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  2. Having been in business for more than 30 years, TopStart Trailers has built a sound reputation for producing a range of innovative car carrier, curtain-side and flat-top trailers. The company has standardised on Fuwa K-Hitch (FKH) running gear including axles, suspension, turntables, kingpins and landing legs. Austate Services was founded a little over two years ago by General Manager, Victor Vella. The history of TopStart Trailers dates back to the mid-1980s when Peter Bouzinelos, an engineer originally from Europe, was running his own transport company in Victoria. He was having so many problems with damage to cars caused by the poor designs of car carrier trailers built by other companies that he decided to make his own. After being told by several sources that his design was impossible to manufacture, Peter put his engineering expertise to the test and, in his own backyard, built the first eight-car transporter with the ability to transform into a flat-top trailer for carrying containers. His design proved well up to the task and reputedly saved his company thousands of dollars in car repairs and is said to have provided an estimated 60 per cent improvement in loading times. From there, it seems, the die was cast and TopStart Trailers commenced operations. Over the ensuing years the company has forged a reputation as one of the pre-eminent specialised trailer producers in Australia, manufacturing a range of trailers from car carriers to curtain-siders, drop-decks and flat-tops. With an emphasis on quality and durability, the company uses high tensile steel to ensure maximum strength combined with optimised tare weight. These days the company operates from a large-scale factory in Dandenong South. Peter’s son, Jimmy Bouzinelos, is the Operations Manager. Jimmy has worked hard with his father from a young age. “Our core business has always been car carriers,” Peter Bouzinelos explains. “We build a lot for the big players like Patrick, Toll and PrixCar as well as for the subcontractors who work for them.” Any trailer is only as good as the running gear keeping it rolling, and in this regard TopStart Trailers has for a long time relied on Fuwa K-Hitch. Read More…
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  4. wonderingwoman789

    Travel exemption/Partner Visa

    the problem is then, if I did get the exemption I wouldn't be able to work until the visa was granted (opposed to applying onshore which is supposedly moving quicker). Although I am not sure if anybody is getting the exemptions granted, we were advised it would defo take at least 3 attempts +
  5. JetBlast

    Quarantine food

    $15.66 per meal for take out / premade isn't all that an outrageous cost. Especially when you take into account the amount of admin work it takes to source and distribute hundreds (maybe thousands) of meals.
  6. Quoll

    Travel exemption/Partner Visa

    I think offshore partner visas from London are actually being turned around quite quickly at the moment. Put the application in now anyway.
  7. wonderingwoman789

    Travel exemption/Partner Visa

    Hi all Looking for some advice please. My partner is in Australia and I am in London, we have just put together our application for the 309 after having our de facto registration granted from NSW. However, we have since been advised to try to get a travel exemption and then apply onshore as partner visas from London are taking 2 years! Can anyone offer any advice? We've been together since 2018 but I haven't now seen him due to COVID since November 2019. Thank you
  8. All the info is here. You can't do anything until it's 3 months before the arrival date. https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/departmental-forms/online-forms/travel-facilitation-letter-request-form
  9. Ausimi

    Borders closed until 2022

    I understand what you are saying, it’s all a good point! Under normal circumstances I would 100% agree with you, on this weird times, I think repatriation could be a real possibility if your plans get disrupted by airlines or border changes, and you are facing being homeless as you were ready to go! I think due to the exceptionally difficult circumstances COVID has put all of us in, making such a big move (which under normal circumstances it’s quite complex and stressful) can get desperate very quickly due to the unpredictability of the flights and the constant changes in the immigration rules.
  10. We've book with Etihad for July in Melbourne. So far so good... Fingers crossed we finally make it back. I actually booked both a Qatar and Etihad flight just in case
  11. Parley

    Pie Time - Southern Highlands

    Better come with chips.
  12. Ausvisitor

    Quarantine food

    I guess the problem is the way the system chooses to "moneitse" the charge. $235 sounds expensive for simple meals for 5 people for day. Would it feel more palatable is the broke it down differentlt and said Acomodation : $x (can't remember what your number was) Food : $50 Medical and Security charges : $185 You are getting hung up on how they've chosen to split the charges, the reality is quarantine costs $7k for your family regardless how they split it on the invoice (it actually costs way more than this in all probabilty) I realise you see it as a huge chunk that you have to spend before you can start looking for jobs to earn money, but the converse is that no-one made you leave the UK to go to Australia right now - you could have waited until Quarantine was no longer a thing (whenever that is) - you chose now and that means incurring the costs (Incidentally, we've made the same choice and will be a month or two behind you - I suspect I will also complain about the cost when I see the bill)
  13. Ausvisitor

