Huge exodus from Victoria as 30,000 residents FLEE the state with Dan Andrews’ government hellbent on using relentless lockdowns to contain Covid-19 outbreaks – leaving business destroyed in its wake
- Victorians are heading for the exits with tens of thousands fleeing the state
- Long-suffering residents have been through four State Three lockdowns
- Property Council Australia director said ‘Victoria is no longer the place to be’
Tens of thousands of Victorians are fleeing the coronavirus-impacted state in unprecedented numbers as it struggles under relentlessly looming lockdowns.
Residents are fleeing the coronavirus-impacted state in droves with four lockdowns, ongoing uncertainty and unfavorable business conditions sending thousands packing.
New data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed that 30,700 Victorians have packed up and left since March last year – when the state was ordered into its first of four lockdowns.
Property Council of Australia executive director Danni Hunter said the figures are ‘very alarming’, with the Daniel Andrews government seeming hellbent on using lockdowns to contain the virus’ spread.
Victorians, who once boasted their state was the culture capital of Australia and the sporting heartbeat of the nation, are now headed for the exits. Pictured: Pedestrians in Melbourne
Residents are fleeing the coronavirus-impacted state in droves with unrelenting lockdowns, ongoing uncertainty and unfavorable business conditions sending tens of thousands packing. Pictured: Cars sit in line behind a police checkpoint on July 8 on the NSW-Victoria border
‘Victorians are on the move and Victoria is no longer the place to be,’ she told news.com.
‘We’ve seen it across our state with the devastating impact to business, families, jobs and our CBD and Victorians are voting with their feet.’
Just four years ago, when the state’s economy recorded a 3.8 per cent increase in the financial year to 2017, Victoria’s population surged by 140,000.
In 2019, the state welcomed 121,500 new faces, but in 2020, during the height of the Covid pandemic, the population only increased by about 700.
Ms Hunter said Victoria’s economic expansion has been underwritten by it’s rising population.
But with the number of new residents now plummeting it’s likely to have a significant impact on Victoria’s economic recovery in the wake of the Covid crisis.
New data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed that 30,700 Victorians have packed up and left since March last year – when the state was ordered into it’s first of four lockdowns. Pictured: Lockdown protestors in Melborne
With the number of new residents now plummeting it’s likely to have a significant impact on Victoria’s economic recovery in the wake of the Covid crisis. Pictured: A worker at a Melbourne CBD cafe
‘The last time Victorians left in large numbers, the Victorian economy went into recession in the early 1990s. Population growth equals economic growth and greater prosperity for all Victorians,’ Ms Hunter said.
Figures last week from job website Seek found that Melburnians topped the list when it came to interstate applicants for Sydney jobs.
Jobseekers in the Victorian capital also made up nearly one in ten applicants applying for positions in listed in Adelaide.
Interstate removal service Muval recorded a 50 per cent rise in the number of Victorians searching how to ‘move away from Melbourne’.
It’s been a brutal year for Victorians with the coronavirus pandemic sending the state into Stage Three stay-at-home order on four occasions, including a relentless 112-consecutive-day lockdown from June to October.
Passengers from Melbourne arrive at the baggage reclaim hall at Sydney Airport – with many fleeing the city
The impact of Covid has meant Victoria’s world-renown cafes and restaurants were largely decimated by the draconian restrictions
The virus has claimed the lives of 820 people in Victoria – far more than any other state in Australia.
The impact meant Victoria’s world-renown cafes and restaurants were largely decimated by the draconian restrictions, along with the state’s events industry and retail sector.
Former Melbourne resident Vienna Magan, 30, who recently moved to Queensland with her two children to find work as a nurse told the Herald Sun the restrictions eventually became too much.
‘We are sick of lockdown and the uncertainty,’ Ms Magan said.
‘As a family it would be nice to localise ourselves for school and work.
‘Here, I can develop my clinical skills within the hospital environment with better pay.’