Townsville is a major gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, the Wet Tropics and the Queensland outback. Living here you will enjoy alfresco dining, Federation-style architecture and boutique shopping alongside the cool ocean breeze and coastal vibe. With more than 320 days of sunshine each year, Magnetic Island eight kilometres offshore and World Heritage-listed national parks, Townsville is home to some spectacular natural landscapes and attractions.
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Suburbs of Townsville
Townsville offers a range of suburbs that are ideal to live in, from the family suburbs of Kirwan and Annandale to apartment-style living in the cosmopolitan city centre. The housing styles range from traditional Queenslanders to contemporary rendered low-set homes.
QLD Public Holidays
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Housing assistance review
The annual review of housing assistance will be completed next month, with the new rates published early next year. The annual review of service residence and rental allowance contributions involves assessing the national average rent for Defence houses in each rent band. This results in contributions being calculated on actual rent changes.
Director Military Conditions and Housing Policy, Derek Cox said providing housing assistance to ADF members was a longstanding policy. "The annual review is undertaken to ensure the Defence requirement of sharing the national cost of housing with members on a 50/50 basis is met each year," Mr Cox said. "The rent band method offers transparency for calculating contribution increases based on actual rental increases rather than forecasts."
Member contributions for living-in accommodation will be adjusted in line with the September 2018 rents and utilities subcomponents of the consumer price index. Casual meal rates and the fortnightly meal contribution will also be reviewed to ensure any revised rates are based on the reasonable recovery of actual national average costs incurred by Defence in providing meals.
The new rates will be reflected in members' salaries in February 2019.
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