Fash­ion­ing sup­port for women

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

FASH­ION was used for a good cause when the Wesley Col­lege Par­ents’ and Friends’ As­so­ci­a­tion did its bit to help women flee­ing do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

A to­tal of $1300 was raised for Unit­ingCare West’s lo­cal women’s refuge Wyn Carr House dur­ing a fash­ion show at the as­so­ci­a­tion’s an­nual lunch on Septem­ber 2.

Unit­ingCare West service area man­ager Mar­garet Muntinga said she was “ab­so­lutely thrilled” with the fundrais­ing ef­fort.

“Do­mes­tic vi­o­lence has been in the news quite a lot in the last few years and so it glad­dens the heart to know that peo­ple out there want to help women in refuges,” she said.

“I’m not sure what ex­actly we’ll use the money for; we’ve been pro­vid­ing yoga and we need some equip­ment but we are also con­sid­er­ing some out­door fur­ni­ture.

“The toi­letries that were do­nated are also ap­pre­ci­ated, we like leave the toi­letries on the beds so when women come here they know they are ap­pre­ci­ated.”

WHEN it comes to su­per, it's a good idea for spouses to in­ves­ti­gate how they can work to­gether to make the most of their sav­ings.

Spouses each mak­ing con­tri­bu­tions to their own su­per­an­nu­a­tion ac­count has al­ways been a good idea, and the im­por­tance of do­ing this is in­creas­ing.

Pro­posed changes to su­per­an­nu­a­tion set lim­its on how much money can be con­trib­uted into one su­per ac­count and how quickly those con­tri­bu­tions can be made.

The changes re­in­force the need to con­trib­ute to su­per over the long term as they dis­cour­age adding big lump sums quickly.

There are other rea­sons why both spouses mak­ing con­tri­bu­tions into their own ac­count makes sense, even if one part­ner is not work­ing for a pe­riod of time.

De­pend­ing on the age dif­fer­ence be­tween the cou­ple, it is pos­si­ble that they will be able to ac­cess their su­per at dif­fer­ent times.

That might al­low one part­ner to move to part-time work and try a tran­si­tion to re­tire­ment pen­sion while the other part­ner con­tin­ues to ac­cu­mu­late su­per and work full­time.

With both spouses con­tribut­ing, even dur­ing em­ploy­ment breaks, both ac­counts con­tinue to rise and both part­ners get the ad­van­tage of a big­ger nest egg and can con­tinue cost-ef­fec­tive life and other in­surance cover through their su­per.

There is also an 18 per cent tax off­set for the first $3000 con­trib­uted on be­half of a low-in­come or no-in­come spouse, en­hanc­ing the at­trac­tive­ness of con­tin­u­ing con­tri­bu­tions.

There are a num­ber of ways spouses can con­trib­ute to each other's ac­counts with both their pre and post­tax in­come.

Some of the women who mod­elled at the event, which raised $1300 for Unit­ingCare West’s women’s refuge.

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