The overheads are considerably lower, you get a guaranteed parking space and I am able to spend quality time with my husband and two sons instead of being stuck in traffic.
In 2009, after living in South Africa close on 40 years of my life, my wife and I made the decision to move to Australia.
This was mainly to provide our children with a better opportunity in life and to enjoy a freedom we both enjoyed as children growing up in South Africa. The choice to move to Australia was easy as we knew many Australians in South Africa and believed our two countries had a lot in common.
We were presented with the opportunity to move to Griffith, New South Wales, to join the company De Bortoli Wines, with my wife taking a position in the IT department.
It wasn't long after we arrived in Griffith I was offered a position to join the same company (De Bortoli Wines) as an Export Analyst to assist in the ever growing business of wine sales abroad.
My background is working in restaurants and franchise, so this job was all new for me. But with the move to Griffith we had opened our thoughts to try all new things.
The acceptance into Griffith community has been magnificent, with the friendly nature of everyone making the move very easy for us as a family.
We recently returned to South Africa to visit our family who are still living there and although we missed everyone, we returned back to our new home here in Griffith. I would recommend the move to anyone with many opportunities waiting to be explored.
Living in Hillston is such a different life for me and one which I really didn’t expect! It’s been an exciting learning curve; from driving tractors to starting up my own business, I would never have dreamt of doing anything like this if I was still in Sydney.
The variety of employment opportunities is certainly not as extensive as the city, but this challenged me to think outside the square. I am very active and in Sydney I became an accredited yoga instructor and this that gave me the idea of starting up my own yoga classes.
Since starting classes in Hillston, word has spread and the nearby villages of Merriwagga and Goolgowi have also asked for classes to be run there. It’s been a great success, I’m continuing to do what I love and I am involving myself in my local community in a way I have never been able to do before.
Moving to Hillston has been a positive move for me and i'm keen to inspire others to be open to the experience. Young people in particular don’t think career opportunities exist in regional areas, but the reality is anything is possible with a good business idea and the support of your community.
When a relative suggested the Campbell family pack up and move 500km west of Sydney to Culcairn in 2011, they were more than happy to consider a new life in a rural community. With four young children, a casual job which meant work commitments seven days a week, soaring petrol prices and the high cost of city living, the family had nothing to lose. They were convinced that life in the country would be much easier.
The Campbell’s relocated from Western Sydney to the Great Hume Shire in just six days; there was a house ready to move into and a full-time job ready for Barbara shortly after. Since moving to Culcairn, the Campbell family have a much more optimistic outlook on life.
“The major advantages have been financial” explains Barbara, “I now have a full-time job which means job security and I don’t have to sit in traffic to get to work, our cost of living has also halved and our whole family has a much better quality of life as a result.”
Socially, the family are also much more active than they were in Sydney. The children all attend the local primary school and play football and netball; the involvement with the local sporting clubs has made making friends extremely easy.
“Moving to the country was the right decision for our family. The kids now have a brighter future and we get to spend more quality time together as a family I can honestly say the move has changed our whole outlook on life,” says Barbara.