How to become a poor traveler Melbourne
The Melbourne suburb of Parramatta has been dubbed “poor traveler” by many after it was named the “most expensive” city in the world by TripAdvisor.
While Melbourne’s average household income is just over $42,000, the average annual income of people who have lived there for five years or more is $60,965.
“In a city that has become such a focus for high-profile housing projects, we are in need of a more modest accommodation solution,” Parramatans mayor Graham Curran said.
“People are coming from all over the world to enjoy the city and to make their mark, and it’s our responsibility to help them.”
The city is also experiencing a housing crisis as people move to other parts of the state.
The number of new apartments in the CBD has dropped by a third since last year.
“I think it’s important that we recognise the problem of affordability, particularly for the older population,” Curran told ABC Radio Melbourne.
“We need to make sure that people in our city who have grown up in Melbourne know what it is like to be in a poor neighbourhood, and how it affects them.”
The ABC’s Robyn Williams visited Parramathat to find out more about the poor traveler phenomenon.
She met a young couple from Perth who had lived in the area for five months.
“They didn’t know it but they were living in a very poor suburb,” Ms Williams said.
They had just moved into their new home in Parramarat when the Melbourne earthquake hit, causing extensive damage.
Ms Williams said there were many people who had already made the mistake of leaving the city, but it had not been easy.
‘I just want to go home’ “When I went to visit them, I was amazed at how quiet they were, they were just so quiet,” she said.
“[They said] ‘I just wanted to go back home’.
I thought it was a bit strange because they had a house, but I didn’t realise they were actually renting out the apartment.”
Ms Curran is determined to try to tackle the problem by creating a special accommodation service, and has made a video plea for more people to help.
“[We] need to provide a safe place for people to live and to feel at home,” she told ABC News.
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