Government plumps for regional relocations

If ever there was a time to consider a tree or sea change it’s right now according to the Federal Government.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Nationals, Michael McCormack, said the Australian Government is working hard to make the regions even more attractive, for the long term.

“Quality of life in the regions keeps improving and with competitive costs of living from the modest commute to value-for-money real estate, Australians can make the move into a region of their choice with plenty of cash left over,” said McCormack.

“The key is jobs,” said. “We’re hearing a lot just now about contraction of business – but the reality is there are good jobs – great jobs – across regional Australia. Businesses are hiring today.”

McCormack said the Government is legislating to extend JobKeeper until March 2021, and that he’d lost count of the number of people who had said to him: “but for JobKeeper my business or my job would have been gone – forever”.

He said urgent Covid-related actions such as JobKeeper and the JobSeeker supplement aside, without doubt, the best form of welfare is a job.

“Look at the approach from TAFE NSW’s Kerry Penton, someone I’ve long known and respected: A wide range of occupations dominates job vacancies in the regions.

“And if Covid has shown us one thing, it’s that you don’t need to be staring at the brake lights in front of you for 90 minutes each way each day to earn a good income.”

The Government contends that better telecommunications, mobile black spots being fixed, sharply improved highways and a big aviation spend to keep our regional airlines flying mean access between regions and the big cities is becoming easier by the month.

The Regional Australia Institute’s website reportedly has a detailed map of where the jobs are, by job category, across 37 different regions, with its latest Quarterly Regional Jobs Update said to reference 40,000 jobs on offer.

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