Alison and Stewart Broughton, with their four children Chloe, age 4, Lily, age 3 and twins Oliver and Sophie, age 18 months relocated to Orange in January 2009. Alison a teacher and Stewart a chef have both got new jobs in Orange.
Alison transferred with the Department of Education and Training from Auburn West Public School where she was a Support Teacher Learning Assistant to become a classroom teacher of Years 2 & 3 at Bowen Public School, Orange. Stewart is working as a chef in a local boutique restaurant.
Because of Stewart’s occupation, Orange was their city of choice because of the burgeoning food and wine industry. They had been considering making the move for over a year, but as soon as Stewart got a job, the move was made within the month.
After selling their house in West Ryde, they purchased a large family home (the size of which was out of the question in Sydney). Although chefs do not attract the level of salary here in Orange as they do in Sydney, the cost of living is lower in Orange and so everything has balanced out financially.
Alison, from a country town originally was happy to be coming back to her roots, but Stewart, a South African Brit, was a little unsure as he had only ever worked in the restaurant industry in major cities around the world. They are both so happy they made the move. We have more opportunities and everything is more affordable. We enjoy a slower, more relaxed lifestyle. Stewart is now working manageable hours as a chef and we get to experience more family time” Alison said.
“We have met some great people, the city is clean and tidy, we have every convenience that we had in Sydney with good restaurants and great wines, great parks and activities for the kids – we’ll be here indefinitely.”