Regional case studies highlight opportunities

30 July 2015

Stockton, NSW

A new campaign details the benefits of relocating from Sydney to regional NSW. It includes a package of written and video case studies profiling former city-dwellers who have chosen to relocate their careers or businesses for a future in Regional NSW.

Why Regional NSW?

Home to about 2.9 million people, representing 41% of the NSW population and contributing around a third, or $138 billion to Gross State Product, Regional NSW is the largest and most diverse regional economy in Australia.

It also offers a wide range of opportunities for people thinking of investing, moving a business or starting a new enterprise. More people are looking to get a better deal on housing, reduce their commuting time and spend more quality time with the family.

Case studies

Read the success stories below of nine highly skilled, successful individuals and business owners who have made the move to Regional NSW.

  1. Zafar Rahim

    High speed business in Armidale

    Zafar's specialised systems engineering firm, Rahim Engineering Consultancy, has gone from strength to strength since he relocated himself and his family from Sydney to Armidale.

  2. When Susan Sohn relocated with her husband Philip and three children to Avoca Beach in 2013, she knew they'd found the perfect place to raise their family.

    Pursuing passions and profits in Avoca Beach

    When Susan Sohn relocated with her husband Philip and three children to Avoca Beach in 2013, she knew they'd found the perfect place to raise their family.

  3. Peter Ballard teaches boxing in his spare time.

    Advancing careers in Broken Hill

    Relocating to Broken Hill in regional NSW has meant that Nursing Unit Manager Peter Ballard has been able to fast track his career, and spend quality time with his wife Jacqueline.

  4. For what we would've paid for a studio apartment in Sydney... we were able to buy an established homestead on 200 acres.

    Sustainable business growth in Cedar Creek

    With their first child on the way, Jeremy and his wife Amber started looking for property outside of Sydney – a few months later, at Cedar Creek in the Hunter Region, they found their dream home.

  5. Justin and Samantha Clarke, relocated their business from Sydney to Coffs Harbour in 2014.

    A strong future focus in Coffs Harbour

    Founders of digital start up Social Ally, Justin and Samantha Clarke, relocated their business from Sydney to Coffs Harbour in 2014.

  6. Alex Ridley re-established her business in Goulburn.

    Untapping a ready market in Goulburn

    Alex's friends were initially shocked to see her leave Canberra, the city she and her husband grew up in and loved, but a year on, Alex and her family know they've hit the jackpot with their move to Goulburn.

  7. Daniel Masters relocated to Orange without sacrificing a career.

    Opportunities meet lifestyle in Orange

    Relocating to Orange after growing tired of the daily grind of Sydney living, Daniel Masters and his wife Elise quickly discovered that they could live the lifestyle they wanted, without sacrificing their career opportunities.

  8. In Temora, Luis and Susy Bethancourt found a welcoming community, supportive local businesses and were ready to try something new.

    A slice of Spain in Temora

    In Temora Luis and Susy Bethencourt found a welcoming community, supportive local businesses and were ready to try something new.

  9. Phil O'Shea established his online business in Wollongong

    A crafty coastal move to Wollongong

    Relocating to Wollongong has allowed entrepreneur Phil O'Shea to start his own business, cut his commute time and live a healthier lifestyle.