Albany reliant on JobKeeper scheme

By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on July 30, 2020

ALBANY has the third greatest number of businesses currently utilising the Federal Government’s JobKeeper handout outside of the metropolitan area.

Recorded via postcode, there are 1,049 businesses within the 6330 area on JobKeeper, making Albany a main target for visiting MPs investigating the usefulness of JobKeeper to local enterprises.

Liberal State Senator Matt O’Sullivan visited five towns in the Great Southern last week to learn more about how JobKeeper had affected business output and success.

“Universally, people have said it’s a real gamechanger,” he said.

“People were in tears having to stand down workers but were then really happy to be able to re-engage those workers.

“It’s been a really necessary shot in the arm.”

Mr O’Sullivan stopped by Albany World of Cars along the way and learned co-owner Toni Hunter nearly had to close the establishment.

“Without JobKeeper, we would have died, we would have collapsed,” Ms Hunter said.

The 6333 area, which includes Denmark, Peaceful Bay, Nornalup and surrounds, has 325 businesses using JobKeeper.

Next in the ranking is the 6324 postcode encompassing Denbarker, Mount Barker, Porongurup, South Stirling and surrounds with 105 businesses on JobKeeper.

The Kojonup region (6395) has recorded 78 businesses, Katanning region (6317) 72 businesses, and 45 businesses in Borden, Bremer Bay, Stirling Range and surrounds (6338).

In comparison to other cities in the south west of the state, Albany ranks above Kalgoorlie’s 435 businesses but below Bunbury’s 1,159 and Busselton’s 1,102.

The postcode with the most JobKeeper payments in the state is 6065, which includes Wangara, Wanneroo, Kingsway and surrounds; there are 2,420 businesses there on JobKeeper.

Second in the state is postcode 6000 (Perth) with 1,973 and third goes to 6163 (Bibra Lake, Kardinya, Hilton and surrounds) with 1,943 businesses.

Albany has recorded similar JobKeeper figures to industrial powerhouses Osborne Park (1,077), Morley (1,091) and Balcatta and Stirling (1,025).