Sur­pris­ing War­ralily ‘a good place to be’

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“OH, you’ll love it here” is the first line new Gee­long res­i­dent Ta­mara Dowl­ing hears when she re­veals she’s moved down from Mel­bourne.

Ms Dowl­ing and hus­band Andrew moved two years ago, build­ing a new home at the War­ralily estate at Arm­strong Creek in Gee­long’s south.

“We had looked around Mel­bourne and Gee­long was the most af­ford­able to get back into the mar­ket and build a house,” Ms Dowl­ing said.

“We wanted life­style as well. We had been to the coun­try; we wanted to go to the beach.”

Ms Dowl­ing said most of Mel­bourne’s growth ar­eas were “on the way to nowhere in par­tic­u­lar”, but the War­ralily devel­op­ment was 10 min­utes from the beach.

“We didn’t know much about Gee­long. What we did know was that it was in­dus­trial, but when we came down here and we saw how beau­ti­ful it was we were sold.

“Mov­ing down, we are re­ally sur­prised about the level of com­mu­nity and that it’s just a good place to be.”

Both have found work in their ca­reers. Ms Dowl­ing has started a new speech pathol­ogy prac­tice with most of her clients com­ing through the NDIS trial run­ning in Gee­long, while her hus­band is work­ing at the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion’s re­gional of­fice.

For her sons, Gee­long is like “the end of the earth”. “But they do love it that we’re close to the beaches and we’ve got a new home,” Ms Dowl­ing said.

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