Slow in­come growth posted

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr and Dy­lan Ca­porn

The Pil­bara ex­pe­ri­enced the slow­est growth on av­er­age in­come in WA, ac­cord­ing to new fig­ures re­leased by the Aus­tralian Tax­a­tion Of­fice.

The av­er­age in­come in the re­gion grew 0.93 per cent to $87,078 from 2012-13 to 2013-14, well be­low the re­gional av­er­age of 3.24 per cent.

De­spite this, the Pil­bara still laid claim to the highest av­er­age in­come in WA, nearly $20,000 ahead of sec­ond-placed Perth.

Within the Pil­bara, Onslow held the highest av­er­age in­come at $117,524, with Port Hed­land and the sur­round­ing East Pil­bara area also av­er­ag­ing more than $100,000.

Onslow Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try pres­i­dent Ge­off Her­bert said the growth sur­round­ing Chevron’s Wheat­stone devel­op­ment was just the tip of the ice­berg.

“We’ve also now got the sup­port base start­ing to fire up, that should start next month,” he said.

“The po­ten­tial there with that sup­port base (and air­port) es­pe­cially, if that can kick off it will bode well for Chevron and BHP for all their off­shore sup­port.

“Then you have all the sec­ondary stuff — the pub, the ac­com­mo­da­tion, the so­cial in­fra­struc­ture from Chevron.”

Mr Her­bert said lo­cal busi­nesses were now thriv­ing on the on-site and an­cil­lary work around the ma­jor re­sources projects near town. Kar­ratha av­er­aged just un­der $92,000 while Roe­bourne was home to the sec­ond lowest av­er­age in­come in the Pil­bara at $56,315, about $12,000 be­low the re­gional WA av­er­age.

Both Roe­bourne and Kar­ratha’s av­er­age in­comes in 2013-14 were lower than the pre­vi­ous fi­nan­cial year, with Roe­bourne’s fall­ing more than $2000. From 2003-04 to 2013-14 the av­er­age Pil­bara in­come has grown 89 per cent.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Onslow held the highest av­er­age in­come at $117,524, with Port Hed­land and the sur­round­ing East Pil­bara area also av­er­ag­ing more than $100,000. Pic­tured is the Onslow salt jetty.

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