Low earners in Granite Belt region

IN bad news for the Granite Belt region, three townships in the area have made it into the 10 lowest-earning postcodes in the state.

And unfortunately for Glen Aplin – the township with the lowest mean taxable income ($33,806) in Queensland – it also ranks as the sixth lowest in the country.

The figures were compiled by the Australian Taxation Office and based on the 2007-08 mean taxable incomes.

The other two towns on the Granite Belt to make the bottom 10 were Wallangarra ($34,804) and The Summit ($35,797).

Southern Downs Regional Deputy Mayor Peter Blundell said a number of conditions, including drought and the flying fox damage in 2008, had likely contributed to the poor result.

“It’s not the first time this has happened and in fact I’ve seen a number of cases where we have had a number of postcodes in that bottom demographic,” Cr Blundell said.

He said it was a tough time for the wine industry, but he believed because of the Granite Belt wineries’ close relation with tourism they were better prepared to rebound.

“This is strength of the Granite Belt win industry I think in that it has a little bit more resilience,” he said.



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