Census: Coast's richest and poorest suburbs revealed
THE gap between the rich and poor has widened in the past five years, according to the latest Census data.Figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics this week paint a contrasting picture depending on where you live, with some suburbs' weekly household income growing between 20% to 50%. A snapshot of 20 suburbs across the region showed Aldershot had the highest growth with the average household earning 54.71% more in 2016 than they were in 2011. This was closely followed by Nikenbah where household earnings jumped 47.86% over five years. Families were bringing in an average of $1418 in 2016 compared to $959 in 2011. Craignish was next with an average of $1,216 Suburbs with similar mid-range averages were Howard, Kawungan, Torquay, Tinana and Burrum Heads. In some suburbs the average weekly income for families is less than $1000. At Point Vernon there was a 19.53% increase in wealth from $773 to $924. It was a similar story for Urraween with a 19.47% increase. The average weekly income there was $945. While the survey showed positive growth in some areas, it also revealed 30% of Fraser Coast families were getting by on less than $650 a week. The average weekly income was $911 in Hervey Bay and $899 in Maryborough compared to the Queensland average of $1,402.