Calling all returners
When Dorothy tapped her ruby slippers together in 1939 and whispered “there’s no place like home”, she may have really been onto something.
While many people from regional areas in their late teens and early twenties are drawn to the cities in search of work, education and travel opportunities, migrant patterns show that as they transition into their 30s and 40s, the need to find a place to set down their roots becomes increasingly important.
Factors of lifestyle, close proximity to family and friends, and access to housing, schools and health services make regional areas an attractive alternative to the capital cities, not to mention the emotional draw-card of familiarity, history and security.
Although the returners a powerful and extremely valuable trend for regional areas, we are yet to fully understand how regions can best meet the needs and desires of those looking to come back.
Are you a regional returner?
To help develop a better understanding of this phenomenon, the Regional Australia Institute is currently compiling a paper on the regional Returners, and if you are one, we want to speak to you. We’re interested in hearing the stories, good and bad, of people who have kicked their heels together and come back home.
For more information on this project, and how you can get involved, please contact the RAI’s Manager of Policy, Vanessa Barnett, on 02 6260 3733, or [email protected]