Income report misleading, says Whelan
MUNDUBBERA is one of the poorest towns in the nation, according to a new report, with the average pay just $27,891 from 2013 to 2014.
But the report from the Australian Taxation Office was criticised as misleading by the town’s councillor.
Division 3 councillor Faye Whelan said although the figures were alarming, they did not portray an accurate picture of Mundubbera.
She pointed to the double whammy of floods and drought in the year as a reason why income would be unusually low during that time.
“Part of the issue there would be the massive flooding, and many of our industries were inundated by water,” Cr Whelan said.
“And after that, we had flood and drought.”
The cost of repairs, damaged crops and a mobile workforce were all factors that people should take into account.
“After crops were damaged, people were not getting premium prices,” she said.
Although she was sceptical of the implications of the report, she did say it was evidence of how tough North Burnett farmers had it in that year.
But she predicted next year’s report would show the current season would be a boost for the town.
“Mundubbera as a town looks very busy. We don’t have shops closing down like other towns,” she said.