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Sea or tree change: Tips for moving to a regional area

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A sea or tree change is an Australian dream for many retirees who seek a slower and more relaxed lifestyle in a smaller seaside or inland community. It seems that COVID-19 has accelerated many people’s decision with the latest ABS data showing that capital cities suffered from the largest quarterly net loss on record last September with 11,000 people heading to regional towns. Here are some points you may like to consider if you’re contemplating making the big move.

Making a sea or tree change often means uprooting from your existing community to move to a smaller coastal or inland community.

The latest report from the Centre for Population found that migrants contributed 26 per cent of population growth in regional Australia between 1996 and 2016.

In certain regions, migrants were responsible for more than half of the population growth. 

Sea change coach Caroline Cameron isn’t surprised that people from culturally and linguistically backgrounds are increasingly joining this move.

Whether they arrived three months ago, ten years ago, are often moving to country areas now because house prices are more affordable and there are different work opportunities, lifestyle opportunities and so we are increasingly seeing smaller country communities with larger percentages of people from non-English backgrounds,

 

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People in Australia must stay at least 1.5 meters away from others. Find out what restrictions are in place for your state or territory.

Testing for coronavirus is now widely available across Australia. If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, arrange a test by calling your doctor or contact the Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080.
The federal government's coronavirus tracing app COVIDSafe is available for download from your phone's app store.

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