Chair’s Op-ed: You are Invited

As we count down the days to a new financial year and start the inevitable scratching around for (many, many) tax receipts, I suspect many will be reaching the conclusion that the benefits of working from home have stretched well beyond a larger tax return.

The jury is in on the logistics. COVID-19 restrictions have proved that if your job is based in an office, you don’t need to be in the company office to do it.  Sure there may be some kinks in the system – but let’s face it those kinks were there before COVID, and will remain long after the pandemic subsides.

For those who have sat for hours on end, week after week, in a soul-crushing commute perhaps you are reaching a new conclusion – is a city postcode really the determinate of a prosperous life?

The idea of escaping the city lights for a sea or tree change is far from a new concept but has again been highlighted by the Regional Australia Institute’s recent report, The Big Movers.

This time the Regional Australia Institute has found there has been ‘secret exodus’ with many millennials packing their bags and departing Sydney and Melbourne in droves, long before COVID-19 hit our shores.

As Chair of Regional Capitals Australia, an organisation that represents regional cities from around the country, and a millennial sea changer myself, I am extending an invite.

Come and check us out, let us show you what ‘regional living’ has to offer.  You probably know about the relaxed lifestyle, 10-minute commute and a quarter-acre block that will mean you can still afford that an annual trip to ‘where you would rather be’.

Did you know that we also have award-winning art galleries, state of the art sporting facilities, world-class wineries, banging breweries, hatted restaurants and coffee so good you will think it was made by a Brunswick barista (without the attitude).

If you are up for real adventure, you could explore beyond the train line.  In smaller regional cities like Wagga Wagga, Shepparton, Alice Springs, Busselton or Rockhampton the commute is so short you will get to work or play in the same time it takes to move between a set of traffic lights in the city.  Who wouldn’t want to live like this?

They say that necessity is the mother of invention.  Now is the time to invent that new work-life balance and experience all the benefits that regional capital city living has to offer.  

Regional Capitals Australia Chair, Mayor Shane Van Styn, Mayor City of Greater Geraldton.


Molly Hurley, Regional Capitals Australia Secretariat
M: 0499 199 795


About Regional Capitals Australia

Regional Capitals Australia (RCA) is a national alliance of local government councils across the nation representing Australia’s regional cities. RCA’s mission is to provide a recognised platform to champion the strategic importance and sustainable development of regional capitals around the nation. To learn more about our work