Open space and a change of pace: how a move to CBR changed Mark’s life

Posted 1 Feb 2017

Story by CBR Canberra

With over 70% of the ACT made up by open space – Canberra is attracting more and more people looking for an alternative to a busy city life.

Mark Devan’s work as a communications professional has seen him work all over the world, with stints in Bintulu, Kuala Lumpur and Doha. But it wasn’t until Mark moved to Canberra three years ago, that he decided to settle down more permanently.

Before moving himself and his family to Canberra, Mark knew little about Australia’s bush capital. He had no friends or family here and what he did know, he knew only from researching the Visit Canberra website.

Mark was pleasantly surprised when he first arrived in Canberra. Instead of the  busy, congested cities he was familiar with, he found a city full of open spaces and parks. Having grown up in Malaysia’s bustling capital Kuala Lumpur, he was happy to find somewhere less crowded.


When deciding to make the move to Canberra, Mark thought carefully about the life he wanted for himself and his family. In the end, it was the life and education he wanted for his two sons – now aged 14 and 12 – that led Mark to choose Canberra.

As Mark and his family settled into life in Canberra, he secured a job as the Manager for Marketing and Communications at Woden Community Service. Working in the not-for-profit sector has been a positive change from the corporate career he was accustomed to.

Mark now enjoys a better work-life balance in his new city. The commute to and from work takes Mark less than 20 minutes, where he parks his car and enjoys a 1.5km walk to his office, listening to the songs of native birds along the way.


On the weekends, Mark loves spending time outdoors. Whether it’s cycling around Lake Burley Griffin or visiting famous ‘pod playground’ at the National Arboretum, he and his family love to get out and enjoy the city they now call home.

If you like the sound of life in a city without having to deal with a long commute and crowds, then a move to Canberra might be just what you need.

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