Families who chose to move from Newcastle to Singleton will now qualify for a one-off lump sum payment of $7000 under the regional relocation scheme.
Relocate To Singleton and you may be eligible for a $7000 grant from the State Government.
The scheme was introduced in 2011 to encourage city dwellers to relocate to regional areas but its poor uptake led to the state government relaxing many of the conditions.
Originally applicants had to purchase a property to qualify and this had to be 100kms from a metropolitan city, like Sydney, Newcastle or Wollongong.
In 2013 it was extended to those wishing to rent a regional property and now the government has reduced the relocation distance from 100kms to just 50kms.
Member for the Upper Hunter George Souris said the new distance criterion will bring Singleton and Broke into the range of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie.
“The traffic conga line up to coal mining jobs in the Shire might be a little less attractive with the incentive now reaching Singleton,” he said.
“Singleton has the benefit of being less than an hour to Newcastle and the beaches and is now a very attractive proposition.”
The relocation grants were specifically designed to relocate residents from a metro area to a regional area, he said.
Singleton Council general manager Lindy Hyam said the council welcomes the reduction in distance to qualify for the Regional Relocation Grants and believes it will provide more options for families wishing to relocate.
“Singleton has plenty to offer young families including sports facilities, parks and recreation areas, award-winning restaurants, world class museums, national parks and a wonderful seasonal program of community events,” she said.
“We have an abundance of residential land available and a competitive housing market that is much more accessible to young families than it once was and good rental opportunities. Being located just two hours from Sydney and a short drive from Newcastle, we are well-positioned for those who wish to continue working elsewhere while enjoying an affordable regional and rural lifestyle.”
The relocation program was an election promise designed to boost the population of regional towns, but has failed to meet a target of 40,000 families over four years.
More than $2.2 million remains unspent after 1166 grants were given to families moving from the city to the bush this financial year.
The Regional Relocation Home Buyers Grant provides a one-off payment of $7,000 to approved applicants to assist with the cost of relocating from a metropolitan area to a regional area.
The government also offers a similar grant for those who actually want to relocate to a regional are to work in a local business or start their own.
The Skilled Regional Relocation Incentive commences on 1 January 2014 and provides a $10,000 grant for an eligible employment or self-employment relocation.
The grant is paid in two equal instalments, with the second instalment being paid at least 12 months after the first.
Applications for this incentive cannot be made until at least 3 months after the applicant commences employment in a regional job or commences self-employment in a regional small business.
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