Mining communities are listed among the highest-earning suburbs in Queensland.
Mining communities are listed among the highest-earning suburbs in Queensland.

Richest suburbs in small towns

THEY might be small towns, but some of Central Queensland’s mining communities have been named among the wealthiest suburbs in the state.

The Australian Taxation Office has released figures which have revealed where the nation’s wealthiest workers live, listing the top 10 postcodes in Queensland during the financial year 2008-2009.

Five of those top 10 earning postcodes are in the mining communities in the Isaac region, where their income growth has beaten established inner city suburbs in Brisbane.

These mining communities, however, did not beat the inner-north suburbs of Ascot and Hamilton in Brisbane which topped Queensland’s high-earners list, with a mean taxable income of about $103,000 in the 2008-2009 tax year.

Towns such as Moranbah, Dysart, Glenden, May Downs Middlemount, Tieri and Blackwater made the list of wealthy areas.

Glenden Suttor had a mean taxable income of $89,064, up 15% from $77,140 the previous year.

Dysart saw a 13% change from an income of $74,989 to $84,477 while further out, Tieri had a taxable income of $90,515 from $82,728 on the year before.

Moranbah grew from $73,989 in 2007-2008 to $82,629 in 2008-2009, while May Downs Middlemount’s mean taxable income was $85,002 a 13% growth from the previous year.

The Central Queensland community of Woorabinda made the list of the 10 lowest-earning suburbs, with a mean taxable income of $38,914.

Wealthy Suburbs

  • Tieri taxable income last year was $90,515
  • Glenden Suttor’s taxable income was $89,064
  • May Downs, Middlemount taxable income was $85,002
  • Dysart’s taxable income was $84,477
  • Moranbah‘s taxable income was $82,629


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