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Australia’s poorest town

Australia’s poorest town

Long-time residents joke that you need to live in Delungra for 30 years before you’re truly considered a local, writes Katie Beck.Formerly a bustling grain farming hub, it’s now a typical northern New South Wales town with a bowling club, service station, hotel and post office.But in 2015, Delungra was named Australia’s lowest-earning postcode by the Australian Taxation Office, with a mean taxable income of just $21,691.The town’s 330 residents are bemused by this dubious honour. They say it doesn’t reflect their experience of living in the town, where volunteerism is the norm and friendships run deep and long.This is what locals say it’s like to live in Australia’s poorest town.