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Getng older but feeling
anxious and depressed?
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COTA (Council on the Ageing) Workshop
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Thursday, 5th December at 10.30 am.
THREE churches planning to
build schools at Roseworthy
have requested an urgent meet-
ing with Premier Jay Weatherill
to discuss the future of the town
and their projects.
The Gawler Baptist Church is cur-
rently in the process of selling its ex-
isting premises to fund a new school
in Roseworthy, while the Lutheran
and Catholic education boards have
been planning new schools for the
town since 2011.
The churches intend to create the
new schools in response to much-
touted plans to expand Roseworthy
to house about 100,000 people over
the next 40 years.
The development of Roseworthy
was earmarked in the State Gov-
ernment's 30-year Plan for Greater
Adelaide, released in 2010, and de-
velopers have been working towards
the expansion since then.
The initiative is currently await-
ing government approval to enable
land rezoning to proceed.
However, the government has in-
dicated that the Roseworthy project
is not an immediate priority, with
planning minister John Rau say-
ing in State Parliament earlier this
month that South Australia already
has sufficient land supply to cater
for future growth without the Rose-
In recent weeks, Light Regional
Council and developers have aired
their frustration at the uncertainty
surrounding the project after prior
government support for the project
appeared to wane.
In response to recent debate, Lu-
theran Church of Australia Bishop
David Altus, Catholic Education
director Paul Sharkey and King's
Baptist Grammar School principal
Russell Eley wrote a joint letter to
Mr Weatherill seeking clarity in the
government's position on the proj-
"On the basis of commitment made
by yourself, the minister for plan-
ning, and Mr John Hanlon, deputy
chief executive of the Department of
Planning and Local Government in
2011, and reiterated on several occa-
sions during 2012, our organisations
have invested significant resources
in planning the provision of a range
of non-government schools to meet
the expectations of our church com-
munities in the short, medium and
longer term for the families of Rose-
worthy and district," they wrote.
"We are now seeking your firm
commitment to progress positive de-
cisions and actions regarding the fu-
ture development of Roseworthy."
The letter goes on to outline that
the Baptist Church has entered into
a contract for the sale of its Gawler
premises "on the basis they would use
the capital thus realised to fund the
establishment of their new church
and a new health and well-being
community support program on the
one campus at Roseworthy".
"King's Baptist Grammar School
also formed a steering committee in
2011 to consider the establishment
of a major new school at Roseworthy
given the significant demand in the
area," the letter reads.
"This concept is well-developed
and the proposal would involve a
substantial injection of funds into
the region for educational purposes
-- this investment will have to be
reconsidered if the project is further
delayed or frustrated."
The Lutheran Church also stated it
intends to create a reception to year
12 school, with a disability centre,
at Roseworthy, however plans have
been suspended in light of "frustrat-
ing delays in obtaining South Aus-
tralian Government support" for the
expansion of the town.
And the Catholic Church pointed
out that expansion of Xavier College
has already commenced in anticipa-
tion of the development of Rosewor-
thy, while the church is also consider-
ing establishing a new college in the
"You will understand that our
churches and community groups
which we represent are now seeking
your urgent attention to this mat-
ter of announcing the government's
plans for the future of Roseworthy,"
the letter reads.
firstname.lastname@example.org School boards seek answers
Roseworthy school plans in the air
SOME of the region's most vul-
nerable residents could be faced
with hundreds of extra dollars
in rental costs under proposed
changes to the GST.
The Australian Taxation Office
last month issued a draft ruling
which, if passed, would see mobile
home estate slugged with the Goods
and Services Tax.
The proposed changes would be
a blow to local seniors who live in
mobile residential villages.
Hillier Park, Palms Residential
Park and Elizabeth Village, three
of the six villages which form the
South Australian Residential Parks
Residents Association, have joined
forces with parks across the state
and country, as well as landowners,
to lobby the Federal Government to
dump the draft decision.
Association president Graham
Howard, of Hillier Park, said the
tax would be a financial burden for
hundreds of local seniors.
When you consider our age range
in this park...we've got 95-year-olds
here, imagine the stress that this
would put on to them," he said.
Hillier Park houses 462 senior res-
idents, with another 350 residents
at Virginia's Palms Residential Park
and 250 at Elizabeth Village.
As part of the campaign to fight
the move, Mr Howard has sent let-
ters to Prime Minister Tony Abbott,
Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey and
He is also leading a petition pro-
testing the proposed tax hike, which
currently holds more than 700 sig-
Elizabeth Village Residents Com-
mittee secretary Chris Cairalle-
Allen said residents would be look-
ing at a $500 to $1500 increase,
which "would make it difficult for
people to survive".
It would have a very significant
impact...it could make it very diffi-
cult for a lot of people," she said.
Ms Cairalle-Allen said while resi-
dents own their homes they pay
lease for the land.
Hillier Park and Palms Residential
Park general manager Martin Ban-
ham said landowners, who would be
hit with the tax, would be forced to
pass the costs on to residents.
It's a significant increase for some-
thing the people were guaranteed
not to get when the GST was intro-
duced back in 2000," he said.
If the draft ruling is passed, it
would overturn a decision made by
the Howard Government to exclude
mobile home parks from the GST.
"For a lot of people, it's like the
goalposts have been moved," Mr
"They made decisions to move
into a residential park based upon
an understanding that there was no
GST and now they've got a signifi-
cant cost increase."
Mr Banham said he has engaged
tax lawyers and will be lobbying the
Federal Government as well as the
tax department to recall the draft
"These arguments all took place
13 years ago...and now someone in
there has decided to change their
mind," he said.
"Nothing has changed as far as
the operation of parks or villages is
concerned in that time, just the tax
office has changed their mind."
According to the statement in-
cluded in the draft ruling since 2000,
the mobile home estate industry has
"Movable home estates, which
were previously considered similar
to caravan parks, are now designed
to provide long-term accommo-
dation as may be found in a gated
community or retirement village,
without the provision of short-term
accommodation," it states.
"Given this change in industry
practice, the commissioner's posi-
tion as to whether or not these
premises are commercial residential
premises has been reviewed."
The campaign against the pro-
posed tax has been backed by Fed-
eral Member for Wakefield Nick
Champion, who said the move was
"It's really just
a way of ...ap-
plying the GST in a harsh way,"
Federal Assistant Treasurer Arthur
Sinodinos did not respond to The
Bunyip's request for comment before
The draft ruling will be out for
consultation until December 20.
Elizabeth Village Residents Committee secretary Chris Cairalle-Allen (front)
with South Australian Residential Parks Residents Association president
Graham Howard and Hillier Park and Palms Residential Park general manager
Martin Banham are ghting proposed changes to the GST.PHOTO: Mary Ackers
ght GST impost
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