More NSW natives are choosing to move their families to sunny Queensland.
More NSW natives are choosing to move their families to sunny Queensland.

Refugees flee rust belt NSW for laid-back lifestyle in Qld

FOR all its natural beauty and well established economy, Australia's oldest state has become suddenly old fashioned, as Australians put a quality lifestyle more and more ahead of an affluent one.

And the people leaving New South Wales are, in many cases, heading our way for the same reason most of us choose to live here - 'cos they love it too.

A small minority of those fleeing rust bucket Sydney have headed for Melbourne, but the big regional popularity winners are the Wide Bay Burnett, from Gympie north to Bundaberg and, to Gympie's immediate south, the Sunshine Coast.

According to the latest Australian Local Government Association State of the Regions report, even the picturesque lifestyle regions of northern and southern coastal New South Wales lagged well behind their Queensland counterparts in attracting new population.

"The low rate of population growth in all New South Wales regions occasioned a great deal of comment.

"The sharpest comparison was with Queensland," the report says.

Compared to a national average population growth of 1.3%, not exceeded anywhere in New South Wales except Sydney Central (and then "not by much"), the report says it is noticeable that regions exceeding the average were only to be found in Queensland and Victoria (mostly Queensland).

And all Queensland regions were part of that popularity trend, each reporting population growth figures "at the national average rate or above".

Gympie Times


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