Cheaper Coffs living to lure people north
COFFS Harbour could soon be inundated with Sydneysiders, after jobs and cheap housing were showcased at a weekend expo to lure city dwellers to make the switch to regional areas.
The Country Week Expo at Rosehill over the weekend featured stalls from more than 60 local councils and regional organisations, with a theme of 'Live and Work in Regional NSW'.
More than 700 jobs in regional areas were on offer, including one for a boilermaker position in the Coffs Harbour region. Regional Development Minister Tony Kelly said a key message of the expo was that there is 'a better life out there in country NSW'.
“I know many families, particularly in western Sydney, are facing mortgage stress, high rent and long journeys to work,” Mr Kelly said.
Housing was also a feature of Country Week, with a real estate survey claiming that renting a four bedroom home in country NSW was up to $7500 cheaper than in Sydney. Mr Kelly said the average home on acreage in regional NSW was $310,000, compared to $435,000 for a small block on Sydney's outskirts.