In an attempt to prise city folk out of their homes and move to the regions, the NSW state government has extended its $7000 relocation grant to include those wanting to build a new home.
The relocation grant scheme was central to the Coalition’s pre-election commitment to create a “decade of decentralisation” in NSW but it had few takers with less than 50 applicants within three months of its start up in July 2011.
Now the acting Premier and the Minister for Services have announced plans to expand the relocation scheme from people buying an existing house to those wanting to build a new one.
The government will launch a publicity campaign to generate interest and raise awareness.
These actions will provide the extra incentives for people to make the sea or tree change. Building new homes in regional NSW will also provide opportunities for locals, creating jobs and growing the local economy.
If this program continues, and our area is included on the list of recommended towns, we may see a boost in the number of people wanting to move to the Far South Coast, and areas like Merimbula, Pambula, Eden, Bega and even Cooma.