Job juggling Janina, like so many in Port
Being a tourism town, prices of certain items are higher, she says.
“I have just travelled the east coast and I think because Port Douglas is such a tourism town, general shopping items seem to be more expensive compared to other towns,” Ms Doulidis said.
Port Douglas Chamber of Commerce president Ken Dobbs said the ABS results did not surprise him because there are lots of people like Ms Doulidis working several jobs.
“That is what I would expect – there is a lot of casual employment in Douglas and therefore the average income is going to be lower,” Mr Dobbs said.
“We have a lesser proportionate of professionals and full-time employment and a big component of our workforce is hospitality and casual employment.”
But, according to Mr Dobbs, that is the lifestyle of Port Douglas.
“That is the nature of our employment, it is very seasonal and the figures don’t show that and people often work two or three places to make the hours,” Dobbs said.
“Our population is transient. People are often here for short periods of time so the figure is not going to change. We are a hospitality town.”
Janina Doulidi works three jobs