Tasmanian Midlife

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A common question I get asked when I tell people that I’m moving interstate is “Why Tasmania? Don’t people usually move away from Tasmania and into Melbourne but not the other way round?” This may have been true in the past but I think Tasmania is going to be one of the fastest growing States over the next 20 years and these are my reasons why.

  • Mainland Australia is running out of water. Melbourne in particular has reached record lows and the government have been slow to react.
  • Infrastructure – as the population in the major cities swell, public transport, housing and employment take a battering. Is there enough accommodation to meet the needs of the increase in population? I doubt it unless you consider skyrocketing rentals and overcrowded public transport as the norm.
  • Cost of living – as the rent market soars, the drought hits harder, energy increases and water bills are quadrupled the cost of living is going to skyrocket
  • Getting your kids into schools. I don’t know about you but trying to get your child into a decent high school is like trying to win an academy award. Inner city schools have such strict boundaries for accepting students that its easier to get the kids into a television drama than it is to find them a place in year 7 to 12.
  • Employment – with the enconomic crisis hitting our shores you’ll see the job market shrink alongside the salaries

If that isn’t enough to scare you away from the mainland then take this into consideration.

  1. You can buy a decent property in Tasmania for the fraction of the cost on the mainland
  2. It is not running out of water and farm land is some of the best in the world (though central Tasmania is in drought) the North West has plenty of water
  3. Fresh food, fresh air and no crowds can make for a far more more pleasant pace of life
  4. Plenty of outdoor activities such as mountain bike riding, walking, swimming and fishing
  5. A friendly population that still believes in the idea of community
  6. Cheap airfares that can get you to the mainland when you need your fix of big cities
  7. Climate Change – current estimates show Tasmania will be the least affected

So this is why I’m leaving the mainland and trying the smaller island down South.  In my midlife I’m looking for something new. I’ve been a city girl all my life and the change to a small community in the North West of Tasmania will certainly have its adjustment period. But I’m willing to give it a go and try my hand at  Cultivator activities on my new 2 acre block.

Author: Sue Bell
Sue Bell is an entertainment writer and author of Backpacked: A mostly true story, Beat Street and When Dreamworks came to Stanley.

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