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The Centralian advocate Tue 18 Dec 2012



The Centralian advocate Tue 18 Dec 2012


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8 Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, December 18, 2012 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 1 8 -D E C -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 8 C O L O R : C M Y K www.alicewatersmart.com.au The Desert Drop NEWS Hair one minute . . . Sally Brooks Rachael McCullough (left) and Claire Robertson with Peter Tiller from Headlines for Hair and Beauty after having their locks cut off Picture: LAUREN REVAL Rachael McCullough and Claire Robertson before the cut THERES a lot more to Rachael McCullough and Claire Robertsons new, short hairstyles than fashion. Both girls lost their locks as part of a fundraising campaign for two charities. For Rachael, 17, having her hair chopped off to raise money for charity was surreal. When I first looked in a mirror it was hard to get used to it, but it feels really good now, Rachael says. It is a lot cooler and will be good for summer. Together Rachael and Claire, 18, have raised more than $7000 for the Leukaemia Foundation and also donated their hair to Beautiful Lengths, an organisation giving free real-hair wigs to women with cancer. The two teenagers recently finished Year 12 at St Philips College and are on their summer break. B o t h t h e y o u n g women are hoping to study at the University of Melbourne next year. There is still time to sponsor their team, the Charitable Cutters, online, until the National Worlds Greatest Shave event in March next year. For more information on the event go to w w w . m y . l e u k a e m i a f o u n d a t i o n . o r g . a u / charitablecutters. US strengthens ties with Alice Sally Brooks STAFF from the Consulate General of the United States are in Alice Springs this week meeting with various organisations and people to strengthen ties with the Red Centre. Leading the United States group is Susan Shultz, the public affairs officer from the Melbourne consular district. Ms Shultz is originally from a town just outside Chicago, but has spent the past 10 years on postings around the world including in India, Slovenia, Turkey and Kenya. She began her Australian posting about one year ago and has visited Uluru and Darwin, but this will be her first visit to Alice Springs. The trip is about making con nections, building understandings and personal relationships, says Ms Shultz. For me, it is also the opportunity to build a better understanding of the unique culture that is central Australia. Today the US delegates will meet with the Girls and the Centre program, run by the Smith Family in collaboration with Centralian Middle School. For Ms Shultz, supporting the work of women and girls is a personal passion. The Girls at the Centre is a program to help indigenous years seven to nine students move into senior school, finish year 12 and develop plans and goals postschool. Some of the aims of the program are to improve attendance and achievement, aspirations, life skills, emotional wellbe ing and resilience, and community awareness. Earlier this year a report urged increased investment in programs that support Aboriginal women and girls. The report said indigenous women are the drivers for change in their communities, and used the Girls in the Centre program as a case study. Rates for home loan scheme about to soar Katie Weiss AN Alice Springs home owner has warned friends and colleagues using the NT Governments HomeNorth loan scheme to switch to a commercial bank loan now that its mortgage interest rates are set to soar. Steve Darling said he would have been unable to buy his Commission house in 2006 if the terms of the loan increased by about 1.6 percentage points as the NT Government has announced for people locked into the scheme. The NT Government plans to set interest rates on the loan, which was available to low-and-middle income first-home buyers between mid-2004 and 2009, to the Commonwealth Bank benchmark. The loan is currently set at the Reserve Bank of Australias 2004-09 benchmark at about 4.99 per cent and the Commonwealths variable interest rate was at 6.6 per cent last week. The increase will add an extra $43.30 a week for applicants on loans of about $140,000, starting in February 2013. Mr Darling said the loan helped give him a leg up to invest in better housing and equity, while working two part-time jobs at the time, as a single parent. It helped me turn my fortune around, he said. On an average wage, $50 a week (extra) would have just killed me. Mr Darling is now the manager of a catering company. He sold the three-bedroom property in Northside last year. He said he feared people still tied to the scheme would get behind on their loan payments and have to pay more money or be forced to sell. Those people are still going to have to pay the new bills. Its going to be a hard year, he said. Minister for Housing Peter Chandler said changing the scheme for the 293 home owners on the scheme would encourage them to consider alternatives to the government loan. There are low interest rates at present. It makes sense to shop around, he said. The Government expects to make a net saving of $752,000 by July 2014. LJ Hooker managing director Doug Fraser said it was reasonable for the Government to bring the interest rates into line with other loan assistance schemes. He added there were home loan schemes with rates cheaper than the Commonwealth benchmark available on the market. NT Opposition Leader Delia Lawrie has accused the CLP Government of hiding its intention to raise the rates before the election in August. She said the move went against the CLP promise to make homes affordable and lower the cost of living. Territory Insurance Office(TIO) released a statement to make it clear that changes to the schemes interest rates were an independent Government decision. The Government issued a letter on December 7 informing TIO of the changes. The HomeNorth loans will not be transferred to the Commonwealth Bank and direct TIO home-loan customers will not be affected. Aussie site on top of world Katie Weiss McEvoy TOURISM Australia has beaten more than 220,000 tourism bodies around the world to win an award for having the best website. The website, which displays a video advertisement of landmark Uluru as part of its global marketing campaign, Theres Nothing Like Australia, received the gong at this years World Travel Awards. Tourism Australia managing d i r e c t o r A n d r e w M c E v o y said that the recogn i t i o n s h o w e d how far the body had come in promoting Australias wonders through digital marketing. We now have a website that is more attractive to the eye, stronger in functionality and easier to navi gate, with rich and e n g a g i n g c o n t e n t which informs and inspires more people to look to Australia for their next holiday, Mr McEvoy said. Tourism Australia was also nominated in the Worlds Leading Tourism Board and Worlds Leading Destination Marketing Campaign categories. The countrys peak tourism body, which beat more than 175 competing countries, is switching its airline marketing partnership from long-term partner Qantas to Virgin Australia. This follows the decision by Qantas boss Alan Joyce to terminate the airlines $44 million arrangement with Tourism Australia before its contract ends on June 30 next year. Mr Joyce accused Tourism Australia chairman Geoff Dixon of being part of an alliance trying to take over the airline.

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