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Illawarra residents pay highest rates in NSW
Released 24 September 2010

A report released by Minister for Local Government, Barbara Perry, found that the Illawarra region’s three councils ranked among the 25 most expensive in the state for 2008-09. 

The priciest place to own property outside of Sydney is Kiama, where average residential rates of $1040 put it fifth highest in NSW, below Hunters Hill, North Sydney, Ku-ring-gai and Mosman.

The low number of commercial and industrial properties in the area, and high coastal land values, were to blame for the elevated residential rates, says a Wollongong City Council spokeswoman.

Rates for residents in Wollongong and Shellharbour are also high at $944 and $864 respectively, compared to the NSW average of $760.