Housing stress is among the highest in the nation
DESPITE being one of the cheapest places in Australia to rent and buy, the Wide Bay and Hinkler electorates have ranked in the top 10 in the country for housing stress.
According to new data from the Public Health Information Unit, 1.1 in three rental households in Hinkler and one in three rental households in the Wide Bay are in housing stress.
Almost one in six households with mortgages in the Wide Bay are classified as being in mortgage stress.
Those classed as "in stress" are low-income households spending more than 30% of their income on housing.
Warren Truss, Federal Member for Wide Bay, said the lower than national average income across the region meant a lot of residents were under pressure.
"People are most stressed about the overall cost of living - electricity, rates, food," he said.
"When your income is very low, even when your rent is lower than average, it makes it very hard."
A housing affordability scheme by the Fraser Coast Regional Council is delivering $7 million in grants for new land or home and land packages.
Electorates in rental stress
- 1: Watson, NSW, 1.2 in every 3 households, Labor seat
- 8: Hinkler, QLD, 1.1 in every 3 households, Nationals seat
- 10: Wide Bay, QLD, 1 in every 3 households, Nationals seat