Streaky Bay throws support behind Newstart campaign

The Streaky Bay District Council is one of seven councils across South Australia to support the campaign to raise Newstart Allowance payments.

A campaign led by the Anti-Poverty Network SA, with support from SA Council of Social Service and Uniting Communities, has been raising awareness for and trying to increase the Newstart figure.

At $269 a week, Newstart is $160 a week below the poverty-line, less than 41 per cent of the minimum wage and less than 18 per cent of the average wage.

Streaky Bay has thrown its support behind the campaign alongside the City of Port Adelaide Enfield, Kangaroo Island, Copper Coast, Clare Valley, Onkaparinga and Playford.

Streaky Bay chief executive officer Joy Hentschke said councillors understood the plight of some people.

“The councillors have a reasonable understanding of the cost of living in rural areas and council felt it was a little low of a figure,” she said.

The unemployment rate in Streaky Bay for March 2017 was 5.7 per cent, a drop from 6.1 per cent in September 2016.

The labour force in Streaky Bay for March 2017 was at 1155 people.

According to the Unemployed Workers Union there is one job for every 17 job seekers across the country.

This has resulted up to 70 per cent of Newstart recipients receiving the payment for more than 12 months.