Miners at the mercy of gold diggers
28 Feb, 2012 04:00 AM
A DISGRUNTLED mining industry worker has called for an investigation into Orange’s property rental market, claiming he and his colleagues are being routinely ripped off.
The man, who has worked in the mining sector for more than 30 years and asked not to be identified, told the Central Western Daily once property owners found out where he worked the price of a rental property increased more than twofold.
“I think there should be laws against people profiteering from us,” he said.
The man said he paid $850 a week for a three-bedroom furnished duplex that was “nothing special”. He splits the rent with someone else.
He said the rent covered the cost of a cleaner for an hour a week and $250 a quarter for electricity, however he must cover usage costs over that amount.
“I know guys who live around the corner from me and they pay $1100 a week for a three-bedroom unit,” the man said.
The man said while he was paid a living-away-from-home allowance of $750 a week, there was not much money left once rent, food and transport costs were met.
“You don’t get a lot of change out of it,” he said.
“Sometimes we’ve got to scrimp and save to feed yourself.”
The man said finding rental accommodation had been relatively easy, and he’s lived in three different properties in Orange.
He previously paid $680 for a three-bedroom unit.
The man told the CWD he felt for regular families trying to rent in Orange.
“You couldn’t afford to pay that sort of price if your weren’t working at the mine,” he said.
The man said he could understand locals feeling resentful that mine workers were pushing up the cost of living in Orange.
“Locals don’t like us here,” he said.
However, the man said some people didn’t realise what people who work in the mining sector “sacrifice”.
“You’re never home, you don’t get to see your kids growing up,” he said.
“I’m lucky my wife throws herself into her career, we’ve been married for 30 years, she’s used to it.”
The man said working away from home for a month at a time placed a heavy strain on a relationship.
“There’s a saying that if you’re single when you join the mines you’ll stay single, and if you’re married you’ll [eventually] be single,” the man said.
source : http://www.centralwesterndaily
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