Tradie speaks about his move from Sydney and finding work
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When Iain and his wife Michelle decided they wanted to move out of Sydney with their two young sons, the Mid-Western region was just one of their options. Orange, Bathurst and Port Macquarie were also on the list.
“We were looking at a four hour radius from Sydney because we’ve still got family there and in the Blue Mountains,” Iain said.
Iain grew up on the Northern Beaches but decided with his wife to make the move because they were so sick of traffic.
In August this year, Iain and Michelle went to the Country & Regional Living Expo at Rosehill Racecourse, where Mid-Western Regional Council had a stand.
“I hadn’t been before, but my brother-in-law told me about it this year,” Iain said.
A plumber by trade, Iain spoke to the Council team about work possibilities in the Region and entered a competition for a weekend trip, which he won! Iain passed his resume on to Council to see what his options could be in the area.
“The people I met at the Expo were friendly, and so was everyone else when we came to Mudgee to have a look for the weekend,” Iain said. The same weekend, Iain met with council staff to discuss job opportunities.
Within a month, Iain had had a formal interview, moved from Frenchs Forest and had started work for Mid-Western Regional Council, Water Supply & Waste Water.
“The lease was up on our place in Sydney, so we were moving either way. The timing just worked out that we could come straight here,” Iain said.
“It was very exciting and very scary, but we haven’t regretted it.” The Clays have only been in the region for six weeks, but have already had friends and family come to visit.
Iain says he’s doing the same kind of work as he was in Sydney, but has more options now. “I’m involved in anything to do with water; installations and service for new blocks as well as leaks and maintenance. I get to do more things and work towards more qualifications.”
The biggest different that Iain has noticed since the move is the increase in quality time he can now spend with his family. “My eldest boy just loves the parks.”
Iain says he’d tell people living in Sydney and thinking about making a move to “pack up and leave, straight away. It’s so much nicer, more relaxing, less stressful, and there’s no traffic.”