Give low earners a break
A WAGE of $35,000 a year before tax doesn't seem like a lot of money, especially in this day and age of miners earning six-figure sums.
But it's the average wage of workers in our region.
The real story, unfortunately, is there are lots of people on a lot less money.
Pensioners, the unemployed and a host of casual and junior workers would all be glad to earn the average wage.
Most pensioners would be lucky to earn $15,000 a year.
For people on low wages the positive thing about residing in Gympie is the low cost of living compared to other regions.
But with rising electricity costs, rents and rates, things aren't easy.
It's why council needs to be sympathetic to pensioners and low-income earners when deliberating rate rises.
Hefty increases like we have seen since amalgamation can't continue.
It will push low wage earners from their homes.