They don’t wear a cape, there’s no evidence to suggest that superheroes reside there, but ‘SuperTowns’ are the unsung heroes of Australia’s economy.
What’s a super-town?
A SuperTown is “a selected community that has been chosen to play a critical role in absorbing some of the state’s predicted population growth.”
With the aim of creating well connected regional communities, with lifestyle options and access to services – SuperTowns will have affordable, quality housing and a growing and diverse range of job opportunities.
In NSW the scheme is so encouraged by the NSW state government that NSW Premier Mike Baird is offering one off payments of $7,000 to people wanting to relocate from a metropolitan home to a regional home, under the Regional Relocation (Home Buyers Grant) Act 2011.
The SuperTowns scheme started in Western Australian in 2011.
In 2011, the WA Government announced that Katanning, Collie, Esperance, Northam, Jurien Bay, Morawa, Boddington, Manjimup and Margaret River would share in over $85 million in Royalties for Regions funding to stimulate growth.
South Australia is yet to embrace the initiative, however has launched the lifestyleregion.com.au website which offers information on different South Australian regional areas and job opportunities.