Is Mogo/Batemans Bay a great place to live, work and bring up a family?

Is it easy to find work and make new friends?
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AnnaO 2yrs+
Batemans Bay is a lovely place to bring up a family, however the job variety is not fantastic and opportunities for your kids future not so crash hot either as it is a small coastal area where they may have to move away like most other teenagers when they hit uni, we are looking at leaving the area for these reasons.
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KylieM5
KylieM5 Where did you end up going?
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AnnaO
AnnaO We moved to Canberra and love it! we miss the beach but go down that way regularly to visit family and go for swims
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PaulN3
PaulN3 Alas the area is bad for doorknockers, particularly the religious kind.
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Riddle 2yrs+
If you do not mind the massive flock of tourists during the school holidays - yes it is. Mogo however, in my opinion, is not a suitable place to raise children for the simple reason that the town is mostly comprised of pothead environmentalists. Not exactly the best type of people to have kids around unless you too are a greenie yourself.
Batemans Bay is great though. Just keep in mind that there ARE snobs/jerks in every coastal town as big as the bay.
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martyb4 Nov 28, 2019
Think very carefully before relocating to a place like BBay. 'If you have skills. you will find a job'. Nonsense. Area has very high unemployment. Every second retail store has a for lease sign, and more a closing doors every week. Any work is casual/seasonal/ part time. Economically the area is in decline, and no new big investments for years. The new bridge promised big jobs: rubbish. Contractors brought in crews from Sydney and Canberra.
Housing is not affordable. Rents are skyrocketing, and huge competition for finding a decent place to rent. Buying a place anywhere south of Batehaven is getting upwards of a million or more.
It's actually cheaper to rent in outer Sydney than down here. Don't take my word for it. Compare a 3-4 br house in Malua Bay and outer sydney.

I have a young son starting high school. Choices are very limited, if any choice at all. Went to orientation night last week at local state high....the Head master said we're encouraging our students to do barista and food prep so when they leave here they can work making coffee and waiting tables as this is a coastal area.
Wow! that's ambition.
Health; no bulk billing GPs, period. and don't ask them. Only fee free option is the A + E at BBay hospital. Good luck with that.

I just laugh when i read comments about children having the great lifestyle down here. Not much of one when there's few job prospects, and one of the highest youth unemployment rates in the country. A beach is a beach.. And travel's only an hour or two.

If you have no social ties in the area. it's very hard breaking in. True locals are suspicious of outsiders. And then you've got the millionaires and their new range rovers
out beyond Batehaven down to Rosedale and Guerilla Bay. They're tight and mostly ex-Canberra/Sydney/Melbourne.

So we're out of here next year. back to Sydney and civilzation.
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rachm1
rachm1 Rubbish, I commented 2 years ago as Rachm1, and we are still here in Malua Bay. We have a fantastic lifestyle and my husband and I have great jobs. Our three kids are thriving, with two in the local Catholic high school and one in primary. My parents now live here too. We will never relocate back to Sydney. It is a horrible place to visit, living there is hell, traffic wherever you go at all hours of the day. We have many friends in Batemans Bay who have come from Sydney, Canberra and other regional areas. Life is what you make it. We have skills, our 16 year old works as do most of her friends. Malua Bay is growing and our home has gone up 75% in value. Shops may be suffering but you can thank online shopping for that.
You go and enjoy the slums of western Sydney! Well keep living the good life in beautiful Batemans Bay!
Nov 28, 2019
PaulN3
PaulN3 BB is like, I would imagine, many small coastal towns, essentially a retirement haven not a thriving commercial hub. People tend to bring their money here rather than make it here. Good luck in the Crime Capital of Australia (or is that Melbourne?)
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rachm1 2yrs+
Moved here from Sydney 4 years ago. If you have skills you will find a job. Just be prepared to give it time for the right opportunity. Homes are affordable and everywhere is close to the beach. Malua Bay, Lilli Pilli, Broulee, all great locations. Nothing wrong with kids moving away to gain further education and independence. We will never return to a big city and our 3 children,have a great lifestyle here.
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PaulN3 2yrs+
I don't have kids but BB is a very safe place. Doesn't take long for Police to identify the ratbags.
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