Welcome to our Winter Edition of the Haven; Home, Safe Tenant News!
Insuring your belongings
Starting off this edition with something very important: Did you know that insurance of your house contents and belongings when living in a HHS property is your responsibility?
In the past, we have had tenants who have sadly lost their household belongings by fire, water damage and other causes, and have assumed that HHS was responsible for that cover. Contents insurance is the responsibility of the tenant and is an important consideration to protect yourself financially.
Currently, we’re talking to Good Shepherd about creating a partnership to offer our tenants a range of financial products including, counselling, low cost borrowing opportunities and affordable insurance.
The Good Shepherd offers the Good Insurance Program which works in conjunction with Australia’s largest insurance companies to develop affordable household belongings or car insurance policies for people on low incomes.
The insurance policies are designed for the customer and include affordable premiums with no or very low excess payments, and flexible payment options.
Options to consider:
1. Essentials by AAI
Developed with Suncorp, Essentials by AAI allows customers to comprehensively insure their car, their home contents or both. Customers can also choose to pay premiums annually, or in monthly or fortnightly instalments, and use Centrepay to manage payments.
For further information about Essentials by AAI contact the following community organisations that are part of Good Shepherd Microfinance’s national provider network, by calling 1800 429 598 or the following locations.
Good Money Dandenong
250 Lonsdale St, Dandenong (03) 8788 7300
Good Money Geelong
104 Moorabool St, Geelong (03) 5223 8000
Good Money Morwell
10 Tarwin St, Morwell 1300 770 550
Bendigo Family & Financial Services
8 Myers St, Bendigo (03) 5441 5277
South East Community Links
5 Osborne Ave, Springvale (03) 9546 5255
Good Money Collingwood
340 Smith St, Collingwood (03) 9230 6600
2. Insurance 4 That
Developed with Insurance Australia Group (IAG), Insurance 4 That is a single-item insurance policy. It provides an alternative to traditional contents insurance by enabling people to insure individual items and nominate the insured value of these items. It also gives customers the option to take out additional cover for portable items against theft anywhere in Australia, and also comes with flexible payment options. www.insurance4that.com.au
Tenancy Reference Number
Recently, you may have recieved an SMS to reminding all tenants how important it is to include your Tenancy Reference Number when making any type rent payments via any payment option available. Currently we have some unallocated transactions waiting to be applied to our tenant’s accounts.
To avoid delays in having your payment applied to your account, don’t include your Tenancy Reference ID number. If you don’t, we can’t allocate your payment to your account, and may show you to be in rental arrears. Contact your Property & Tenancy Manager if you do not know your Tenancy Reference ID number.
All of our HHS tenants can pay by debit or credit card by visiting our Preston office in person, or over the phone on 03 9479 0700. If you wish to use bank transfer, our bank account details are
BSB: 633 000 Account Number: 154474175
Join the rental Christmas Club
You can now use your rent payments to ease the stress of Christmas!
You can avoid the financial hangover that the Christmas period often brings, by paying a little extra each week on your rent. By making additional payments each week from now until the end of November, you could bank enough rent credit to have a rent free week in December.*
Weekly rent $210.00 (Rent account up is to date – no arrears)
You pay $220 each week, which is $10.00 extra from per week from mid-July until December (21 weeks) to accrue a credit balance of $210.00 = 1 week rent free
*A rent free week is only available if you’ve banked a credit equivalent to your weekly rent payment and your account is not in rent arrears.
If you are experiencing difficulty paying your rent, don’t wait, let us know as soon as possible. We can help.
The National Debt Helpline also offers a free, independent and confidential service.
