Newsletter – February 2017

February 2017 Newsletter



Primary Production News

Drought Concessional Loan Scheme

The Drought Concessional Loan Scheme has been extended with the loan period now 10 years and the interest rate is 2.47% for loans up to $1 million. We understand from Patrick White, Horsham Rural Councillor, that there is still plenty of funding available. He also mentioned that despite the rain over the last season the Wimmera was still eligible but he suspects by April/May it may be removed so there is a window of opportunity!

For more information please contact Patrick White, Rural Financial Counsellor:

T: (03) 5381 1646

M: 0427 340 621



Farm Household Allowance Payments

A warning for those receiving Centrelink payments regarding the Farm Household Allowance. If you have had a good year i.e. greater than $50k profit then the income received from Centrelink for this financial year may need to be paid back when Centrelink assess your income after 30 June.

If you suspect this may include you then you may wish to suspend payments immediately to reduce the amount you will need to pay back at the end of the year.


Recent Facebook posts you may have missed:

Average age of “intending” retirees creeping up

New survey results from Roy Morgan Research shows that the average age of Australians intending to retire in the next 12 months is 61 years, up from 58 years in 2014. The average in 2008 was 57.5 years.
Read more



Australian house prices continue to rise

Australian house prices continue to rise amid warnings of higher interest rates and a property downturn. What should property investors consider in 2017?
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We extend a warm welcome to Phoebe who has recently joined the Watts Price Team!

Congratulations Grant on achieving your 15 year work anniversary!

Also we congratulate Richard on achieving 10 years of service!

Business Horsham Business Confidence Survey

We encourage businesses in the Horsham area to participate in this important survey. It will take just 2 minutes of your time and provides insight to Business Horsham on issues affecting local business which they use to lobby Council on your behalf.
Take the survey!



Most asked question of the Month:

What is going on next door to Watts Price?

We understand that Bunnings have purchased the building between themselves and us and are creating an area for their Nursery department to expand into!

If you have something on your mind then shoot us an email or connect with us on Facebook.

All the best from the Watts Price Team!

Upcoming Events

How Will the Recent Superannuation Changes Affect Your Retirement?

If you are interested to hear how the recent legislative changes will affect your superannuation then we will be running an information evening in conjunction with Financial Planner, Paul Block of Grampians Investment Services on Monday 27th February 2017.

This session is a must attend event for anyone either with a self managed super fund (SMSF) or thinking about retirement strategies.

Topics to be covered in this session:

  • Recent Superannuation Changes (incl. case studies)
  • How much do I need to retire on?
  • Market update from Paul Block (Financial Planner)
  • Estate Planning Tips & Traps
  • Corporate or Individual Trustee – which is better?
  • And other essential superannuation information

Seating will be limited so secure your seat today by contacting our office on 5382 3001 or email us at

The details:

  • Topic: Superannuation Changes
  • Date: Monday 27th February 2017 from 6.00 – 7.30pm
  • Location: Federation University Auditorium (Baillie Street, Horsham)
  • Cost: FREE
  • RSVP: By Friday 24th February 2017