View Full Version : Kempsey? Would you live there?
I know this is probably posted in the wrong section, but I was wondering if any one lives in or around the Kempsey area? We live on the north coast not far from there and my hubby and I are thinking about possible moving there (more services, cheaper houses to buy etc).
My problem is most people we speak to says not to live there...that it is a high crime area, no jobs, low socio-economic area etc..
Although some have also said that it just has that "stigma" and it is a lovely place to live, you just don't live in certain parts.
We have to small young children 2.5 yrs and 10mths, is it a good place to bring up kids? I have a opportunity to get a job there which pays heaps better than what I am being paid now, hubby is not happy in the job he is doing at the moment and has been told that there would be more permanent work there.
So if anyone could give us some info about the area, it would be appreciated!
I used to live in port macquarie and had lost of friends in kempsey and from what i know of it no i would not ever consider living there especially with young kids.
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I grew up there (Cresent Head) and mu mum still loves there. I dont like Kempsey so much but Cresent Head, South West Rocks are all beautiful places to live!
I was bored out of my head in the winter as a teen though.
No i wouldnt live there
Isn't Kempsey known as the most racist town in Australia?
I've only ever travelled through there a few times. The first time we pulled over and parked the car and were surrounded by a bunch of undesirables within seconds. I guess they just wanted to intimidate us or maybe the kids put them off doing anything further... i guess that kind of stuff can happen anywhere though.
There is probably good and bad in living anywhere. Although everyone i've ever spoken to/kown thats lived there said that not in a million years would they be willing to go back there to live.
I have close friends who live on a small farm about 10 mins from kempsey. They love it, but not sure about actual town.
My Aunty and Uncle have lived there for almost 30 years raised three kids there. The have a lovely house right next to the river and are able to go fishing, skiing, kayaking when ever they. There eldest son has just gotten married, and their eldest daughter is studying in Newcastle while their younger son is completing his HSC this year. I live 2 hours west of Kempsey and to be honest with you I think that as long as you teach your children as parents the right way to behave there would be nothing wrong with living around the area. There is a high high crime rate in West Kempsey and there is a high high Aboriginal population there too! I do have aboriginal friends who live in Kempsey too and they are nice enough people however their lifestyle is questionable. My partner is also aboriginal and has some family down that way.
If you choose to live there I am sure you will be happy. Personally I probably wouldn't 'choose' to live there but I am a graduate teacher and say if I was posted to teach there and given a permanent position I would not hesitate. Personally I would love to move to port tho I suspect that would be a little more expensive!
Hope that helps :)
Hi I grew up in kempsey too.... I agree it's a beautiful area.....a few people I went to school with still live there. It's sad but I've heard the crime is pretty bad now...but crime is everywhere too. Hope it all works out.
I know this is probably a late reply to the thread but I do live in Kempsey. It is a beautiful little town with amazing scenery but there has been recently a crime wave which has seemed to have died down. There are areas in which it is best to avoid especially at night but then isn't it like that in any place? Whether to recommend you love here. I don't know. It does have some good qualities about it being a country town. The people, yes there are good and bad people, but when you come across good people they are really nice.
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