Victorian Supercare Pharmacies
A Supercare Pharmacy offers a Pharmacist 24 hours a day, seven days a week and private consulting rooms with a free registered nursing service between 6pm – 10pm every day for minor illness and injuries. If you need a pharmacy during the night or on a weekend, The Supercare Pharmacies are located in the following areas:
Ascot Vale Ascot Vale Pharmacy, 67-69 Union Road, Ascot Vale, 9370 4146
Ballarat UFS Dispensaries, 717 Sturt Street, Ballarat, 5331 9811
Balwyn Balwyn Day and Night Pharmacy, 310-314 Whitehorse Rd, Balwyn, 9836 3245
Bendigo Bendigo UFS Pharmacies, Corner View and Barnard Streets, Bendigo, 5443 4610
Coburg Coburg Pharmacy 4 Less, 1 Louisa St, Coburg, 9386 6655
Craigieburn Amcal Pharmacy, 2A/340 Craigieburn Road, Craigieburn, 9308 4981
Curlewis Curlewis Pharmacy 4 Less, 10-11/90 Centennial Blvd, Curlewis, 5251 6781
Keysborough Parkmore Pharmacy 4 Less, Shop J01, 317 Cheltenham Rd, Keysborough, 9798 1936
Reservoir Reservoir Pharmacy 4 Less, Summerhill Shopping Centre, 27/850 Plenty Rd, Reservoir, 9471 0222
Traralgon Traralgon Chemist Warehouse, 92 Franklin St, Traralgon, 5174 2003
Wantirna South Pharmacy@Knox, Shop 2081 Westfield Knox, 425 Burwood Hwy, Wantirna South, 9800 5199
Yarraville Carnovale Pharmacy, 149 Somerville Road, Yarraville, 9314 7557
Melbourne HealthSmart Pharmacy Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, 311 Grattan St, Melbourne, 9045 9777
Mildura Mildura Chemist Warehouse, 114A -118 Langtree Ave, Mildura, 5023 2383
Shepparton Shepparton Chemist Warehouse, 425 Wyndham St, Shepparton, 5821 6000
Ringwood Ringwood Chemist Warehouse, 131-133 Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood, 9870 5022
Cranbourne North Cranbourne North Chemist Warehouse, 180S William Thwaites Blvd, Cranbourne North, 8391 9509
Melton Melton Chemist Warehouse – Unit 4 Melton Gateway, 66-84 High St, Melton, 9746 8733
Hoppers Crossing Hoppers Crossing Chemist Warehouse, Shop 24-25, 428 Old Geelong Rd, Hoppers Crossing, 9931 0040
Keilor East Keilor East Chemist Warehouse, Lot 3 233 Milleara Rd, Keilor East, 9325 466
Are you eligible for the free flu shot?
All Victorians six months or older are encouraged to get an annual flu shot. The flu/influenza – is a highly contagious viral infection that can cause severe illness and life-threatening complications, including pneumonia. The flu is spread by contact with fluids from coughs and sneezes. The flu is not like a cold. Symptoms last on average one to two weeks but for some it takes several weeks to recover.
The flu vaccines are available for free in 2018 for these groups due to their increased risk of complications from the flu:
- All children aged six months to less than five years old.
- Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander persons aged 6 months to less than 5 years or those over 15 years.
- All Victorians aged over 6 months who have certain medical conditions which increase the risk of influenza complications; for example, severe asthma, lung or heart disease, low immunity or diabetes.
- All adults aged over 65 years.
- Pregnant women (during any stage of pregnancy).
To get your free flu shot call your GP and make an appointment. If your GP doesn’t have any vaccine available, consider otherGP practices or health services in your area.
For more information visit www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/flu
As the winter settles in, we will once again be undertaking our Annual Gas Appliance checks for all properties. You will be contacted by one of our contractors in the near future who will be arranging a suitable time with you to undertake the servicing of all things gas – heaters, stoves, ovens, hot water systems.
As utility charges continue to go up, we are all looking for ways to save some money. Did you know that a split system heater, when maintained regularly can cost you less to run and save energy? Make sure you clean the filters on a regular basis to prevent damage to the operational parts of the unit and to make sure the unit heats properly.
Visit our Haven Home Safe tentant page on the website, there you can access our YouTube channel to see how to clean split system filters and are range of handy do it yourself ideas.
Claim your $50 bonus to compare energy pricing
The Victorian Government is offering every household one $50 Power Saving Bonus payment from 1 July to 31 December 2018. To receive a $50 Power Saving Bonus AND to find out how to reduce your energy bills, you will need to visit www.victorianenergysaver.vic.gov.au price comparison site.
