Yeppoon renters paying more than Rockhampton counterparts

YEPPOON renters' pockets may be a little lighter than their Rockhampton counterparts as new data reveals it costs more to live at the coast.

The Rental Affordability Index for 2012-15 report, released last week, says Rockhampton residents (with a 157 RAI score) have more "affordable" rates in comparison to most of regional Queensland, but Keelan McDonald disagrees.

"I have been renting for around two years now… I think (the rates) are too high," she said yesterday after shopping at City Centre Plaza.

"It can be a struggle, it's high in Yeppoon too.

"Hopefully it will drop soon."

The study revealed 4703 postcode residents were spending around 24% of their household income to rent payments, while a snapshot of the market yesterday showed Yeppoon renters were paying around $350 per week for a medium-sized home in comparison to Rockhampton's $250.

Yeppoon's RAI rating of 127 meant the area was "close" to a situation of unaffordable housing.

That's when households seeking to rent there would be less likely to easily meet and pay off any unexpected costs or bills.

The study said young families with children in care may find it harder to make ends meet.

On a wider scale, rental housing in regional Queensland was relatively affordable for the average household.

Where's the cheapest?

Rockhampton's most affordable:

Allenstown, Depot Hill, Fairy Bower, Great Keppel Island, Port Curtis, Rockhampton, Rockhampton City, Rockhampton Hospital, The Keppels, The Range, Wandal, West

Least affordable: Berserker, Frenchville, Greenlake, Ironpot, Kalka, Kawana, Koongal, Lakes Creek, Limestone Creek, Mount Archer, Nankin, Nerimbera, Norman Gardens, North Rockhampton, Oasis Gardens

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