Job jug­gling Jan­ina, like so many in Port

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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.”

Photo by MAR­TINE COT­TON

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