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Highs and lows of wages for region revealed

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September 12, 2017

Committee for Greater Shepparton chief Sam Birrell.

Little more than one per cent of Greater Shepparton earns more than $3000 a week, compared with an average of three per cent earning the same amount across the state, according to census data.

Sixty-five percent of the city’s respondents earn up to $1000 a week.

And just under than eight per cent in Greater Shepparton declared no weekly income, compared with about 10 per cent across the state.

The most common weekly income bracket, according to analysis of census data by .id economics for Greater Shepparton City Council, was 10 per cent of the city’s residents aged 15 and over, who earned between $300 and $400.

Almost 12 per cent of respondents did not state their weekly income.

The city’s 1.3 per cent of residents above 15, earning more than $3000 a week, is slightly lower than the regional Victoria average of 1.6 per cent.

Committee for Greater Shepparton chief Sam Birrell argued establishing higher salary roles in the regions would ensure more disposable income circulating the local economy.

But he also stressed the importance of senior management positions locally to make sure decisions for the regions were made in the regions.

Analysis found local weekly income numbers compared to the state showed there was a lower proportion locally of people earning a high income (those earning $1750 a week or more) and a higher proportion of those earning a low income (those earning less than $500 a week).

Overall, six per cent of the population earned a high income and 39 per cent earned a low income, compared with 10.7 per cent and 38.4 per cent respectively for Victoria.

Almost 20 per cent of respondents earned between $1000 and $2000 a week, while 2.5 per cent of the city earned between $2000 and $3000 weekly, compared with 4.6 per cent across the state.

Mr Birrell argued the creation of high-quality facilities — good schools, good connectivity, good sporting, art and cultural facilities — was linked with attracting residents with higher income capacity to relocate.

He said Victoria’s regional centres within 200km of Melbourne had identities and should be treated by businesses and government as entities deserving of senior management roles.

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