Sister lives in a Borough, the only Borough in Victoria. The rest of us live in a council area, either a City or a Shire. Sister's Borough is poor, because the Borough is small and has not many properties, and so not much income. There are no high rise apartment buildings where Sister lives only houses and small businesses; a good number of the houses only holiday places.
Where Sister lives has a minimal income base but it is also a posh place. I have observed the people walking their dogs and they are not poor people. There is a private primary school in the borough, but the government schools are so good, there is little temptation for parents to lay out large sums for private education. While Sister is a teacher in a private school, she sees no need for Little Jo to have a private primary school education.
So although it is not a rich council, the local community spirit has to be experienced to believed. On the Bellarine Peninsular, think of what is like a country town at the seaside full of sophisticated and accepting city folk, without pretension. Sister kind of defaulted to live there and their modest house cost them a lot of money, but they could not have chosen a better place for two dykes to bring up a child in a supportive community. R loves the town and if I even mentioned an indication of wanting to move there once I retire, he would jump at it. I rather like where I live and I love Melbourne, but who knows what the future might bring. Maybe I will once again live in a house with some land and a garden. Or maybe not if I have anything to do with it.
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