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8 reasons to choose a different way to live.

8 reasons to choose a different way to live
Posted 23 January 2020

Making The Move to A Regional Location - its one of the best decisions you will make.

Are you enjoying the final long weekend before the kids are back to school? Is the beach or river is a stone throw away? Is the lifestyle... oh so relaxing. 

Is the idea of this as a more permanent feature of your life: a sea or tree change appealing? Then read on because your change could be as close as the sight of those autumn leaves falling.

'as close as the sight of those autumn leaves falling'

Let's look at the Bellarine Peninsula and the Central Highlands as a starting point. From Ballarat and Ballan in the Central Highlands to Geelong, Leopold to Torquay on the Bellarine Peninsula - all these great locations have incredible opportunities for your family.

1. Lifestyle.

Imagine living eight minutes from your work or eight minutes from your next surf. That's what living on the Bellarine or in the Central Highlands gives you. Living in regional areas gives you back time. This time can be spent with family, friends and on yourself. Regional areas have all you need from education through to health. From public transport to employment options.

2. Where can and what do I do for work?

As for employment opportunities, these are now stronger than ever in regional areas with many government departments relocating as well as Start-Up incubators such as Runway Geelong and Ballarat in the mix. From agriculture through to technology hubs.  From startup communities through to traditional services like education and health.  Plus those needing to work in Melbourne CBD, an easy rail commute is available.

Then you have the tertiary education sector in both cities providing not only employment but also excellent education for all. All these sectors are providing robust and growing employment opportunities for regional residents.

3. Can I afford this home?

Forget Melbourne, where the median house prices have soared and are continually increasing. Regional areas such as Ballarat, Geelong, the Bellarine Peninsula and the Surfcoast offer affordable housing opportunities. You can buy in all these areas for significantly less than most areas of Melbourne. Greville Pabst (The Block)  recently reviewed these areas as providing great opportunities for both investment and lifestyle.

Housing choices such as this allow you to create a balanced lifestyle for you and your family. Government incentives are significant and securing home loans due to affordability is an important consideration.  

As for the variety of homes, from classic to modern, from lifestyle to the heritage, the choice is vast.  From the established location of  Leopold where there are some beautiful homes available to the cutest cottages in Ballarat.  There is a home for every family.

4. Ten minute peak hours.

It's unbelievable to think of 'peak hour' lasting for only 10 minutes, but this is a regional living reality. Travelling across both these regional cities takes less than 20 minutes from one side to the other, so accessing services and facilities is easy. Accessibility means more excellent choice from employment to education, what sporting activities you can offer yourself and your children through to restaurants and lifestyle decisions.

5. So childcare for the littlies.

What are the options? Less expense and just as many opportunities and possibilities as your city counterparts. From home-based childcare through to government childcare services, they are all available in regional areas like Geelong and Ballarat. 

6. What about the quality of the schools?

From Ballarat Grammar to Kardinia College, the choices are enormous.  The quality of the government schools to the range of regional Catholic colleges provides ample opportunity to find the school to suit your family.  All are achieving exceptional results for their students.   And the best part is they are all at your fingertips. No long commutes for the kids and another bonus is the lower school fees.

'find the right school to suit your family'

7. Can we all get around easily?

Regional areas all have excellent public transport networks both locally and regionally. Both Geelong and Ballarat regional rail offers commuters a reliable service. Work while you commute, listen to the latest inspirational podcast, whatever suits you. Knowing as you travel are not needing to deal with the traffic out on those freeways ever again. 

8. Think Planes Not Trains? 

Living on the Bellarine, you have access to Avalon airport within 20 minutes of Geelong CBD.  And roughly an hour away for both Ballarat and Geelong residents is Tullamarine International Airport. Holidaying or travelling for work could not be easier.

So, as you begin 2020, and set your goals for the year is it time to reflect on the opportunities out there in regional areas. Your new lifestyle is just a phone call away.

** My family relocated to Ballarat 17 years ago and it was the best decision for our family and our work.

Julie O'Donohue 

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