As the National Broadband Network (NBN) is rolled out across Australia, it’s time to forget the tree change and embrace an e-change to the Evocities including Armidale, the first Australian City to be fully connected to the NBN.
The recently released Super Connected Lifestyle Locations Report commissioned by NBN Co and prepared by demographer Bernard Salt has found there will soon be a rise in the lifestyle town.
The lifestyle town will offer affordable properties with scenic views or additional space and be within a commutable distance of a capital City.
The rise of the lifestyle town will soon see many Australians ditching life in a metropolitan City for a regional centre where they will maintain their job by telecommuting.
It was family that brought IT freelancers Lynette and Stephen Aspey to Armidale, but it was the National Broadband Network that saw them establish and launch Image Haven Pty Ltd, a dedicated IT solutions business.
“Due to the presence of the NBN and the amazing concentration of businesses in the New England region, we were able to successfully transplant our business, maintaining existing contracts with overseas clients and generating new ones in the region,” Ms Aspey said.
“We run our business from a home office and the NBN enables us to support our international clientele on a seamless basis. The only interruption to conference calls is our noisy rooster.”
Ms Aspey said Armidale was incredibly well-positioned as a regional hub for technology services and innovation.
“In our experience, those people who are considering a relocation to Armidale are already half convinced because once known, the benefits of the region in terms of opportunity and quality of life, not to mention comparative real estate value, are very obvious,” Ms Aspey said.
The NBN is changing the way Australians do business. Access to fast broadband in regional areas means business owners can be based regionally enjoying lower overheads and all the fantastic lifestyle benefits on offer, while still being able to market and operate their business globally.
Each of the seven Evocities is well-serviced by air, road and rail links. There are over 700 flights per week connecting the Evocities to the three east-coast capitals, which means relocators can easily and quickly get back to Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney for business meetings.
Find out more about making the move to an Evocity and discover the lifestyle and career opportunities on offer.