If you live in Sydney, please leave
Sydney is Australia's most popular city. So why are people being asked to move away from it?
To many residents, Sydney offers the best of what they'll find in Australia: sunshine, beaches, cultural events, shopping and business opportunities. But the city is big; its 4.5 million inhabitants amount to nearly one quarter of all Australians. And it's expensive.
The government of New South Wales, the state that contains Sydney, is hoping to persuade some of the city's residents to move into the countryside, where the population is sparse and the prices are cheaper. It's offering A$ 7,000 (€ 5,200) to anyone who moves permanently in the next four years.
Although Sydney is expected to grow by 40 per cent by mid-century, the reason has less to do with relieving the burden on the city than with helping rural communities. A decade-long drought known as "the Big Dry" caused many people to leave the Outback. Authorities hope that the arrival of new residents will get the rural economy going again.
Do you know the official term for people from Sydney? Is it Sydneyers, Sydneyites or Sydneysiders? We had this in our Today's Question section. Find out the answer here.