City dwellers are being lured by small town dreams. Can the regions cope?


There aren’t many of us who haven’t dreamed of packing it all up, moving to the country, and setting up the family with more space, friendly neighbours and lots of fresh air.

Now, thanks to flexible work arrangements, the pandemic’s made that dream a possibility for a lot more people. And the latest figures show many are making the move from capital cities around the country into the regions.

But, with so many newcomers heading into the regions, how do you make sure the very lifestyle people are moving for – quiet streets, affordable housing, quaint local businesses – isn’t stamped out by the sheer weight of numbers?


Nicole Gurran, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Sydney and Director of the Festival of ‘endangered’ Urbanism

Trevor Budge, Strategic Projects Officer at City of Greater Bendigo

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