Which is where I live.
It's a pretty part of the world
The air is clean
Pokies (slot machines)
Cost of living (wages vs. expenses)
Ok, well that didn't go as well as I planned. I thought my Pros list would be longer. I knew the Cons list would be longer, but I truly thought the other list would be bigger.
Oh well. To give a more in-depth look at each one;
Pros; this IS a pretty part of the world. Our coastline is some of the most glorious in the world, I am left breathless every Tuesday on the bus to Uni, I know what is waiting around the next corner, and yet, every time, it takes my breath away with it's beauty.
Our air is clean. So is our water. Best in the world - in fact, we export our water to the US and Japan.
Cons; I'm going to lump a few of these in together, as they are inter-related, and I have bleated about them elsewhere.
Drugs, alcohol and violence - the mainstays of the town in which I live. Lonely planet labels the denizens rednecks, the politicians jump up and down and holler, sprouting statistics that show our streets are safe (Bwahahahahah), and a week later, a YouTube video of a street brawl surfaces, and a tourist is gang-bashed walking home from a night out. This is not a nice, nor a safe town to live in.
The drugs and alcohol are an accepted part of life (and are a definite attraction for the rednecks, they can do what they like and get off scott-free). I don't, and have never, used drugs, and yet I can point out 3 dealers homes within a 3 block radius of my home. If I know what and who they are, how can the law not?
Much of this is related to the fact that the electorate in which this 25,000 person town is located is the 2nd poorest electorate in the country, after a remote Aboriginal community in far NE Western Australia. But still........
Housing and the cost of living; this is a hot one - people tell me (I should point out, these are people who don't live here) that living here is cheaper. Those who come from the mainland and stay, soon change their minds. If you look at house prices here compared to, say Melbourne, you will think here is cheaper. Take into account the average wage, the cost of groceries and fuel, and maybe not. Make the definitely not.
Jobs. What jobs? In the 3 weeks since I quit my last job I have trialled for 5 jobs. When you consider that a waitressing job attracted more than 200 applicants, in less than 4 hours, in a town of 25,000 people, you start to realise why the young get out while they can. And why there are so many unemployed.
Pokies - my pet hate. The company that runs them, and our State government will tell you that they supply immense amounts of jobs and funding for important infrastructure. I'm sure they do, but not here. In the last financial year, $12million went through pokies in the city of 7310. That's into 7 pubs/clubs. $12million. I can't even fathom how much that represents in tax dollars, but I can promise not a whole lot of them made it back here. And remember, this is a poor area, where does the money come from? Loan sharks? Payday loan shops? Oh yes, we now have those here.
Welfare groups, and the vans that feed the homeless have reported a 100%+ increase in calls on their services in the past 18 months. Want to try and tell me that $12million or the tax on it couldn't have been better spent?
And finally, the ozone hole. Tasmania sits under the hole in the ozone. We get undiluted UV year round. Our skin cancer rate is through the roof. Sunscreens don't work.
So, with all that going against it, why do I live here? I can't afford to leave. Literally, cannot afford the cost of moving. And then there's Mr14. If it was just The Mister and myself, we'd be gone in a heartbeat. But Mr14's friends are here, and he has suffered quite enough upset in his life. So for now, we stay.