MARYBOROUGH region income earners were the second lowest paid in the state and no Ballarat suburbs reached the state average of $51,398, new tax data for 2010-11 shows.
The information, released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics yesterday, showed Buninyong reisdents collected Ballarat’s highest average income in 2010-11 with $48,534, ahead of Alfredton on $46,530 and Ballarat North on $46,651.
By comparison income earners in Melbourne’s Toorak, which topped the list, made an average of $150,548.
Maryborough achieved $34,970 but the Maryborough region was the second lowest in the state, sitting on $32,904.
Central Goldfields Shire mayor Barry Rinaldi said the council continued to work on economic development opportunities for the shire, but a large percentage of the population was working in a part-time capacity due to the seasonal nature of the retail and factory work available.
He said it impacted the buying capacity of residents, from choosing the items they wanted from the shops to families who couldn’t afford to send their children on school camps.
“We’re working towards increasing employment potential in the shire almost every day,” he said.
Cr Rinaldi said in the past three years major employer True Foods had created 300 jobs, while the retail sector had also attracted large, national brands to the region.
“We understand our challenges ... it’s certainly improved to what it was five years ago,” he said
Ballarat’s average total income for 2010-11 was $44,461, compared to $35,562 in 2005-06.
By suburbs, Delacombe had the lowest average income in 2010-11 with $38,533, compared to $45,895 for Ballarat, $43,411 for Ballarat South, $40,953 for Wendouree-Miners Rest and $39,794 for Smythes Creek.
Across the region, Creswick-Clunes recorded $40,238, Daylesford was $40,032 and Gordon made $45,403.
The average for all Maryborough-Pyrenees towns was $36,227.