy will need it.”
Event’s silver streak
continued from page 1
The Cellar Door Wine Festival in Adelaide took out
the top prize in the award, highlighting the strength of
McLaren Vale’s Gorgeous Festival were also award-
ed a silver in the same category.
Loxton Christmas Lights Committee chairman
Peter Mangelsdorf and Loxton District Chamber
of Commerce business and events manager Sonya
Altschwager attended the awards saying it was an
“incredible achievement and fantastic promotion for
“This is the eighth year in a row we have received
either a gold or silver award in this very competitive
category,” Ms Altschwager said.
“Loxton Christmas Lights Committee secretary Pat
West does a fantastic job in putting the submission
(for the awards) together each year.”
The Loxton Lights Festival won gold in 2006, along
with back-to-back titles in 2008 and 2009.
Friday night’s award ceremony featured over 130
entries across 30 categories and Tourism Minister
Leon Bignell said the high standard of entries across
all categories reinforced the message that South
Australia had a world class tourism industry.
BIG4 Renmark Riverfront Holiday Park took out
gold in the tourist and caravan parks category on
Friday night, while The Frames in Paringa won the new
tourism development category and Griffens Marina
in Blanchetown, won the Unique Accommodation
Loxton District Chamber of Commerce business
and events manager Sonya Altschwager (left),
and Loxton Christmas Lights Committee chairman
Peter Mangelsdorf at Friday night’s 2014 South
Australian Tourism Awards.
Holiday park’s newest additions
by Stephanie Gropler
Tourists will now have the
option of staying in one of four
executive cabins at the Loxton
Riverfront Holiday Park.
The cabins, which are situated
overlooking the Murray River, have
been well occupied in recent weeks.
Loxton Riverfront Holiday Park
manager Nash Furbow said the cabins
had been “well received” by visitors
to the park.
“The first set of occupants loved
them and they said they were fantas-
tic,” she said.
All of the four cabins are two bed-
room and all feature queen beds in the
main room, while three feature two
sets of bunk beds and the other has a
double bed and fold-out option.
The four cabins are situated on the
western side of the caravan park with
“It is a million dollar view,” Mrs
The cabins are fully furnished,
complete with a dining suite, large
fridge, oven and cook top, along with
outdoor dining overlooking the river.
“You can comfortably stay there
and not feel like you are cramped,”
Mrs Furbow said landscaping of
the area would be carried out in com-
ing weeks, while a disability friendly
cabin and refurbishment of older cab-
ins is expected to happen by the end
of the financial year.
Loxton Waikerie Council chief
executive officer Peter Ackland said
the new cabins were part of the overall
development plan for the park since
purchasing the lease in August 2013.
“The cabins offer a new level of
holidaying experience and include
decks to take advantage of the out-
standing river views on offer from the
park,” he said.
“The new cabins and other refur-
bishments are designed to increase
occupancy and therefore attract more
people to Loxton, which is one of the
prime aims of council in operating
The cabins are available for $165 a
night for two people.
one of four new
executive cabins at
The new executive cabins are based on the
western side of the park, overlooking the river.
Supporting White Ribbon Day
The Zonta Club of the
Riverland Inc will join 1200
other clubs in 67 countries
for the Zonta Says NO to
Violence Against Women
In support of White Ribbon Day
on Tuesday, November 25, and 16
Days of Activism Against Gender
Violence from November 25 to
December 10, the club will hold
a car boot sale, advocating and
raising awareness of the issues of
violence against women.
The event will take place on
Sunday, November 23, at the Berri
Funds raised from the event will
support local and international
Zonta projects to improve the sta-
tus of women.
Prom countdown is on
With senior exams finishing today,
many Loxton High School students will
now be shifting their focus to the end of
This year’s event is at the Loxton Sporting Club
on Thursday, December 4, with arrivals from 5pm.
Many local hairdressers and beauticians have
been booked out for months in advance.
Prom celebrates the achievements of senior
students and as a final catch-up for peers and
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