EVERY action has an equal and opposite reaction and the high birth rates in Mansfield District Hospital for some years are now leading to higher enrolment rates at the Mansfield Primary School.
The hospital verified it has had an average birth rate of 80.5 for the past seven years.
But local births are not the only driver, because Mansfield Primary School (MPS) principal Paul Volkering has pointed out many of the prospective families are from out of town, especially Queensland.
“One family had attended the last Victorian Regional Living Expo in Melbourne, verifying their selection criteria, which included access to that city,” he said.
“They then chose Mansfield, because it ticked all their boxes.
“Others said they liked the snow, the scenery and the feel of ‘the pretty little town’.
“Still others were self-employed, with involvement in their own businesses and on the fringes of the tourist industry.”