Having chosen Camperdown to enjoy their retirement, Terry and Ruth Brain have become so involved in the community they haven’t even had time to join the golf club.
They have lived in the town for two-and-a-half years after moving from Northcote, in Melbourne’s inner-north.
“It’s a good little place to make a new start,” Mrs Brain said.
The couple worked and raised their family in Melbourne where Mr Brain was in corporate information technology and Mrs Brain was a teacher.
A former local, Mrs Brain was born in Terang and her family remained in the Corangamite area after she had left, making it an easy choice to return to the district when the couple retired.
“We were always going to move out of Melbourne when we chose to retire,” Mr Brain said.
Camperdown has proved to be a great place for them to live.
“It has good train services, a good hospital and good aged care,” Mrs Brain said.
“It’s easy living in Camperdown with easy access to Melbourne. We don’t miss out on anything.
“The services are all we need.”
They have become heavily involved with the community through Advance Camperdown and the Camperdown Courthouse Information and Arts Centre.
“The community here is a good, welcoming community and there is an increasing number of people here,” Mrs Brain said.
“We could name a number of couples that have moved from Geelong or Melbourne in the same period of time that we have been here and they have all got on board with the community.”
Mr Brain is the secretary of Advance Camperdown and Mrs Brain organises the volunteer rosters for the courthouse.
“There were a lot of locals already involved and we thought it was a great cause and something that we could help with,” Mr Brain said.
Advance Camperdown is a co-ordinating body which promotes the growth of business, tourism and community facilities within the region.
It fosters community pride and encourages positive promotion of the district while providing a unified and powerful voice for the area.
The Brains have built a new home in Camperdown and intend to live in the town forever.