Shire in top two most pop­u­lar places to re­tire

Euroa Gazette - - NEWS -

IT is of­fi­cial – the Strath­bo­gie Shire is the sec­ond-most pop­u­lar re­tire­ment des­ti­na­tion in Vic­to­ria, ac­cord­ing to re­cent Cen­sus data.

Ac­cord­ing to the Aus­tralian Bureau of Statis­tics (ABS), Strath­bo­gie Shire is the sec­ond- most pop­u­lar re­tire­ment re­gion for peo­ple over 65 years old in Vic­to­ria (and 17th in Aus­tralia) shar­ing the spot with the Cen­tral Gold­fields and is sec­ond af­ter Queen­scliff (which is the most pop­u­lar in Aus­tralia as well as Vic­to­ria).

Cen­sus data (from 2016) shows Strath­bo­gie has 27.4 per cent of peo­ple over 65 with the over­all me­dian age of 52.

Strath­bo­gie was one of 50 Coun- cil ar­eas se­lected na­tion­ally with the high­est pro­por­tion of res­i­dents aged at least 65 years of age due to its house value growth per­for­mance - and not one of them was lo­cated within a cap­i­tal city.

The me­dian house price in the Strath­bo­gie Shire is $ 279,912, high­light­ing that re­lo­cat­ing to the Strath­bo­gie Shire upon re­tire­ment is an af­ford­able op­tion.

But what is it about the Strath­bo­gie Shire that is so ap­peal­ing to re­tirees?

“It’s not sur­pris­ing to us that a lot of peo­ple are choosing to re­lo­cate to our beau­ti­ful Strath­bo­gie Shire af­ter years liv­ing in big­ger re­gional ar­eas or ma­jor cap­i­tal cit- ies. We have friendly, wel­com­ing com­mu­ni­ties and won­der­ful nat­u­ral re­sources,” Strath­bo­gie Shire Mayor Amanda McClaren said.

“Strath­bo­gie Shire is also very wel­com­ing for our younger gen­er­a­tions and we en­cour­age First Home Buy­ers and busi­nesses to con­sider build­ing or buy­ing in the Shire. We are a won­der­fully pro­gres­sive Coun­cil work­ing with our com­mu­ni­ties to build flour­ish­ing places to live, work and play.

“There is state of the art health care in Euroa, Nagam­bie and Vi­o­let Town avail­able, as well as var­i­ous com­mu­nity groups to get in­volved in (there are too many to men­tion) as vol­un­teers like the Euroa Com­mu­nity Cin­ema, vis­i­tor in­for­ma­tion cen­tres or lo­cal emer­gency ser­vices.”

Among the dif­fer­ent town­ships’ iconic at­trac­tions, she said, in­clude the pic­turesque Lake Nagam­bie, Seven Creeks and Polly McQuinn’s, as well as the pop­u­lar Vi­o­let Town Mar­ket and row­ing re­gat­tas were just some of the con­stant re­minders of why the Strath­bo­gie Shire is a great place to re­tire.

“With the fresh air and wide open spa­ces, why wouldn’t you want to live amongst some of the most well-known and captivating at­trac­tions in Vic­to­ria, away from the hus­tle and bus­tle of city life?”

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