The Residential Tenancy Authority rental data includes historical numbers on rental bonds. Have always wanted to look into this more deeply but a very quick look on a 5 year perspective of total rental bonds lodged for the northern tropical cities:
|Cairns Regional Council||22668||23871||5.3%|
|Townsville City Council||20409||24165||18.4%|
|Mackay Regional Council||9768||12443||27.4%|
Total bonds lodged includes some minor sectors where reporting may have changed. This has also been adjusted for Douglas de-amalgamation. Something doesn’t look right so hope I haven’t got something wrong.