Health food costs soar in remote NT

The cost of buying healthy food has soared in remote Northern Territory compared to cities.
The cost of buying healthy food has soared in remote Northern Territory compared to cities.

The cost of buying healthy food has soared in remote Northern Territory communities, a leading welfare group says.

The NT Council of Social Service says governments must take action following the release of its latest cost of living report.

It says the average price for a basket of healthy foods is 60 per cent higher in remote communities than in major city supermarkets.

Policy advisor Jonathon Pilbrow says the gap is also growing, with the difference just 22 per cent in 2012 and 42 per cent in 2016.

"This is despite major efforts in recent years to improve access to affordable food in remote areas through licensing schemes and improved store infrastructure," Mr Pilbrow said.

Australian Associated Press