In­come re­port mis­lead­ing, says Whe­lan

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Bar­clay White Bar­clay.White@south­bur­nett­

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.

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