    Borders closed until 2022

    That's true, but if you are asking your government to repatriate you (rather than book under your own steam) you should be able to go at their timescale. Repatriation is a process to get people desperate to leave a country back to their own country; it isn't meant to fit around niceties like job notice peroids and a goodbye party. (Sorry if that sounds harsh, it isn't meant to be, it's just that repatriation should be a case of last resort)
  14. Ausvisitor

    Should have 90pts, only 85 showing in Skillselect...

    Unless the OP really has their heart set on a state that doesn't sponsor their specific application (from memory Perth only gave 190s for a very small number of ANZSCO whereas NSW was much more broad in what they sponsored) then I don't really see the differnce between a 189 and 190. Yes with a 190 you have to stay in a particular state for 2 years but if it is where you planned on going anyway that really isn't that big a compromise
  15. s713

    Britbox

    Some of the old episodes drag. A lot are 6, 8 even 10 episodes when really you could probably tell the story in 2. Also, some of the characters I used to like got on my nerves. But I guess that's changing times.
  16. calNgary

    Quarantine food

    Can you not order Macca's, KFC etc on Ubereats or Menu log? I dont want to rub it in but there is pretty good kebab shop not far from you,, Not that you would want them every day but it may break the mundane food up a bit. Cal x
  17. Lavers

    Quarantine food

    $100 a pop on what?
  18. Cots

    Quarantine food

    My kids would kill for a Maccas how’s your throwing arm? We’re on the 16th floor! We can order in and have done twice but at €100 a pop we can’t afford any more. Right now, the food is all we’ve got to focus on, the 2 deliveries a day is our highlight, will it be beef, mash and broccoli or clean (dry) chicken and broccoli
  19. To be fair, the only issue like that I recall is a fight that happened after an England WC game in either 2010 or 2014. I couldn't stand Joondalup but it wasn't for the reasons you've stated.
  20. calNgary

    Quarantine food

    They smell nice but there isn't much in them from what ive seen of my friends so no wonder you've lost weight,lol.. Are you able to order stuff in? or i do i need to drive into Brisbane and throw some Macca's onto your balcony so you dont waste away? lol Cal x
  21. emanyalpsid

    Going Home!

    Really. Crazy times. Do you know the rough numbers? Cost/govt cobtribution/traveller contribution
  22. Cots

    Quarantine food

    Yes, that’s them! They’re okay but hit and miss options and some days we have one for lunch AND one for dinner which is too much. The kids are not fans as you can imagine, they’re calorie controlled with broccoli at the core of each meal. I’ve lost weight in the past 10 days so every cloud
  23. Lodged 20 June 2018. What kind of email is it? I got an email in Nov 2020 requesting for copies of passport but nothing more
  24. Most likely because things are not so far away. No idea about Manchester , but believe the centre is very cosmopolitan and buzzy with lots of places to go. Driving to Hillary's is a bit of a chore. Never found a decent vibe and/or places full and food very ordinary. I never understood the attraction of that place beyond the occasional visit. But a lot of English accents on every visit so apparently missing something.
  25. calNgary

    Quarantine food

    Are the meals 'You Foodz' brand ? I'm intrigued as thats the only ad i can think of on TV and although ive never had them, some do look good, some not so much... My friend has them delivered and brings them to work for her lunch. Keep your chin up, not long now until you are free,lol Cal x
  26. Jon the Hat

    Quarantine food

    I think as others have said this isnot really the cost of the food. Or it might be on average, and you have a more expensive room and cheaper food as you can heat it yourself. I would try to forget about it, not worth the effort. The question of whether you pay for more than 1 room is interesting though. Its not clear for WA either. Again it is rather out of your hands, so seems harsh to pay for two rooms.
  27. Well wait for a bus outside the bus station quite regular. It's not the point not going near the Square. It was marked down with great attributes finally connecting The CBD with Northbridge. It was supposed to rival Federation Square in Melbourne. Like so many of the best intentions, never reached anywhere close to its intent. Waterside area better, obviously, but hardly a must visit and below expectations. It should have been the centre point of Perth for locals and tourist. It's good, but should be brillant.
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