‘The bush’ has long been wo­ven into the fabric of Aus­tralia’s cul­tural iden­tity, but in the hus­tle and bus­tle of big city liv­ing, more and more Aus­tralians are los­ing sight of it.

While most of us live and work in the big city, re­tire­ment com­mu­ni­ties are in­creas­ingly look­ing to this vi­sion of the bush to help over 50s make a ‘treechange’ to a more re­laxed life.

Affin­ity Sheep Sta­tion Creek sales man­ager Melody Lu­cas said while the com­mu­nity might feel cut off from the big smoke, it was close to a ma­jor cen­tre: “Nes­tled amongst pris­tine na­ture re­serves and bush­land, as well as in­cred­i­bly pic­turesque Sheep Sta­tion Creek, it’s easy to for­get just how close the com­mu­nity is to Mo­ray­field shop­ping precinct, trans­port con­nec­tions and first-class med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties.”

New res­i­dents Mer­i­lyn and Mal­colm Chisholm have just moved from Bris­bane’s south­side, where they lived for al­most 30 years. Mrs Chisholm said they had en­joyed be­ing close to fam­ily, but de­cided they wanted to spend more time on their hob­bies, trav­el­ling and catch­ing up with friends, and Affin­ity Sheep Sta­tion Creek ticked all the boxes.

“We both spent our child­hood in coun­try Queens­land and met while at­tend­ing ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions in Bris­bane,” she said.

“Af­ter ed­u­cat­ing our chil­dren, we be­gan look­ing for a suit­able place to re­tire. As soon as we drove into Affin­ity Sheep Sta­tion Creek we felt at home. We are al­most com­pletely sur­rounded by bush, birds sing all day and kan­ga­roos come out to pick as the day cools.”

Mrs Chisholm said they loved be­ing back in the coun­try. “We have friends in the area and we’re al­ready catch­ing up with them, so the ad­just­ment has been easy in that re­spect,” she said.

Affin­ity Sheep Sta­tion Creek ticked all the boxes for Mal­colm and Mer­i­lyn Chisholm, who both spent their child­hood in coun­try Queens­land.

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