People on the move for greener pastures

FOR 18-year-old student Hugh McBean getting out and seeing some of the world is the main reason to leave home.

The year 12 Mercy Regional College student lives on a sheep and cropping farm near Lismore and he hoped to study a Bachelor of Science in Melbourne or Geelong.

He said he liked living on the farm and enjoyed the work but at some point he would like to “get out and see the world.”

Hugh wasn’t alone with other students Claire Johnstone, Zack Green, Charlie Finnerty and Lachie Davis looking to find to new challenges but not opposed to staying close to home.

On the other side of the coin, new Camperdown resident Sophia MacRae said moving to regional Victoria was one of the best decisions she ever made.

Ms MacRae is a graduate town planner at Corangamite Shire and she recently moved with her 11-year-old son. “I really feel like I’ve won the jackpot,” she said.

Ms MacRae grew up near a country town in New South Wales but has lived in mostly dense urban areas, including Adelaide and Barcelona.

She graduated as a town planner last year and when offered the job at Corangamite she accepted it and thought she’d stay for a small period of time.

But since her arrival her plans have changed. She has purchased a block of land and is preparing to build a house. “It’s so much cheaper to get a start here,” she said.

“My son can walk to school. The schools are really good.

“I’m confident in his education that he’ll have the same opportunities as anyone in the city.”

I really feel like I’ve won the jackpot.

Sophia MacRae
FUTURE PLANS: Mercy Regional College's Claire Johnstone, Charlie Finnerty, Zac Green, Lachie Davis and Hugh McBean represent a cohort of young people who are considering moving away. Picture: Supplied

FUTURE PLANS: Mercy Regional College's Claire Johnstone, Charlie Finnerty, Zac Green, Lachie Davis and Hugh McBean represent a cohort of young people who are considering moving away. Picture: Supplied