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Miners topple Perth silvertails

CHRIS THOMSON

Only a handful of Perth’s old-money suburbs kept their spot atop WA’s rich list as the last mining boom drew to a close.

Latest Australian Bureau of Statistics income figures show that in 2007-08 average salaries in many mining areas were closing fast on those in Perth’s plush western suburbs.

Only the western Perth Shire of Peppermint Grove and neighbouring Town of Cottesloe clung on as home to the state’s top salary earners.

The average Peppermint Grove resident received a $72,637 salary, while the mean Cottesloe salary was $71,793.

Residents of the mining shires of Roebourne ($70,180), Ashburton ($69,352) and East Pilbara ($66,469) and town of Port Hedland ($63,661) earned the next highest salaries.

The western Perth cites of Subiaco ($63,651) and Nedlands ($62,759) then got a look in.

They were followed by residents of the Shire of Coolgardie ($62,080) – where the rocky road of WA mining booms began in the 1890s.

In the wealthiest five mining areas 14.7 per cent of workers were labourers compared to just 8.6 per cent in the richest five Perth localities.

TOP AVERAGE WAGES AND SALARIES, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

2003-04
2004-05
2005-06
2006-07
2007-08
Average Annual Growth Rate
Top 5 SLAs(a)
$
$
$
$
$
%

Perth SD
Peppermint Grove
53 389
57 327
63 514
66 263
72 637
8.0
Cottesloe
53 117
57 052
63 083
65 692
71 793
7.8
Subiaco
49 813
53 261
56 063
59 699
63 651
6.3
Nedlands
52 055
54 771
57 258
60 575
62 759
4.8
Claremont
51 334
53 447
56 844
58 911
61 055
4.4
Perth SD
36 523
38 712
41 095
43 785
46 804
6.4
Balance WA
Roebourne
52 582
53 713
58 352
63 418
70 180
7.5
Ashburton
55 873
56 695
62 112
64 920
69 352
5.6
East Pilbara
51 221
55 716
58 422
61 555
66 469
6.7
Port Hedland
49 231
52 646
54 475
59 967
63 661
6.6
Coolgardie
50 164
53 886
55 187
57 565
62 080
5.5
Bal WA (b)
34 553
36 679
38 932
41 428
44 266
6.4
WA
36 048
38 219
40 575
43 226
46 199
6.4

(a) Top 5 SLAs exclude regions with less than 100 Wage and salary earners
(b) Excludes SLA ‘WA Unknown’

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