Move our way
Saturday, 25th June, 2011
A move to entice Sydney families to country NSW with an incentive payment of $7,000 has been well-received by civic leaders.
NSW Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner and Treasurer Mike Baird yesterday announced that the Regional Relocation Grants will be introduced on July 1.
It aims to encourage population and economic growth in regional NSW.
“Regional NSW is a great place to live, work and raise a family - these $7,000 grants will provide extra assistance to families planning a move out of Sydney,” Mr Stoner said.
“The message to people considering a move out of Sydney is clear - there is no better time to move to regional NSW.
“From our beautiful country air and stunning landscapes to strong communities and a more affordable lifestyle, regional NSW is a great place to live and raise a family.”
Mayor Wincen Cuy said the grant will give people more incentive to move to “our part of the world”.
He said with increased mining opportunities there was more opportunities for people coming to the city.
“It is nothing but a positive,” Mayor Cuy said.
He said there is no better place to live.
“We are living in an environment that is friendly and a safe place to bring up children,” he said.
“I encourage people that are sick of the rat race in capital cities to look at moving to a regional centre.”
Local State MP John Williams said the plan showed the Government was serious about bringing people to the Murray-Darling region.
“This is a practical plan that will help us persuade Sydney families to pack up and move out here. From living along the river to experiencing the lifestyle of rural NSW, the Murray-Darling is a great place to raise a family,” Mr Williams said.
“The Murray-Darling Electorate is currently experiencing a job boom with indications of several mining opportunities opening up and the end of the drought has again given farmers and graziers an encouraging future.”
Under legislation, passed this week, the one-off grants will be paid after the settlement of the purchase of a home, worth up to $600,000, in regional NSW and the sale of a home in metropolitan Sydney.
“We are living in an environment that is friendly and a safe place to bring up children, I encourage people that are sick of the rat race in capital cities to look at moving to a regional centre.”
- Mayor Wincen Cuy