A FOCUS on practical information that people thinking of relocating from Melbourne to Portland need to know may well have given the south-west and Glenelg Shire an advantage over the other Victorian regions represented at the annual Regional Living Expo.
That’s the view of Committee For Portland’s Anita Rank, who has just returned home from Melbourne after spending last weekend talking up the shire to many hundreds of potential new residents.
“Our focus was very much on industrial and business opportunities here,” she said.
“Other shires tended towards a tourism emphasis, which we felt really wasn’t the point of an expo for people who want to know about jobs and schools.”
“This expo was about regional living and relocating.”
Not surprisingly, availability of work was a prime area of questioning directed at the six CFP and three shire staff, followed closely by the cost of housing, both buying and renting.
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