De-Myth-Defying Rural Australia

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opcje binarne auto Emily Lee-Ack moved from metropolitan Melbourne to Victoria’s South-West in 2006. In this piece, she de-myth-defies some common assumptions city dwellers have in regard to our regional counterparts…. and discovers some good coffee along the way.

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I’m not sure who started this idea, but somewhere along the line, Slim Dusty got involved.    To the best of my knowledge, I don’t know anyone who wears a hat like Slim Dusty’s.   I know even fewer who wear Driza-Bones.   There are Goths, emos, hipters and fashion tragics here, and a thriving vintage closing scene just like anywhere else.  There is more “country style” clothing to be found in South Yarra than most regional centres.


Myth four: there is no cultural life in rural Australia

“There’s no theatre!  No art gallery!  What will you doooooooo?” True enough, there are often fewer large cultural institutions in small rural communities.  But what sprouts up in the absence of art galleries and the MTC are volunteer efforts to ensure that these things are brought to the community.  Film societies spring up to show French art house films.  Touring exhibitions bring shows to regional areas (and bring the visitors with them).


Myth five: you have to drive everywhere

Actually, that one’s kind of true.  If you live outside a major regional centre, chances are you’ll be in your car most days.  But the size of the trip can teach some important lessons in multi-tasking.  If things aren’t “just down the road” anymore, suddenly the weekly supermarket shop seems like a good idea.


Just because these myths are challenged does not mean that life in the country is idyllic, or without drawbacks.  Professional development for many industries still requires travel to Melbourne.

But there are some lovely moments, like the first morning I went out for a walk at 6:30 and a fellow walker met me on the footpath.  He smiled, said “hello” and kept walking.  I almost fell into the gutter.