Leanne McKay asks when costs of living will stop increasing?
Leanne McKay asks when costs of living will stop increasing? Jenna Cairney

Bleak times ahead: residents

FEEDBACK about yesterday's Daily News edition was that it made for bleak reading.

With a 9.6 per cent average general rate rise announced by Southern Downs Regional Council and the fallout from the carbon tax decisions reported on in full, Warwick residents were once again reminded how tough the next year is going to be.

No-one knows that better than Leanne McKay, who yesterday spent $80 on her groceries.

Looking down on her barely used shopping trolley she said, “that's it – four bags. That's all $80 buys you these days.”

Raising four children is no mean feat but she said she feared that the rising cost of living was making it even harder.

While she might remain protected from the carbon tax, she understands it could increase the cost of her groceries even more.

“All I bought was milk, a couple of frozen things,” she said.

“I try to buy specials but they are still more expensive than they used to be.

“It scares me.

“We are paying off our house and with this rates increase, we are going to struggle.”

She said she felt so let down by the Gillard Government, she had no expectations of local government being able to help her.

Are you doing it tough? What do you think of the rate increase? How will you cope? email edit@warwickdailynews.com.au or call 4660 1317.



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