Bundaberg is one of the welfare hotspots to receive the cashless card.
Bundaberg is one of the welfare hotspots to receive the cashless card.

Cashless welfare cards for Hervey Bay and Bundaberg to stop 'addicts'

A CASHLESS welfare card will be rolled out in Bundaberg and Hervey Bay to stop addicts spending taxpayer cash on drugs, alcohol and gambling.

Aimed at combating rising levels of crime, youth unemployment and ice use, it will be the first time the cashless debit card is used in major urban areas.

Federal Human Services Minister Alan Tudge will today travel to the Hinkler federal electorate - north of Brisbane - to announce the region as the next rollout site for the card.

The move comes after The Courier-Mail revealed Bundaberg was the welfare capital of Australia, with 4465 people taking unemployment benefits, despite the relatively high number of entry-level jobs on offer.

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