Danc­ing duo’s prom­ise ful­filled af­ter 20 years

Mil­lions of dol­lars in lost su­per


WHEN Dan and Na­dine Roach step out at this month’s Danc­ing with the Mas­tars, it will be an event al­most 20 years in the mak­ing.

Back in 1998, Na­dine had just seen photos of her sis­ter’s debu­tante ball, and re­alised a sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ence may have passed her by.

“I grew up in Dar­win, where mak­ing your deb was not the done thing,” Na­dine said.

“My fam­ily moved down to Vic­to­ria, but I stayed in Dar­win, and Mum came up on hol­i­day when I was 19 and showed me photos of my sis­ter’s deb.

“I made Dan prom­ise that if I ever got to do my deb, he would be my part­ner.”

At the time, the cou­ple was out cel­e­brat­ing the fact Na­dine had passed her driver’s li­cence test, and Na­dine made sure Dan put his prom­ise in writ­ing – on a coaster from the pub.

His pledge reads: ‘I, Daniel Roach, agree and prom­ise I will be Na­dine’s part­ner when she makes her de­but, signed D Roach, 25.6.98’.

“We’d been to­gether a cou­ple of years, but at that stage he prob­a­bly never thought I’d keep it,” Na­dine said.

When Na­dine was asked to take part in Danc­ing with the Mas­tars, an adult debu­tante ball which raises funds and aware­ness for char­ity YMCA Open Doors, she called on the coaster as a bar­gain­ing chip.

“Dan knew I still had it, though he prob­a­bly never re­ally thought I’d use it, but when we had the chance to take part this year, I thought, ‘I’ve got this up my sleeve’,” Na­dine said.

“I felt this was my op­por­tu­nity to give back to char­ity, and when I re­mem­bered the coaster, I thought, ‘We’re go­ing to do this’.

“I asked a group of friends to do it too, and they all said, ‘We’ll do it if Roachy does it’, so he knew the time had come.”

Na­dine said she had been im­pressed by her hus­band’s performance on the dance floor dur­ing re­hearsals for the Novem­ber 25 event, which fol­lows the for­mat of a tra­di­tional debu­tante ball, with danc­ing and pre­sen­ta­tions.

“Danc­ing is re­ally hard work – you have to re­mem­ber the steps, and re­mem­ber to look el­e­gant, to smile, and to stand up straight,” Na­dine said.

“We have never re­ally danced to­gether be­fore, apart from our bridal waltz, when we didn’t do any­thing fancy, and Daniel is so much bet­ter than me – I’m re­ally bad. “It’s ridicu­lous how good he is.” But Na­dine said all the hard work was worth it, to sup­port YMCA Open Doors, which as­sists lo­cal peo­ple in need to ac­cess pro­grams and fa­cil­i­ties at the Wan­garatta In­door Sports and Aquatic Cen­tre.

“It’s all about help­ing peo­ple,” she said.

“I had a friend ben­e­fit from Open Doors a few years ago, and it’s al­ways been in the back of my mind and heart that I’d like to help.

“This char­ity is help­ing lo­cal peo­ple, peo­ple we work with, live next to, walk past in the street, peo­ple whose chil­dren go to school with our chil­dren.”

The cou­ples in­volved in the event are prac­tis­ing to­gether each Sun­day, and Na­dine said she and Dan had added a cou­ple of ex­tra ‘make-up’ classes with teacher Deb Ravida.

“Ev­ery­one is ex­cited; I’m look­ing for­ward to hav­ing a good night with my mates,” she said.

Tick­ets for Danc­ing with the Mas­tars ($30 adults, $20 under 16s) are still avail­able, and can be se­cured by con­tact­ing the Wan­garatta In­door Sports and Aquatic Cen­tre on 5722 1723. wangjt@iinet.net.au @wan­garat­ta_­jew­ellers

THERE is al­most $16 mil­lion in lost and un­claimed su­per­an­nu­a­tion in the Ru­ral City of Wan­garatta.

As at June 30, 2017, su­per funds are hold­ing $14.12 bil­lion of lost su­per and the Aus­tralian Tax­a­tion Of­fice (ATO) is hold­ing a fur­ther $3.75 bil­lion of un­claimed su­per.

The to­tal in­cludes $14,038,292 in 637 lost su­per­an­nu­a­tion ac­counts and $1,998,301 in 2922 un­claimed ac­counts in the Ru­ral City of Wan­garatta.

This means there are 3559 ac­counts that have been lost or for­got­ten be­long­ing to res­i­dents liv­ing in the ru­ral city that can be claimed.

Ar­eas with the high­est value of lost and un­claimed su­per in­clude Wan­garatta ($9,212,201), Wan­garatta South, Tar­rawingee, Ox­ley and Mi­lawa ($3,125,959), Boorhaman district ($1,411,409) and Greta and Glen­rowan ($879,966).

The ATO has pub­lished de­tails of un­claimed and lost su­per ac­counts for the first time to help peo­ple keep track of and find lost or un­claimed su­per.

Lost su­per­an­nu­a­tion refers to su­per ac­counts held by su­per funds where they have lost con­tact with the fund mem­ber.

They be­come un­claimed su­per ac­counts af­ter a pe­riod of time when they, by law, are trans­ferred to the ATO to be pro­tected from on­go­ing fees.

Su­per can be lost when peo­ple lose con­tact with their funds while chang­ing jobs, re­lo­cat­ing or for­get­ting to update their de­tails.

ATO as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner, Deb­bie Rawl­ings, said the eas­i­est way for peo­ple to mon­i­tor their su­per­an­nu­a­tion is to use ATO on­line ser­vices via myGov.

Peo­ple can also re­quest di­rect claim or trans­fer pa­per forms by con­tact­ing their su­per fund or the ATO Su­per Helpline on 131 020.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www. ato.gov.au/check­y­our­su­per.

GOT IT IN WRIT­ING: Dan Roach will live up to a long-time prom­ise to wife Na­dine, when the pair take part in this month’s Danc­ing with the Mas­tars, in sup­port of YMCA Open Doors. PHOTO: Emma Hil­lier

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