The allure of a more affordable life in regional towns has led to a significant migration trend, as both millennials and migrants opt to leave the bustling city in search of new opportunities.
Recent census data spanning the period from 2016 to 2021 shows that over 169,000 individuals made the transition from Melbourne to regional towns across Australia, with more than 117,000 choosing to establish themselves in various parts of Victoria, reports the Herald Sun.
Notably, this exodus from Melbourne was most pronounced among Millennials and individuals born overseas, with both demographic groups experiencing a surge in departures from the city.
Data compiled by the Regional Australia Institute (RAI) has pinpointed the most coveted destinations for those embarking on a “sea change” or “tree change” to be Geelong, Ballarat, and Bendigo, with Geelong standing out as the top choice, attracting an impressive 41,583 newcomers.
Leaving the urban sprawl
According to Liz Ritchie, the CEO of RAI, the allure of regional living can be attributed to several factors that entice individuals away from the urban sprawl. She noted, “Their desire to live in regional Australia can be partly attributed to the strong job market in rural areas, as well as the enviable lifestyle benefits, such as a reduced cost of living and more living space.”
Ritchie added, “Millennials and the overseas-born population bring with them high levels of skill and education. Contrary to previous notions, we can debunk the myth that young people from regional areas migrate to the city for further education and employment opportunities and never return.”
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YouTuber Trevor Jacob behind bars for plane crash stunt
YouTuber Trevor Jacob has been sentenced to jail after orchestrating a dangerous stunt involving a plane crash in a reckless bid for views.
The shocking incident unfolded as Jacob attempted to push the boundaries of extreme content creation on his YouTube channel.
In a bid to capture the attention of his audience, Jacob embarked on a perilous mission, piloting a small plane before deliberately crashing it. The stunt, which was filmed and uploaded to his channel, garnered immediate backlash from viewers, many of whom decried the reckless behavior as dangerous and irresponsible.
Authorities swiftly intervened, launching an investigation into Jacob’s actions. Following the investigation, he was arrested and subsequently sentenced to a prison term.
The incident has raised important questions about the ethics of content creation, the pursuit of internet fame, and the potential legal consequences for those who prioritize views over safety.
Russian women want their men back from Ukraine
In a heartfelt plea, Russian women have taken to the streets demanding the safe return of their loved ones from the Ukrainian front.
The conflict in Ukraine has stretched on for years, and the toll on families has been immense. Mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters are uniting to call for an end to the fighting and the return of their men.
The women, often referred to as the “mothers of the front,” are growing increasingly frustrated with the ongoing conflict. They argue that their husbands, sons, and brothers have been away for far too long, and the human cost of the war is simply too high.
With no clear resolution in sight, their calls for peace and reconciliation are becoming more urgent.
This grassroots movement has sparked a national conversation in Russia, with many questioning the government’s handling of the conflict.
While the official stance has been to support the separatist forces in Ukraine, these women are highlighting the personal tragedies and broken families left in the wake of the war. Their determination to bring their loved ones home is palpable.
The situation raises important questions about the impact of long-term conflicts on families, the role of women in peace movements, the government’s response to public sentiment, and the prospects for a peaceful resolution in the ongoing Ukraine conflict.
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