Home' The Bunyip : August 27th 2014 Contents Page 30 "THE BUNYIP" GAWLER, Wednesday, August 27, 2014
LAST month, Lisa Vertheim and
her five-year-old son Logan were
regarded as homeless, floating
between temporary accommoda-
tion, until they were recently of-
fered a new lease on life through
a housing scheme in Adelaide's
A range of new housing options
for disadvantaged families have been
built through the government's $4.5
million Vibrant North investment
into social and affordable housing.
Miss Vertheim and her son re-
ceived a brand-new home on August
4 in Andrews Farm under the Na-
tional Rental Affordability Scheme.
"My life has just completely
changed overnight," Miss Vertheim
"It has been a real struggle on the
carer pension to find and secure af-
fordable housing in a decent neigh-
"I just wanted to find a place
where I felt safe and that was a good
place to raise my son."
Formerly renting motel rooms or
living in houses with strangers, the
single mother struggled to explain
to her son, who has an intellectual
disability, why they were constantly
out of routine, without a house and
without his toys.
Knowing that houses were being
built in the north, Miss Vertheim
drove to Elizabeth and back ev-
eryday, with her son in the car, in
search of affordable housing, but
even properties for $250,000 were
out of reach.
"I saw this brand-new NRAS
house and I was aware that they were
quite affordable -- so I thought $206
a week, I can afford that," she said.
"So I gave them a call, explained
my situation and they told me to go
"I thought you had to wait on a
list for these NRAS houses (but) the
next day she called me and offered
me the house and I was in tears."
A week later, Miss Vertheim had a
brand-new house with a secure yard
"It makes you feel good in the
morning when you wake up in a
nice place that looks nice and you
know that it is safe," she said.
"I feel good about myself when I
walk out of my front door; I have
"When I look at my home and it
looks beautiful, it gives me some-
thing to be proud of."
According to Miss Vertheim, to
qualify for NRAS housing you need
to fall into one of three different cat-
egories: low income, vulnerable situ-
ations (such as homelessness) and
"We fell under all three catego-
ries," she said.
"I think that it is a wonderful
"It is proof that there are things
out there to help you, you've got
to be willing to do the legwork but
there are things out there if you are
willing to help yourself."
The State's Social Housing Minis-
ter Zoe Bettison said the $20 million
Affordable Housing Stimulus Pro-
gram was announced in June 2013
to provide affordable homes for dis-
advantaged South Australians.
"The Andrews Farm develop-
ment is a great example of what can
be achieved for affordable housing
when the community housing sector
and government work together," Ms
"Having an affordable, safe place
to live is fundamental for a person's
health and well-being and I am
pleased this development provides
this for vulnerable South Austra-
INDIE soul artist Hannah
Yates is one of N1 records'
latest emerging singer/song-
writers having recently been
signed to this year's Northern
Sound System industry devel-
The 19-year-old from Eliza-
beth, who has been polishing her
original songs at the locally-based
youth music centre, said she is
excited to receive the record deal.
"I am really excited because I
have wanted to record my own
music for a long time but I have
never had the money to do studio
recordings, so it really is exciting
and it hasn't quite sunk in yet,"
am happy with my songs. I have
worked on them for years and I
just want to have something that
is mine that I can show people.
"I also hope to get some expo-
sure, to become more known in
Adelaide and to get more gigs."
Her sound, which has been de-
scribed as a combination of Julia
Stone and Amy Winehouse, is
influenced by a variety of musical
genres, particularly older artists.
"I find that some of my stuff is
more influenced by older artists
because I was home-schooled,
so I wasn't up with what people
listened to in primary school, so
I just listened to what my mum
listened to," she said.
"But I love people like Amy
Winehouse, who have tough
stories and have grown up in a
"Who you are and what you
have been through always comes
out in your music, that's what
you write about and I relate to
Embarking on songwriting
when she was 16, Hannah pre-
fers to focus on social justice is-
sues and the world around her
and not just love songs.
"The songs that I have writ-
ten are mainly about the stolen
generation because we have a
large Aboriginal community in
Elizabeth and I know a lot of the
people, the elders and the fami-
lies," she said.
"I have been lucky enough to
perform these songs at a number
of Aboriginal events.
"I was concerned at first be-
cause they are touchy topics, but
people seem grateful that there
is someone addressing the issues
and making others more aware of
Hannah has always wanted a
career in music, making it her
sole passion since she was 11, so
GOOD DONATION...St Columba students Baylie Gericke and Frank Schimizzi
recently represented their student body donating pre-loved clothes to the St
Vincent de Paul Society. Vinnies volunteer Victoria showed the pair rsthand
how charities, such as Vinnies, operate so that they could gain a greater
understanding of the process and then feed it back to the rest of the students.
The school's primary school students all get involved in charities so that they
can make a di erence in people's lives.
Lisa gets a chance
email@example.com New home gives hope
Hannah secures a deal
CONSTRUCTION delays with-
in Elizabeth Shopping Centre's
highly anticipated Harris Scarfe
store has pushed back the pre-
dicted opening date to early next
Originally, it was hoped the South
Australian-based national retailer
would open in Elizabeth before
Christmas this year.
The space under construction has
been vacant since February this year
when famed department store Myer
shut its doors.
Despite the setback, centre man-
agement said the customer numbers
are still strong.
Tra c issue
TRAFFIC will be disrupted along
Peachey Road tomorrow due
to ongoing construction of the
Playford residents are urged to
avoid the corner of Peachey Road and
Parkway Terrace between 9am and
5pm by seeking alternative routes.
Meanwhile, traffic officers will be
present to guide traffic from the site.
The $16.6 million Stretton Centre
development began in June 2014 and
is to be completed by May 2015.
Once completed, the facility aims
to transform employment opportuni-
ties in the northern suburbs.
NEWS IN BRIEF
Hannah Yates cant wait to record her indie-soul sound as part of her
N1 records record deal.
PHOTO: Kimberley Pratt
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Lisa Vertheim has been given a new lease on
life with her new house awarded to her under
the National Rental A ordability Scheme.
PHOTO: Kimberley Pratt
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