ABS reveals latest on Bellingen
BELLINGEN has some of the oldest cars in the State, a higher proportion of people on government benefits, and a lower-than-average income rate, according to data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
The ABS yesterday released the information to promote the release of their new-look National Regional Profiles, which now uses a Google Maps-based interface to make it easier to find information on local government areas and other types of regions across Australia.
Unfortunately, Bellingen really made its mark.
Not only did it have the oldest vehicles in the State in 2008 – 59 per cent of registered vehicles in the region were more than 10 years old – they also had a lower average taxable income than average, alongside Kempsey, just $39,000 compared to a State average of $54,742.
Nambucca came a close second in the car stakes, with 58 per cent of vehicles in the Local Government Area (LGA) more than 10 years old.
The Bellingen LGA also had a higher proportion of people on Newstart Allowance for more than 12 months – again, alongside Kempsey – 71 per cent, which is 10 per cent up on the state average.
Offering a range of current social and economic indicators for more than 2000 regional profiles over a five year period, the National Regional Profiles allow you to access and compare data on a regional basis.