Moranbah: most expensive township

MORANBAH has topped the list as the most expensive place to live in Queensland.

A survey of the state’s localities revealed the central mining town beat out more than 40 others towns.

Moranbah came in as most expensive on a list of 43 towns, after the price of household goods and services was compared to prices in Brisbane in 2010.

The town is 13.9% more expensive than Brisbane and leads the other mining towns of Blackwater, Mt Isa and Emerald in the list.

The cheapest places are Maryborough, Charters Towers and Gympie.

They were all more than 7% cheaper than Brisbane.

Thirty-five of the 43 towns in the full survey were cheaper than Brisbane.

Treasurer Andrew Fraser said housing costs drove the results in the mining towns while low housing costs balanced out expensive groceries in remote towns.

“Not surprisingly, most of the areas above the Brisbane benchmark are in mining regions,” he told the Mackay regional sitting of Queensland Parliament yesterday.

“These areas also have incomes well above the benchmark.”

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