Granville couple Denis and Patricia Brown say it is a worrying time for people, such as pensioners, who are on a fixed income.
Granville couple Denis and Patricia Brown say it is a worrying time for people, such as pensioners, who are on a fixed income. Robyne Cuerel

Worrying time for anyone who lives on a fixed income

GRANVILLE retirees Denis and Patricia Brown will see no relief from the rising cost of living out of Tuesday's State Budget.

They are among thousands of Fraser Coast pensioners who will struggle with increased state tax costs.

Queensland Treasurer Tim Nicholls told Parliament on Tuesday the government would increase tax to insurance premiums on general insurance products, motor vehicle and land registration as well as a 6.5% increase to the emergency services levy.

"It is a worrying time for anyone who lives on a fixed income," Mrs Brown said.

The retirees did breathe a sigh of relief when the budget did not include changes to the solar power feed-in tariff.

Mr Brown said they had made the decision more than three years ago to install solar panels on their home to help offset the cost of electricity.

For those without solar power, electricity bills will rise by more than 22% from the start of next month.

Fraser Coast households who were hoping for a reprieve from the power price rise have been left disappointed by the budget, with no subsidy to offset the massive increase.

Mr Nicholls told Parliament the government would not introduce a subsidy, as it would force ratepayers to foot the bill in the future.



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