In a change as surprising to me as anyone who knows me, I moved back to Ky at the end of 2014. 18 months earlier and pretty much on the spur of the moment, I bought an old red-brick house not far from where I first went to school. It was in poor shape, but with the help of a local builder and a raft of tradies, she’s all fixed up and very homely now.
Life here is quiet and unremarkable, much as you would expect for a small town in the heart of a fruit-growing, dairy district.
While it still seems like a crazy decision to move here, there are things I’m grateful for. There’s no energy of rushing or busyness to get drawn into. The environment is much quieter than the city. The air is clean and the sky is not crowded out by tall buildings. Everything in town is walking distance away. And it seems so much safer to be here in the middle of a pandemic (update 27 August: perhaps I spoke too soon!).
As it turns out, a 2020 study found Kyabram the most economically resilient regional town. While in 2019, it was reportedly the second-best place to retire in Victoria.