Slow uptake on relocation grants

FIGURES released by Upper Hunter George Souris show 10 local families have taken advantage of the State government’s regional relocation grants since the initiative was introduced in 2011.

Amendments to the grants took effect on January 1.

The $7000 grants are now open to long-term renters in the Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong metropolitan areas looking to families looking to buy a home in a regional area.

A new skilled regional relocation incentive was also introduced by the government at the start of the year.

Families who move to a regional area for full-time or permanent work can receive a grant worth up to $10,000.

Both grants are subject to a minimum relocation distance requirement of 100km and applicants can not apply for both grants.

The figures released by Mr Souris’ office show four families in Gloucester, two at Bowman Farm, two at Stroud and one each at Barrington and Waukivory have taken advantage of the regional relocation grant in the past three years.

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