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South Gippsland wows tree changers

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council staff sold the region to Melburnians at the Victorian Regional Living Expo recently.

They urged suburbanites to consider living, working and investing in South Gippsland.

Council’s business liaison officer Renae Littlejohn was buoyed by the interest in the region at the annual event in Melbourne.

“South Gippsland just ticks all the boxes,” she said.

“We have proximity to city markets and social activities, yet we can live in this beautiful productive environment that boasts strong safe inclusive communities perfect for raising a family or simply enjoying a more leisurely lifestyle.

“We have the business networks to support newcomers, much improved technologies as the NBN is rolled out, natural gas and a wide array of primary produce that begs for value adding businesses to capitalise on.

“Good education and childcare infrastructure, medical facilities and the opportunity for families to absorb into a friendly country community are highly conducive for those already contemplating a move.”

Council was represented in two forums. The first was an integrated Gippsland stand that combined the strengths of all six Gippsland councils, with a chef showcasing the region’s produce.

The second was a dedicated stand where staff from council’s economic development, tourism, planning and community strengthening teams responded to enquiries regarding employment, education, business, industry, health services, land and housing affordability and retail choices.

“The real work begins now,” Ms Littlejohn said.

“Naturally we collated data profiles of enquirers and we will follow up in the next few weeks to ascertain the true levels of interest. We will then run a familiarisation bus tour for the more committed, escorting them around the shire to get a sense of place.

“It’s an excellent event hosted by the State Government that may help motivate people into a life changing decision. Especially, for those who dream of a better way of living and working, and we’re just the folk to help them make it happen, with lots of relevant support.”

 

Opening eyes: South Gippsland Shire Council’s team at the South Gippsland stand, from left, Danielle Todaro, Cr Mohya Davies, Anna Anthony, Ken Fraser and Renae Littlejohn.

Opening eyes: South Gippsland Shire Council’s team at the South Gippsland stand, from left, Danielle Todaro, Cr Mohya Davies, Anna Anthony, Ken Fraser and Renae Littlejohn.

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