Surprising Warralily ‘a good place to be’
“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.