Regional ‘returners’ number growing

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Regional ‘returners’ number growing

The tide of young country people flying the coop for the big smoke is turning, according to new research by the Regional Australia Institute. More Australians aged 25 to 44 years old are moving from cities to regional areas and ‘returners’ now make up a significant pattern in internal migration. According to the RAI research, between 2010 and 2011 over 135,000 Australians left a capital city to move interstate or into a regional area. Of those, 20,000 moved from Perth to regional WA.

A RAI report also released this week found the increasing value of lifestyle, proximity to friends and family, and access to schools, childcare and health services, was making regional areas an attractive alternative to capital cities.

Like many of her peers, 27-year-old Zoe Kent grew up in Margaret River and struck out for Perth after finishing high school to study tourism management at university.

“But I chucked it in because I hated the city lifestyle, I didn’t have my support networks up there and I missed home.â€_x009d_ she said.

Ms Kent returned to Margaret River and went into business with her mother.

“I’ve travelled Europe and been away, but this is home and I won’t be leaving again.â€_x009d_ she said.

“My friends and family are down here, I’ve got a business now and I love the lifestyle down here … even down to just little things like being able to bring my dog to work.â€_x009d_

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