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Cost of Living in Townsville - Why are tomatoes Cheaper
in Melbourne than Townsville?
KAP Candidate Colin Dwyer is the only candidate comparing, monitoring and
discussing Townsville Cost of Living. He has previously monitored Grocery
Prices and Petrol prices across Townsville.
The cost of living in North Queensland needs to be monitored. The Australian
Bureau of Statistics has access to appropriate data to develop a quarterly NQ CPI
or inflation figure. Why should around 1 million North Queenslanders have to
rely on Brisbane inflation data?
Last Friday June 17 Colin Dwyer Herbert Candidate for KAP organized a grocery
price comparison between Melbourne, Brisbane Townsville and Mt Isa.
He also organized a sample survey of the duopoly stores in Townsville, Coles and
Woolworths. The inter city comparison only included Woolworths stores.
The survey revealed enormous price variations for Fruit, vegetables and Meats.
Tomatoes in Townsville Woolworths cost $6.98 per kg, the same as Mount Isa.
But the Melbourne Woolworths had tomatoes for sale for $6/kg or 14% cheaper
and the Brisbane store had tomatoes for sale for $4.88/kg, $2.10 cheaper or 30%
cheaper. The comparison with the Coles store was even worse with Coles price
for Tomatoes 57% cheaper than Woolworths at $3/kg.
Fruit and Vege price comparison between Townsville, Brisbane, Melbourne
and Mt Isa
Coles
Woolworths
Item
North Ward
CBD
Brisbane Melbourne
Mt Isa
Lettuce
3.9
3.98
3.48
3.9
3.98
Tomatoes
3
6.98
4.88
6
6.98
Onions
3
2.98
2.98
2.98
2.98
Carrots
1.9
1.98
1.98
2.48
2.48
Banana
1.7
2.5
2.5
3.48
2.5
Survey completed afternoon of July 17, Mt Isa completed on Thursday 16 th

At this time of year Melbourne’s tomato supply, in part, probably comes from the
warmer regions of Bundaberg and Bowen. That’s a long way to travel and yet
our tomato prices are 14% dearer. Could it be that our tomatoes travel down
and back?
Bananas are an Australian favourite. North Queensland grows a major
proportion of the banana product. Last Friday Woolworth’s stores across North
Queensland had a similar price for Bananas of $2.5/Kg. Melbourne’s banana
price was almost $1/kg more at $3.48. This is understandable, with transport
costs.

But the comparison between the duopoly stores in Townsville revealed Coles
where 80c cheaper/Kg. Since Friday Woolworths have dropped their Banana
price to $1.70 per Kg.
In May I traveled to Brisbane and noticed that Banana prices where cheaper in
Brisbane than Townsville.
Solution 1 North Queensland produces some of the best Fruit and Vegetables in
Australia. Bowen Tomatoes are the best in the country. Tully produces great
quantities of babnas for the nation. North Queensland needs its own Fruit and
Vegetable exchange or distribution centre so we obtain fresher, healthier
cheaper produce. Townsville the largest city in North Australia is ideally located
to be the distribution centre.
Solution 2 The Australian Bureau of Statistics can do better for regional
Australia and needs to monitor inflation in North Queensland.
KAP Candidate Colin Dwyer is the only candidate comparing, monitoring
and discussing Townsville Cost of Living. He has previously monitored
Grocery Prices and Petrol prices across Townsville.
Other items to discuss include
Meat Prices
Home insurance


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