Coffee with a difference
CafeSmart unites the community over coffee to help fund local homeless services.
On August 3rd hundreds of coffee roasters and cafes around Australia will team up and donate $1 from every coffee sold, and ask their customers to chip in a donation to help End Homelessness.
For participating cafes in your neighbourhood, visit: www.streetsmartaustralia.org/cafesmart/#cafemap
Fundraising that’s fun
The Melbourne Racing Club and The Junction Hotel have nominated HHS as one of two organisations with the chance to receive $1,000 at the end of 30 September.
Simply visit the venue at 1 Plenty Rd Preston, enjoy a meal or a beverage between July 1 – 30 September and nominate HHS as the choice of organisation you would like to support. At the end of the 3 month period the organisation with the most votes, will receive the $1,000 donation to go towards their cause.
For further details visit www.junctionhotel.net.au
Half-tix Melbourne is a discount ticket outlet. Specializing in live shows including theatre, music, opera comedy, dance, basketball and tours, they have the widest range of events at the best prices usually on the day of the performance (except Saturday, when they also sell for Sunday as well). They only accept cash and tickets can only be purchased in person.
Half-tix Box Office located at Melbourne Town Hall 100 Swanston Street, Melbourne. Entrance off Swanston Street Phone: (03) 9650 9420
Monday 10am – 2pm
Tuesday to Thursday 11am – 6pm
Friday 11am – 6.30pm
Saturday 10am – 4pm
ENLIGHTEN A Festival of projection
August 29 – 31, 2018
The Enlighten Festival of Projection Art, invites you to explore the area between Bendigo Town Hall and Rosalind Park for experimental, surprising and intimate experiences that leave you feeling connected to the land and people of this area.
A public, family-friendly, free event, the festival showcases artists who explore the magic of light and projection with works that are discoverable amongst the existing nightlife and buzz of Bendigo’s CBD.READ MORE
YARN BOMB TRAM
June 9 – August 31, 2018
Bendigo Tramways 302 tram is the first tram in the world to be yarn bombed. It has become a tourist attraction in its own right when it runs every winter through Bendigo’s streets.
The colorful, cosy tram has become quite the institution and the Yarn Bombers have had their work cut out for them. This year is going to be something even more special – six and a half meters of both sides of tram will be covered in crocheted squares, more than ever before.READ MORE
YARN & PLAY PROGRAM
August 4, 18, September 1, 15, 2018
The National Wool Museum located at 26 Moorabool Street is running fortnightly during Term 2 & Term 3 on Saturdays the “Yarn & Play” program is dedicated to kids (aged 3+) where they will get to make something new each fortnight – from yarn play, to felt fun, from wacky weaving to material magic!
Sessions also include access to the Museum. Parental/guardian supervision required.READ MORE
KIDS EAT FREE @ HOGS BREATH CAFE GEELONG
Every Monday and Tuesday kids eat free for both lunch and dinner! Offer available to 31 July 2018.
Hogs Breath Café
Shop MM1A Westfield Geelong, 23 Yarra Street
Ph: 5221 4661
Conditions apply. See in store for details and T&Cs. Offer only available Mondays and TuesdaysREAD MORE
Sunday Footy Day
Sunday until August 26, 2018
In 2018, Sunday Funday returns at the footy where kids (under 15) general admission to the MCG and Etihad Stadium will be free on Sundays. Take the kids and enjoy a day out with plenty of pre- and post-game activities for everyone to enjoy, including the Woolworths Playground (outside Gate 6) and Macca’s Kick 2 Kick after the final siren.
See website for dates and match details.
Free for kids under 15 when accompanied by an adult or guardian.READ MORE
First Sunday of the Month until Dec 1
Perfect for kids of all ages, go on a journey through the moving image exploring everything from superheroes to the iconic characters Disney. Create an art-making robot or coding your own video game, the program is an interactive experience. Get the frames focused, buttons mashing and clay animated as you get hands-on with film-making and animation, live video game competitions, crafty projects and family-friendly films.
Time: 10am – 4pm
Cost: FREEREAD MORE