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Chloe Phyllis Beverley, daughter of Susan
Anderson and Michael Whyte, of Loxton,
was born at the Loxton Hospital Complex
on April 8. A little sister to Jaxon Whyte,
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Maxton David, son of Kayla Winter and
Tristan Jackson, of Renmark, was born at
the Loxton Hospital Complex on April 7.
A little brother to Joseph, 4, and Mahayla
The number of loans to South Australians
intending to buy a home or build a new one
is on the decline, according to new figures
released this week.
Housing Industry Association SA director Robert
Harding said the number of home loans applied for in
February 2015 was 17.4 per cent weaker than the same
time a year ago.
“A quarterly perspective paints a similarly poor picture,
with the number of loans to households purchasing new
homes in the three months to February falling 11.7 per
cent below the corresponding period a year earlier,” he
“Reflecting the deflated confidence among households
in South Australia, the housing finance figures also show
the decline in turnover of established homes.
“Excluding refinancing, the number of loans to
households during February who were purchasing
established homes was down by 7.4 per cent compared
with a year ago.”
Mr Harding said lending activity in the first home
buyer market was “particularly worrying” in South
“ The number of loans to first home buyers in the three
months to February 2015 was 34.3 per cent lower than
the corresponding period a year earlier,” he said.
“In most jurisdictions around the country a renaissance
of new home building is proving to be a key driver of
“Our local policy makers must ask themselves why
policy settings in South Australia are failing to enable
the state to participate in the housing upswing evident
“If new home building is to play the key role in reviving
the South Australian economy as it has in other states,
the government must take action now.”
ABS stats: home
loans on decline
SA new home lending – number of loans.
Senator Anne Ruston
has urged local women
to ensure they make
regular breast screening
appointments as part of a
new Federal Government
breast cancer campaign.
The $55 million ‘An invita-
tion that could save you life’
campaign invites Australian
women aged 55-74 to have free
screenings for breast cancer.
“Breast screening saves
lives,” Senator Ruston said.
“Breast cancer is the sec-
ond-most common cause of
cancer-related deaths among
“Breast screening can iden-
tify cancer before symptoms
appear, or before a change is
“If it’s detected and managed
early, nine out of 10 cases can
be successfully treated.
“We anticipate an additional
220,000 breast screens will be
delivered as a result of this
Women will receive invita-
tions in the mail soon.
Campaign to boost screening rates
by Laura Eckert
Primary students will be
testing their brains in new
ways, after the school
unveiled its outdoor giant
chess set recently.
The new play equip-
ment, which also includes a
life-size checkers game, has
been a “hit” among the stu-
dents since it was completed
“There has been some big
line-ups and kids have been
waiting for ages to have a go,”
said Andrea Athanasopoulos,
the school’s year 6/7 teacher.
“It gives those kids that aren’t
particularly sporty another
option for something to do at
Mrs Athanasopoulos said the
school started creating the giant
set at the start of the year, with
the aim to encourage students
to think “strategically and more
“They (the students) were
into chess in the library all the
time, so that’s why we decided
to do it,” she said.
“It’s been a dream for a long
time and we had some kids who
were excited to help, along with
our groundsman and the par-
ents who did the paving.
“It’s a game of strategy that
challenges players to think
carefully before making a
Year 6 students Hudson
Hearn and Declan Felder assist-
ed with designing the life-size
chess and checkers set.
“Declan and I both measured
how many squares and how
much space we needed, and
then we had to screw the pieces
together,” Hudson said.
“It’s been pretty surprising
the popularity of it – I’ve even
had a few checkmates already.”
Loxton Lutheran Primary School’s year 6 students Hudson Hearn (left) and Declan Felder put
their brains and strategy against each other using the school’s new giant chess set.
School plays (big) mind games
If you would like your new bundle of
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office on 8584 7271.
Young working Australians could
be wasting thousands of dollars in
unnecessary fees every year by having
many separate superannuation accounts.
According to figures released by the Australian
Taxation Office (ATO), 45 per cent of Australians
aged between 18 and 35 have more than one super
The ATO is encouraging young workers with
multiple accounts to combine their super into one
account. For more information visit the website (ato.
Combine your super accounts
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