Kyabram Free Press


- By Holly Tregenza

❝We have a vibrant town with great facilities, particular­ly for retirees❞

Kyabram Chamber of Commerce president Miles Gould

KYABRAM is the second best town in Victoria to retire, according to a new report.

Commission­ed by the Herald Sun, population, median house price, average temperatur­e, religious observance and the number of rainy days were some of the factors used to determine the best locations.

Kyabram Chamber of Commerce president Miles Gould said he wasn’t suprised by the town’s top spot.

‘‘We have a vibrant town with great facilities, particular­ly for retirees,’’ he said.

“We have a fantastic shopping centre, updated facilities for health, great sporting facilities with a rich history and such a great proximity to the major towns like Shepparton and Echuca. Melbourne is not too far either.

“We’re a town that gets involved, and I think that’s what makes this community really great.’’

Kyabram has a median house price of $261,000 and rains on average 65 days per year.

And while local farmers would like to see that rain figure increase, for retirees it gives them ideal living and leisure conditions.

Add high average temperatur­es and a population just under 7500, and you’ve got what the experts reckon is a great mix for retirement.

Kyabram was beaten only by Kerang, which boasts a median house price of $177,500 and has an average of 55 rainy days a year.

The report rated Tatura the third best location and Rochester the seventh. Other towns in the top 10 include Myrtleford, Horsham, Wangaratta, Swan Hill, Terang and Camperdown.

For those looking to find the right town to settle down in, there are some important stats to think about.

One is the rate of volunteeri­ng, which the experts consider to be an indicator of community spirit. Same goes with employment, with towns with unemployme­nt rates under six per cent considered generally happier.

Growth, population and average age are also important.

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