More families than ever in major struggle to make ends meet

Captain Mark Williamson
Captain Mark Williamson Eloise Handley

ONE in eight Aussies are living in poverty, a new study has found, and the Southern Downs is no exception.

Captain Mark Williamson of the Warwick Salvation Army said he was not surprised by the high figure and saw evidence of it happening here, now more than ever.

"There are cases of genuine need throughout the Southern Downs region (and) we are continuing to see more and more people seeking assistance from us," Mr Williamson said.

And it's not just the one demographic who are struggling.

"Certainly there are those perennial clients, but we're seeing more and more people who we have never seen before that are seeking assistance," Mr Williamson said.

While the majority of Salvation Army support clients rented their home, Mr Williamson said it was scary to see a lot of home owners now joining the list.

"Ten years ago we would never have seen a home owner come in, but now we are seeing people struggling to make mortgage repayments and it's this changing face of poverty," he said.

The Australian Council of Social Service released a report that showed children were often the most affected in financially-strapped homes.

"This report reveals that despite years of unprecedented growth and wealth creation, we have made little ground in combating the scourge of poverty with one in eight people overall and one in six children living below the poverty line," ACOSS CEO Cassandra Goldie said.

She said the figures made the Federal Government's recent cuts for sole parents "all the more disturbing".

Dr Goldie was adamant there were ways to combat the poverty issues plaguing the nation.

"We need to see more investment in wage subsidies and training for people who are long-term unemployed to make a difference to their job prospects," she said.

"We also need urgent action to ease housing cost pressures.

"A wealthy country such as ours can and should do better to ensure that everyone is afforded an adequate standard of living - it is a fundamental human right."



ACOSS Report key findings:

  •  12.8% of Aussies living below the poverty line.
  •  63% of people in unemployed households are below the poverty line.
  •  62% of people below the poverty line come from households with social security as their main source of income.
  •  The proportion of people in poverty rose by one third of a percentage from 2003 to 2010.

Poverty line: The poverty line is calculated as a proportion of disposable income of a 'middle income' household.

Topics:  cost of living family poverty salvation army social services study

Warwick driver wins Wallangarra billy cart race

Cyril Brown, from Warwick, claimed the Border 1000 at Wallangarra on Sunday.

THE rain didn't deter Warwick driver, Cyril Brown.

Jury sworn in for Warwick indecent treatment trial

The alleged offences took place on a day in 2015.

The trial is expected to last a day.

Alleged Warwick arsonist set to face judge

A house fire overnight in Warwick is being treated as suspicious

A MAN accused of burning down his Dragon St home will be sentenced.

Local Partners

Australia Day Award nominations now open

ALL those who know someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the Warwick community is encouraged to nominate them for an Australia Day Award.

PICS: Campdraft action gets underway at rodeo

Some of the action from the campdraft first round at the Warwick Rodeo and Campdraft this morning.

Check out the pics galore from the morning's action at the campdraft

Community garden set for Palmwoods

Kay Nixon at the Palmwoods Community Gardens will be hosting a launch day and inviting the ecommunity to come along and sign up.

Parcel of land to supply sustainable gardening for community

Former Split Enz front man Tim Finn finds new niche

Singer Tim Finn has written the music for theatre production Ladies in Black.

Musician finds his way to theatre

Priscilla concerned people will forget about Elvis

Priscilla Presley source Bang

She says she feels responsible to keep his legacy going

Taylor Swift files lawsuit over alleged groping

Taylor Swift source Bang

Swift has commenced legal action against a DJ over the incident

Kanye West threatens to boycott Grammys

West says he won't go to the Grammys if Frank Ocean's not nominated

Why this actress wasn't embarrassed by nude photo leak

Leslie Jones source Bang

'If you wanna see Leslie Jones naked, just ask,' she said

Dad's Army comic genius Jim Perry dies

Jimmy Perry, the creator of Dad's Army.

Dad's Army series captured all that British people savour

Check out some fashions from the Coast festival

FASHION: Ocean Zen range.

Images from the Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival show what's hot

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.

What our mayor thinks of the new draft SEQPlan

The plan to use the innovative technology as part of the new Maroochydore CBD was cemented on site today when Mayor Mark Jamieson and Envac Asia Region president Chun Yong Ha formally signed the contract for the $20 million underground waste collection system.

New plan accommodates Sunshine Coast Council's vision for growth.