As people from big cities move to regional Australia the benefits for local business and the economy are immense, but will Goulburn retain it's laid back country lifestyle?
ThePost spoke to two Goulburn entrepreneurs to get their view on the influx of city folk to the area.
Headlines Hair and Beauty Salon owner Matt Wheeldon said he was "really pumped" about the opportunities that would be brought to Goulburn.
"There is a whole new community who want to live here," he said.
"Over this period we are going to flourish."
He said the "strong country lifestyle" and affordability was a draw card for people moving to regional areas.
"Financially it makes so much sense to move here," he said.
"We can offer so much more when it comes to affordability."
For the father of two the proximity to Sydney, Canberra and the coast as well as the "high standard" of schools make Goulburn "a fantastic place to raise a family".
Goulburn builder Lewis Reardon welcomed people looking for a tree change, but wanted to retain the "country atmosphere".
"People in country towns are more laid back and will take time out of their day for a chat," he said.
"I think it's a positive change as long as they adapt. In a tight knit community like this everyone knows everyone and it's important we all look after each other.
"It's nice living somewhere you don't have to spend time in traffic and be rushing everywhere."
The builder was positive about the "influx of money from bigger cities" and the benefit to the local economy.
However, he stressed the need for people to continue to support local business.
"People need to keep supporting small businesses and retail shops, otherwise we won't have much to offer. That would be a real shame," Mr Reardon said.
"Everyone needs to continue to support all cafes and shops to keep them alive.
"I think Goulburn is about to have a big gain with the new Goulburn Motor Cycle Club track. I know this will bring business to the town and benefit hotels, food and retail stores. It will also help put Goulburn on the map as a great place to live."
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