Looking to relocate my young family to Benalla, but I have read mixed reviews. Please help me!

I am looking at moving myself and my young family to Benalla,(Or surrounds.) My concern is is it a safe place to live for all of us. I also would like to know how the schools are and Doctors .We love the Idea of a smaller community that has a no problem attitude and who would say hi to you..

Could anyone help me out, as I have been warned not to even think about living there with children, due to crime rate., He also noted that its not a great and friendly community for newer patrons as believed..He has since relocated to Albury and told be to go there.

But I have a lot of family in Melbourne and this would be the perfect location. I would like some reviews from family's Old and new to the area if possible,
We are looking at small acreage in the next 6-12 months so I want to get things underway soon. Please help me with this big decision. I have had a look around and like what I see. Please let me know....
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Martia 2yrs+
Hi I have lived in Benalla for the last 10 years and it is a wonderful place to live ....the crime rate is no worse than any country town and much lower than the Cities.

Benalla has three primary schools and a really good high school,there are two medical centres and the doctors are great they have it set up so you can get in the same day if needed.
Benalla hospital is wonderful and if you need a big op Wangaratta hospital is just 25 min away.

What I like about living in the country is there are no long waiting lists if you need selective surgery we dont need private insurance.

There is always something going on here and a lot of it centres around our lake ...there are many walking tracks and ample leash free area's to walk your dog.

If you need any other advice please just ask.

Oh we live about 4 min from the centre of town and we never lock our doors.
It saddens me to think that some are saying Benalla is not a good place to live .as its simply not true...I suppose it gets down to who you talk to I suppose.

sincerely Joan.
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Thank you Joan for your help with this, you have eased my mind considerably. I was there looking at rentals on the weekend, I will rent for 12 mth so that we can all get the feel of our new environment. Try before you buy scheme, so to speak.

I would like to know if you have markets,Craft and Farmers markets. I am looking at places with some acreage so they have been 20-25 km out of town, I would like to purchase something a little closer come time but wait and see i Suppose.

I would also like to know if the community are of a friendly type and not territorial.

Thank you for responding to my questions,

cheers Kate and Family.

I look forward to more correspondence and I and my family thank you for your information.
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jojo99 2yrs+
Myself and my partner are trying to move to Benalla , we were met with a very rude and possibly the worst real estate agency i have ever come across. They were so rude in dealing with us , the city we once fell in live with ..is now trash.
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MariaV 2yrs+
We recently moved to Benalla and love the town. People are very friendly and helpful. Our neighbours have popped in and introduced themselves and even invited us over for dinner. We have joined a local sports club and met many new and lovely people through the club. I think you have to be open to make the first contact as some people are a bit weary about new people, especially from the city. We also have had a bad experience with a particular real estate agency in town but that didn't scare us off from settling here and we are happy now that we made this transition!
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CherylA Jan 23, 2016
I moved my young family from Melbourne 7 years ago with no regrets, great people, great school and beautiful weather. Regrettably have to move to Qld for husband work and am selling my 2 1/2 acre property 2 minutes to twon with school bus pick ups out the front i have provided you with link to our house for sale - cheers cheryl http://www.realestate.com.au/property-house-vic-benalla-120934929
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