News

Hip pocket hit as budget costs families extra $600 a year

BALANCING THE BUDGET: Bernadette Dennis with her two daughters, Rachael, 4 months and Caitlyn, 2.
BALANCING THE BUDGET: Bernadette Dennis with her two daughters, Rachael, 4 months and Caitlyn, 2. Brenda Strong GLABUDG

COST of living pressures on Gladstone families will worsen, with expenses set to blow out by $600 more a year when the Queensland Government hands down the budget next Tuesday.

A 20% increase in power bills is expected from July 1, adding an extra $350 a year to an average bill for a family of four.

Home and contents insurances will rise by about $25 and it's expected car insurance will also jump $28.

Queensland is already the most expensive state in the country in which to own a car, and a 5-9% increase in stamp duty will further increase costs.

The cost of living pressures are already taking a toll, with 12.5% of our population considered to be living in poverty.

But Salvation Army Captain Jeff Bush believed the cost of living in Gladstone had improved, as more vacant accommodation became available.

"It has brought down the price of our emergency accommodation, which is a real positive," Capt Bush said.

He said Gladstone's issue was accommodation was usually sought before a job, but a full-time residence could be difficult to find.

"Gladstone's a bit of an anomaly where (job seekers) will have trouble getting a job without having an address when applying."

Young family holds out to see impact of Qld budget

STAY-at-home mum Bernadette Dennis says she and husband Chris are holding their breath to see the full extent of how the Queensland budget will hit the family's hip pocket.

The Gladstone couple have two children, Caitlyn, 2, and Rachael, 4 months.

She said the biggest struggle they experienced financially was their house repayments.

Chris is a third year apprentice electrician at QAL.

Before purchasing their home in New Auckland they were renting.

"We decided to buy because it wasn't much more expensive compared to our rent," Mrs Dennis said.

She said they were also concerned about the rent increases, and other bills going up.

They've already moved to head off additional expenses by renting out their downstairs area.

Since having their second child they have made changes to their family budget.

She said instead of buying takeaway or going to the shops, they tend to make do with what they already have.

They have also looked into investing in solar power, but said they would take it more seriously if there was a big power bill increase in the state budget announcement.

How are you coping with the rising cost of living in Queensland?

This poll ended on 29 June 2013.

Current Results

I'm not feeling it

15%

It's hurting a bit

38%

I'm getting desperate

46%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Topics:  cost of living editors picks families gladstone



Brisbane's arts and culture events centre stage

A CITY drenched in culture, Brisbane is again flaunting an arts and culture events calendar fit for a queen.

Homewares stores to fulfil your Instagram dreams

No Caption

You too can become an Insta-star with these fab stores.

Date nights under $50

Nothing is more romantic than a picnic with a cracking view.

NOT every date has to cost you a bomb.

Top 10 Brisbane experiences to cross off your bucket list

Do yourself a favour and get amongst the food truck scene. Eat Street is a great place to start.

A GOOD bucket list doesn’t have to span continents or cost millions.

Six mega sporting events you need to be at this year

Don't miss all the action trackside this season.

IF THERE is one thing Brisbane does damn well, it’s play host.

Insider’s guide to the best rooftop bars

Eleven Rooftop Bar is one to put on your hit list.

SEE the world from a different perspective...

Where to get your hands on the best wings

Try out these bad boys at Buffalo Bar.

IS THERE anything better than a wicked bowl of chicken wings? Nope.

WATCH: Amazing creature caught on camera at Agnes Water

Sarah Cassell took a video of this whale at Agnes Water.

Early season visitor for Agnes Water

Shock as miner wastes $110K redundancy

Methamphetamine also known as crystal meth

Addiction spurred by redundancy from mine job and shoulder injury

Police reveal identity of violent Rocky prisoners on the run

IDENTITIES of two violent prisoners that have escaped revealed.

Local Partners

Battle raging over money to fund CQ roads

Funding for CQ's road upgrades is being ripped out of the region leaving our projects languishing at the starting line says QLD Minister.


Win a $1000

GROCERY GIFT CARD!
Learn More

What to expect at Birds of Tokyo's Ipswich gig

The band will perform at the Racehorse Hotel on Friday.

BAND member Glen Sarangapany talks music, pub grub and doing shoeys

What public holidays are left in 2017

Ipswich residents will get the day off tomorrow for the show.

IPSWICH residents will get tomorrow off for the show

Caitlyn comes home to launch debut album

Gympie's Caitlyn Shadbolt will launch here debut album Songs On My Sleeve at an exclusive all-ages concert in Gympie on Friday, May 26.

Win tickets to Caitlyn's album launch

Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor split after 17 years

BEN Stiller and his wife Christine Taylor have called it a day in a joint announcement.

Why The Voice hasn't produced a star

Boy George responds to Brittania Clifford-Pugh's heart-warming message.

It's the industry, not the show, says Boy George

These actors hated their movies and didn’t mind admitting it

Channing Tatum and Marlon Wayans in a scene from GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

Every year, Hollywood blesses us with plenty of God awful movies.

Miranda Kerr and fiance hang up backyard tent for wedding

The decorators and caterers are arriving for the final preparations for the wedding of Miranda Kerr and Evan Spiegel. Pictures: Splash

Evan Spiegel and Miranda Kerr are set to marry today

Book review: Mia Freedman's book meets her critics head on

I appreciated Freedman's blunt honesty in the book

Model Bella Hadid's see-through dress shocks in Cannes

US model Bella Hadid attends the Cinema Against AIDS amfAR gala 2017 held at the Hotel du Cap, Eden Roc in Cap d'Antibes, France, 25 May 2017.

It’s like she’s become addicted to shock value.

Man's amazing comeback from monster crisis

Pat O'Driscoll agents Penny Keating and Doug Webber sold 56 Agnes St, The Range at auction over the weekend.

NOT long ago, he sold his possessions to pay staff. Now he's back.

Report reveals progress on $319m airport upgrade

Aerials of the Sunshine Coast.Jetstar plane in front of the Susnhine Coast terminal, Sunshine Coast Airport.

Over two dozen government approvals needed for airport expansion

Lost dough leaves sour taste after company collapse

Kathleen and John Mahoney from Sugar and Spice Bakery were stung after the collapse of Cantro Pty Ltd and are still owed money.

Supermarket operator collapse leaves sour taste for bakery

Open for inspection homes May 25-31

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!