Saturday 6 August 2022 06:13 AM Locals reveal parts of Australia paying $9 for milk and $84 for instant coffee trends now
Rural communities are bearing the brunt of Australia's cost-of-living crisis with milk going for up to $9 and a mixed salad pack for $17.
The exorbitant prices reflect the fact remote stores have to foot the bill for increasing freight costs, but a public health expert has also called out the monopolies that exist in some towns for 'charging whatever they like'.
Examples of the colossal price hikes were seen at two separate remote places in the Northern Territory in April and June this year.
A receipt for a 2litre Pura milk was posted on social media showing a buyer had purchased it for $9.20 in April from a store in Kaltukatjara, south west of Alice Springs.
A receipt (pictured) shows a shopper had to fork out $9.20 at a Northern Territory remote community for a 2litre milk bottle
The same daily staple brand goes for about $3 in big brand stores in major cities in Australia
The dairy staple is on offer for $3.10 at grocery stores in major cities.
A 2021 Northern Territory food summit report by the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance found isolated communities had to fork out 56 per cent more for food compared with those who lives in cities.
Donna Donzow from EON foundation, which helps Indigenous communities get good quality produce, told 7NEWS.com.au the prices can be unusually high.
'The cost of a mixed salad pack was