Median rents highest in nation

Amy-Lee Crampton is paying more for rent in Gracemere than she did on the Sunshine Coast.
Amy-Lee Crampton is paying more for rent in Gracemere than she did on the Sunshine Coast.

FORGET about the high rents you have to pay for a beach view unit in upmarket areas such as Noosa, Bondi or St Kilda.

A report released by RP Data, shows Central Queensland has the highest unit rents in the state and Central Highlands the highest median rent in Australia at $650.

RP Data figures show units in the region had the highest rent increase in a year up to June, with Gladstone's jumping by 66.7% to $500 - the highest increase in the nation.

Meanwhile, Rockhampton's median unit rent leapt 10.3% ($320) to be fifth in the state with Central Highlands increase at 35.4%, Mackay at 25.7% ($440) and Cassowary Coast at 11.5% ($290).

And the news isn't surprising to Gracemere renter Amy-Lee Crampton who moved to Central Queensland in November.

"I'm paying more out there (Gracemere) than in Mooloolaba across the road from the beach," she said.

Miss Crampton is working two jobs to cover the rent and be able to put a bit away, while her partner works in Gladstone.

Meanwhile, Nicholas Doring placed an advertisement for two months to find a room to rent for up to $300 a week with his girlfriend in Emerald and is still looking.

Mr Doring works in the construction industry in the area, and his girlfriend Kaitlyn McMahon is about to finish university at the Sunshine Coast.

"We are looking to move up there because that's where all of my work is," he said.

Mr Doring said they only wanted to rent a room for about six months while a friend finishes building a house. Then they would move into the house with their friend.

Figures used by RP Data from the 2011 Census showed Central Highlands had the highest median rent for units at $650, followed by Perth at $650 and Gladstone was number 18 at $500.

Isaac Regional Council was fourth highest house median rental prices in the nation at $1400, with Central Highlands at 25 with the median rent at $750.

Topics:  central highlands central queensland housing rental prices rockhampton

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