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‘Upgrade’ not a ‘risk’: Migrant family find success in the bush

Only around three per cent of new migrants make their homes in regional areas of Australia.

But Nigerian graphic designer Ola Tawose and his family have ditched the big city for the bush and they wouldn’t have it any other way.

Ola and his family moved down under late last year and originally set themselves up in Sydney’s west.

But their hearts yearned for open spaces and they decided to move to the regional town of Orange in central western New South Wales.

“You’ve got the trees, the bush, the playground. You can actually meet your neighbours,” Ola says.

“I wanted a simpler life.”

The Nigerian national says his wife was skeptical of the move at first but they’ve fallen in love with the small town.

“From the day she got into Orange, she didn’t want to leave. We love it here.”

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Chris says Ola’s story is an example of how we can battle congestion in our major cities and boost the economies of rural and regional towns.

“It’s a wonderful good news story and it’s a template for what we do in this country.”

Ola says new migrant families shouldn’t view moving to the bush as a “risk” but as an “upgrade”.