FORMER Sydneysider Angela Swann did not need a $7000 incentive to move her family of seven out of Sydney but is not sure she made the right move.
The NSW government is extending its regional relocation scheme to offer renters money to leave their homes in Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong.
Until now the $7000 payment under the Regional Relocation Grant has only been payable to city home owners moving to buy a house in a regional area.
Mrs Swann was not eligible for the $7000 relocation grant under the old scheme because she was a renter in Sydney.
She packed up her family 11 months ago and bought a house in South Terrace, Orange, so her children could ride bikes, climb trees and run in open spaces.
The $7000 offered to people who owned homes in Sydney to buy and relocate in Evocities like Orange did not make a lot of sense to Mrs Swann.
“People who own a house in Sydney probably have enough money to sell up and move to the country but renters don’t,” she said.
“I think the incentive will encourage a few more people to make the move.”
But for her the country dream might be over.
She said if she couldn’t find another job in the next two months she might have to return to Sydney.
She has a diploma and certificates in disability care.
“I would warn people to do the research because it can be difficult to get a job in a particular field if you’re only trained in one area and don’t have other skills,” she said.