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Tree change, not sea change
Released 29 October 2010

The lure of the coastal lifestyle is slowly shifting as Sydneysiders are advised to think about a move to regional centres in NSW.  

The EvoIndex survey launched in October by Evocities reveals that one in four Sydney residents would consider moving away from the state capital to make their home in towns such as Albury, Armidale, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Tamworth and Wagga Wagga.

Evocities spokesman and Tamworth Councillor James Treloar says that while Sydney remains one of the world’s great cities, “NSW also offers a number of fantastic lifestyle options in our first-class regional cities”.

The online survey of 1000 Sydneysiders found that 57 per cent of respondents would consider the move. Lifestyle, Sydney’s rising house prices and traffic concerns were key factors. 

The great divide

Almost 80 per cent of regional Evocity residents reported that they paid less than $300 per week in rent for their homes, compared with 58 per cent of Sydneysiders who forked out more than $300 per week.

Mortgage payments also showed a marked difference, with about 56 per cent of Sydney residents paying more than $1500 a month, compared to just 18 per cent of regional respondents.