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  • #257831
    JilstaJilsta
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    I am looking to relocate and not sure if we will stay in Victoria or move to another state. Would like some feedback of what ALS’s consider great small town communities. Have just embarked on a Permaculture course (online) and considering finding a more suitable environment but primarily looking for a great community I can embed myself in. Preference to have Health and other services of some description within 10 -20 minutes. Just havent been able to ‘gell’ with current community and environment, been here 3 years. Employment opportunities within 30-40 minutes would be ideal, but maybe not feasible, Happy to learn about all the wonderful communities out there

    Cheers

    Jill

    #533171
    janinecjaninec
    Member

    Hi Jill,

    My hubby and I are thinking of moving to Korrumburra, we like that it is close to Melbourne and has good amenities. A friend suggested that if you are considering moving to a community go to their local agricultural show or whatever event the town has every year. This way you get a good idea of the population, what the popular organisations are etc. good luck with your search.

    Janine

    #533172
    JilstaJilsta
    Participant

    Thanks Janine

    What a good idea- can check out their event pages and gives a good reason to go and visit.

    I know Korrumburra, have been through there recently, it seems to be a town on the move. Would like to move to Gippsland although perhaps a little further east than Korrumburra. (Further away from Melbourne for me) Husband is work is based in the east which is about 3-4 hours from where we are living at the moment, he only has to go there couple of times a month though but he is unsure he will be staying in the job.

    Thanks for the info- will try your suggestion

    Jill

    #533173
    janinecjaninec
    Member

    Good luck Jill, our eldest is already 18 with the young ones fast catching her, and having raised them here we don’t want to move out so far that it will be a pain to visit us. With one Mum three ours in one direction and the other three hours in the other direction we don’t see either of them as much as we’d like. Tarragon is a nice little town, so is Yarragon.

    Janine

    #533174
    JilstaJilsta
    Participant

    Heading to East Gippsland for the weekend to have a look around, have done the south and west of Gippsland. Like Yarragon just dont like where the town is situated on the main highway.

    Going to check out what employment opportunities are around in East Gippy

    Cheers

    Jill

    #533175
    busylizziebusylizzie
    Participant

    Do you mean Traralgon? I’d look at the smaller outlying communities around these larger towns, there are some nice ones out there. Im from down Leongatha way, the communities are great down this way, depending on what you want to be involved in, there are an abundance of club, groups ect out there. Im biased but South Gippy has good rainfall, great beaches and the scenery is beautiful. Close enough to Melbourne, even for work.

    #533176
    janinecjaninec
    Member

    Yes Traralgon! 😀

    #533177
    AshilleongAshilleong
    Member

    Is there any way you could stay/holiday for a week or so to get a feel for the place?

    #533178
    JilstaJilsta
    Participant

    Have stayed in a few areas in Gippsland including East & West and looked around the South, now waiting on decisions with hubbys work options before making a definite decision. If I had my way I would have been packed and long gone

    Jill

    #533179
    ruthyruthy
    Member

    We live in the Perth hills WA. It is beautiful with great local permaculture group and Freecycle etc. If go further out (or in which ever you view it!) past Childow (follow the Great Eastern) the property is much cheaper. I have also heard that in the South West WA there is a thriving permie community and land down that way also more affordable than Perth metro (which is very high).

    #533180
    BelBel
    Member

    My parents-in-law live at Meeniyan and were at Koonwarra before that. I believe they’re happy with the community, but the constant cold and wet is getting them down. The place is always waterlogged and their plants drown. Something to bear in mind re some of the Gippsland areas….

    #533181
    JilstaJilsta
    Participant

    Thanks for suggestions, back from Gippsland found some lovely places however dynamics have changed, hubbys job is changing and my eldest son had a bad car accident while I was away and is home for a while after a break up with the girlfriend. At the moment rain gauge reads about 70mls since the weekend- unusual for here however it would probably be twice that in Gippsland… very wet down there so it was good for me to take a tour in Winter to see how it really is. Search for new location on hold until things sorted with my son and my hubbys job…

    Thanks for all your suggestions, sometimes fate makes the decisions for us

    Jill

    #533182
    busylizziebusylizzie
    Participant

    Most people like some rain, especially in Victoria, just remember not to buy land thats flat and holds water and floods, simple. South Gippsland doesnt have a long growing season in Summer, but we have the rain to water our gardens, we dont have fruit fly as well.

    #533183
    JilstaJilsta
    Participant

    Wow can not believe i posted this 3 years ago. Have been working for 3 years and recently resigned as my goals and plans have been put on hold and want to get back to them. Still in the same town… still looking… still can’t find… but Gippsland is off the radar as needs are to be near family..Ballarat and Geelong

    #533184
    SnagsSnags
    Member

    We  drove around all over Tassie ,most of Victorian coast and then headed up the east coast looking at every little town  on the beach before we settled here….family wasnt a constraint they are all over the place but mainly Vic….there is a small permie presence …but I have gone a little hermit lately and quite enjoy my own company and the clear air to do stuff….we have down some long trips months at a time ..so its hard to stay connected…..Ive seen my close friends once in 6 months in town and my friends in Melb I see every few years…Different people have different needs…..I was happy with the climate the location and the view,the soil is crap and so are the local shops(who cater to tourists not locals),but its the best place Ive lived…..even though as I get older I start thinking I may need to get off the top off a steep hill in the middle of nowhere or get very very fit for an old person……Im imagining we will move in the next 5 to 10 years(before its too hard) but we will see what unfolds with the world and us and asses and adapt as needed….its going to have to be a pretty good place to replace this one….but needs change

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