Chiropractor Jim Karagiannis loves living in Dubbo where “you can walk down the street and know everyone”.
He loves the city’s geographical expanse, not to mention the ease of commuting from home to work and vice versa.
But most of all the young professional, who has called Dubbo home for six years, just can’t speak highly enough about what he sees as the city’s greatest asset – its people.
“I’m absolutely captivated by the openness of people here in terms of kindness and generosity,” he said yesterday during a break from attending to patients at his practice in Bultje Street.
But there’s something else this Dubbo fan loves and misses – his family back in Melbourne.
Yesterday Mr Karagiannis confirmed that with his wife Bettina, also a chiropractor, he had made the decision to pack up and move back to the Victorian capital.
Since the birth of their sons, Sebastian, 4, and Xavier, 14 months, the couple has come to realise that living near relatives is in the best interests of their little ones.
Mr Karagiannis said yesterday that he and his wife were “family-orientated”.
“I’ve got a Greek background – I’m sure I’m related to half of Melbourne,” he joked.
In fact what brought the couple to Dubbo in the first place was a desire to be closer to Victoria and loved ones.
They had been working in Darwin and did plenty of research before choosing “the fastest-growing area in country NSW”, Dubbo, to buy an existing chiropractic clinic and start a family.
The couple was immediately welcomed into the community and responded by working their way into the fabric of the city.
Early on Mr Karagiannis served as president of the Newtown Cricket Club before joining South Dubbo Rotary Club and throwing himself into such projects as Operation CINOAH which saw “children in need of a holiday” hosted in Dubbo earlier this year.
Yesterday Mr Karagiannis said he and his wife would “never forget” their children’s place of birth.
“It’ll always be a big part of us,” he said.
“Really we’re not leaving Dubbo – we’re just moving on to something else.”
This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.