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What’s the difference between real estate in a regional c... Houses in a suburban setting, located within a country town’s built-up area, usually offer similar modern conve...
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What will the kids do in the country?

Pretty much all the same things they do in the city, except, you’ll find more time to help them do those things. Governments around Australia are putting money into regional areas so they can thrive and lure people away from our overly congested cities. If you do need to drive your kids to activities, it’s most likely going to take you far less time than it used to in the city and you’ll probably enjoy the drive much more. Alternatively, you might feel far more comfortable with letting your kids ride their bikes to their favourite activities!

What are some benefits for kids in the country?

The first and most important benefit is that happier parents make for happier kids. Kids tends to love the outdoors and in the country they can…
  • Absorb the spirit of living in a small community
  • Share experiences and found life-long friendships
  • Breath clean, fresh air and avoid pollution related health problems
  • Get fitter and healthier by getting involved in more outdoor activities
  • Learn different values, less related to stress and rushing around

Can I get a regional relocation grant from the government?

Some state governments offer incentives to help cover the costs of moving to the country. In New South Wales, eligible applicants can secure a $7,000 grant when they buy a regional home before June 30th 2015. For more information, visit the Office of State Revenue NSW website.

I want a solar powered home in the country. What do I need to know?

Solar powered homes can be just as normal as any other. Grants are available to help offset the cost of installation but batteries and inverters are where the real costs lie. Obviously, most power consumption tends to be in the evenings, when your system isn’t producing power. This is why a home’s power storage capacity is so important.

Battery technology is rapidly improving but replacement tends to be necessary every 10 years or so. If you want to truly be off the grid, you’ll certainly need a back-up generator. This will support you during bad weather events or when technical issues disrupt your power supply.

Solar technicians are far from plentiful in regional areas and demand for their services is strong. You can therefore find that if your system breaks down, you may be without power for lengthy periods while you wait for parts or a technician.

How available are health professionals in the country?

Not all country towns have hospitals or doctors but regional centres almost universally do. Remote locations will entail longer travel times to health services so plan adequately to ensure your chosen location meets your health needs.
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