CHANGE OF PACE: Twins Thomas and Alex Day and sister, Sophie enjoy living and working in Stanthorpe. INSET: Jon and Julie Day.
CHANGE OF PACE: Twins Thomas and Alex Day and sister, Sophie enjoy living and working in Stanthorpe. INSET: Jon and Julie Day. Contributed

Little town, happy life

WHEN you're a teenager and your parents tell you they want to go and live in the country, you might not be too happy.

But that wasn't how it worked out for the Day family when they moved to Stanthorpe from Brisbane three years ago.

"We really like it,” Julie Day said. "We're all happy here.

"We don't miss anything.”

The Days knew the area, as they had spent weekends in the Granite Belt previously, but when the chance to buy the Border Refrigeration and Air Conditioning business became available, it was time to take the plunge.

"We had doubts about whether we were taking a risk,” she said.

"But we knew we wanted to do it.

"We knew it was the right thing for all of us.”

As a refrigeration mechanic and with twin sons, Alex and Thomas working as his apprentices, Jon was keen to get more variety in his work.

"There's a lot of old-school refrigeration here,” he said.

"In Brisbane, it's just putting in air-conditioners.”

The whole family is now involved in the business with daughter Sophie, 17, also working on site.

And while Julie admits, that her youngest 'might move away', they're all happy in Stanthorpe for now.

"The town has been really good to us,” she said.

Julie's elderly mother has also moved to Stanthorpe and she is also content to be here.

The family's experience fits in with a report published last week by the Regional Australia Institute (RAI) that recommended promoting the opportunities of living in regional Australia.

In addition to alleviating the growth of huge capital cities, the report said people benefited financially from moving to the regions.

They also had improved quality of life through time saved commuting.

"It's so much more peaceful,” Julie said.

"There's no hustle and bustle.

"You can still shoot through to Brisbane, you can have all that and then leave it behind.”

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