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Plains Producer, Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Housing hot and cold
End near for students
prices, and buyer
The nervous wait for results will start as from this
afternoon, as Year 12 students around the district sit
their fnal written exams, Geography and Musician-
While students can now breathe a sigh of relief,
SACE Board assessors are undertaking the huge task
of marking and moderating student work.
Results are scheduled to be released online on
Thursday, December 18, but will also be mailed
out via post.
The SACE Board reminds students to check their
“Student Online” accounts to ensure they receive
their results in a timely fashion.
If students have trouble logging in, they can contact
the SACE desk on 8372 7412.
THE housing market
has been hot and cold
of late, and is slightly
geared toward buyers.
Latest statistics show
median house prices in
Balaklava have dropped
by about four per cent
compared with the previ-
ous 12 months, averaging
Peter Butterfeld of
Balaklava, said such
statistics did not tell the
entire story due to the
wide variety of house
prices in the region.
However, the market
has been a little soft, he
"We have found it
very, very erratic,” Mr
"We have had times
with really good sales and
then it goes really quiet
for a while.
“With our sales pat-
terns over the last 12
months we have been
extremely busy and ex-
tremely quiet but there
is nothing to clarify what
is making it go busy or
“Alot of other agents I
have spoken to have had
the same thing happen.”
Mr Butterfeld said
properties were currently
staying on the market a
It's almost Christmas time, so it's time to start
preparing for carol singing.
Balaklava's "Community Carols By Candlelight"
children's and youth choir invites all school aged
children to be part of the choir for this popular night.
(Small children need to be able to cope with one
e choir will be conducted by Bethany Hamann,
assisted by other young local songbirds, Vanessa Barry
and Casey Lawrie.
e carols will be held on Sunday, December 14
in the Triangle.
Choir rehearsals will be 3.30 to 4.30pm at the
Balaklava Uniting church hall on Edith terrace on the
following Tuesdays: November 25, December 2 and 9.
Please contact Bethany Hamann (0427 792 977 or
email@example.com) to register, including yours
and your child's name, and a contact mobile number
to enable information/reminder texts to be sent to you.
little longer than before.
“I probably would
say it’s a bit of a buyer’s
market because there is a
good selection of homes
for sale and some good-
value properties at the
moment,” he said.
"There are a fair few
properties around the
place for sale and vendors
can see, if they have been
on the market for a while,
they might have to drop
“It’s been pretty
steady, just the time on
the market is stretching
out a bit.”
Across the district, the
average prices have fuc-
tuated more dramatically.
Prices increased more
than 20 per cent in Riv-
erton, and almost 10
per cent in Virginia, as
opposed to the previous
In the 12 months to
this July, the average
house price in Riverton
was $231,000, based on
21 sales, whilst the me-
dian price in Virginia was
$479,000 from 28 sales.
price dropped 7.5 per
cent to $262,500, whilst
prices in Snowtown went
down by almost 22 per
cent, albeit from a small-
er sample size of 12 sales.
Median 12 Month
Two Wells 22 $377,000
Balaklava 45 $192,250
Applications for the 2015 Playford Trust Regional
Science and Engineering Scholarships are now open.
These scholarships are available to outstanding
students from regional South Australia who intend
to study science or engineering subjects (i.e. Math-
ematics, Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Biology) as
an undergraduate at one of the three South Australian
Four awards of $4,000 each are available for stu-
dents entering the frst year of their university course.
These special scholarships are directed at prom-
ising science students who have to overcome the
practical and fnancial disadvantages associated
with having their home base located in regional
The selection criteria:
• Nominees must be South Australian residents
with their family base in regional South Australia.
• Nominees must show potential for high achieve-
ment with an excellent secondary level academic
record. Allowance can be made for practical and
other disadvantages due to remoteness fromAdelaide.
• Nominees should be of good character and
preference should be given to students who display
Science teachers are encouraged to nominate stu-
dents they feel meet the criteria above. Alternatively
students are encouraged to apply directly. However,
students who feel that they meet the above criteria
should apply to the Trust with the support of their
science teacher or the principal of their regional
For further information and application forms,
visit the website www.playfordtrust.com.au or phone
(08) 8226 3627. Applications close 16 January 2015.
A MAN avoided serious injuries despite rolling
his car north of Port Wakefeld on Saturday night.
The man’s car was written off after it left the road,
hit an embankment and fipped.
The road was wet due to rain earlier in the day.
It is believed the car rolled up a hill, and then
back down; however, the driver and sole occupant
required only minor treatment.
He was taken to Wallaroo Hospital for a check
up and released after a couple of hours.
Port Wakefled police attended the incident.
Apply now for
Balaklava Carols night
Wakefield car rollover
Local Newspapers Research Study conducted by Brand Navigator March 2012. Regional newspaper readers = 610.
Q: "I have spoken to someone about a product or service advertised in this source of information." 45% for regional
newspapers, 22% for letterbox catalogues and flyers.
To make your brand a local hero, contact your newspaper sales executive.
Download a copy of the full research report at www.thenewspaperworks.com.au
In the door,
not lost in
People are twice as likely to share
something with family
and friends if they read
it in a newspaper than
from a letterbox flye r.
Across South Aus-
tralia, the regional hous-
ing market recorded a
0.48 per cent increase
in average house prices
compared with the Sep-
tember quarter last year.
The average price for
the regional market was
It is now typically
the busy season for lo-
cal agents as interest
increases from the end
of winter through to the
middle of December.
Buyers will then thin
out over Christmas until
school goes back in 2015.
Real Estate agent Peter Butterfeld with Carly, Willow and Derek Friedrichs at their home in Phillips Street which was put
on the market last Friday. They are hoping to buck the trend and have a quick sale.
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