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  1. Hi, can anyone please recommend someone for Public Liability Insurance for tradesman? Need to get something sorted asap Thanks
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    Wanted down under

    Hi, I've been avidly watching the Wanted Down Under series this week. Just want to know if anybody else thinks the same as me tho - the family on Wednesday programme were looking at WA, now they said at the beginning of the property search they had £180k to bring over and would like to buy without a mortgage, lets see what you get for your money. In the voiceover, Nadia whatsername says you can get 4bed family house in Rockingham area for around £200k. Now my ears prick up, coz we fancy that area, sounds a decent price, looking forward to this! WHY oh WHY then, do they show them houses (lovely as they were) for nothing under £260k????? Is it to make the programme look good, fancy newly renovated or new build houses, but what about us that live in the real world and want affordability??!!:arghh: Sorry about me ranting, its just i would really like to see what the average joe bloggs could really afford! By the way, im from yorkshire, got a pretty low mortgage here and we are (apparently) notorious for being tight with money here, so maybe that explains why im so peeved!! lol. :biglaugh:
  3. Hi Hoping to do our own tax return this year, to save us some money as we are short of cash right now, am quite confident in most of it but just have a couple of queries. Should be pretty straight-forward for someone in the know - is there anyone out there that I could PM with my questions please? Thanks!
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    Can anyone help me with Oz tax self-assessment?

    OH has work ute with finance on it - know I can claim something on tax return for this vehicle, just not sure how much - is it a % figure for depreciation? Am I right in thinking I can claim the interest on the finance payments? If so, how is that calculated? Thanks!
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    Can anyone help me with Oz tax self-assessment?

    just bumping myself back up!
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    Constant Cycle of Making New Friends

    Hey Cazz, just noticed that you are down the road from me in Meadow Springs! Perhaps we could get together and break the cycle of "billy no-mates"??!!!!:biglaugh: Send me a PM if you are interested Jill x
  7. Can't believe I'm having to come on here (again) and say this. Hubby is plasterer and has (again) been told today that there is no more work in the pipeline which therefore means no income for our family. He SO wants to get out of the self-employed rat race, we have never been able to build any security in the almost 3 years that we have been here, no savings behind us, with 3 kids to look after I am truly scared and frightened as to where to turn now. How does anyone with one particular skill, who cannot sustain long term secure work in that skill, move onto something new? He is a hard worker, reliable and trustworthy, just looking for a fair crack at life. Has been told he cant get into the mines as he has no experience, but how do you get experience if no-one gives you a chance? How does an average guy get a break over here? We are not asking for hand-outs, just a chance to give our kids a future, and to keep the roof over their heads. Is it really too much to ask? Can anyone offer any advice please? Honestly dont know what to do next.
  8. Hi Rachel Thanks for the advice, I did see the Transperth job advertised the other day, so definitely considering that! Yes, he ABSOLUTELY wants to get out of the trade situation and into something completely different. We have applied for countless positions over the last couple of years, but he has always had to turn back to his trade when nothing has materialised. Will keep trying x
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    Non-Resident Landlord Scheme

    Hi Not completely sure of the ins and outs of this because its a while since we did it, but we rent out our house in the UK (privately). We had to let HMRC know we were emigrating and register as a Non-Resident Landlord for tax purposes. All we have had to do is fill out the form online every year, with all our expenses offset against the rent we receive - if you receive below a certain amount profit every year you do not have to pay any tax on the rental income. Any agent fees, repairs, insurance cover etc can be deducted, so the aim is to try and make sure you don't come out with a profit!!! Sorry its a bit vague, but if you look on the HMRC website they will have all the info you need there (thats where I found it all). Hope that helps
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    Constant Cycle of Making New Friends

    Hi Hilton, know exactly what you are saying here. Not for quite the same reasons as you, but have found "friendships" here quite demoralising too. We have made what we thought to be terrific friends, only to have them betray or abandon us when we have served our purpose, or outlived our usefulness. It has made us very wary of making new friends anymore, and we are nearing our 40's so would have thought we were all a bit past this "playground" mentality of bitching and backstabbing:unsure: Saying that, through the tough times there have been some "shining stars" who we will, hopefully, cherish in our lives for many years to come.
  11. hi Michelle, you have made a great choice in Mandurah, lol!! We love it here! Make sure you book up early for a short term rental over the Xmas period, Mandurah is a "holiday" town so places will be in short supply. Feel free to get in touch if you want to ask any questions and good luck with all the organising: I remember it well! Jill x
  12. ok thanks, will keep my eyes open for the next one! x
  13. hi everyone haven't been able to make any of the previous meet-ups due to work commitments, just wondering if there were any plans over the long weekend for a get-together or another meet in the near future? x
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    Mandurah, tell me what its like?

    so glad you gave Mandurah another go, especially Halls Head which is where we are :wink: We have been here 2.5 years and loved it from day one! Good luck with the birth of the twins and feel free to send me a PM when you get down here, I'm available for coffee, chat if you fancy it. Jill xx p.s sorry forgot to say: haven't used the hospital that much, but a friend had her baby there with no complaints and my kids are a little bit old for playgroups now, but i do know of a few (have a friend who works for family services so could pick her brains for you too!) x
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    Help from Tradies please ~ Worried

    Hi Kelly OH is a plasterer here and has also worked in property maintenance and in a steel factory. Yes, he gets hot and sweaty but like the others say, he drinks plenty and slaps on the sunscreen and hat and just copes with it.......and theres always the pool or the ocean at the end of the day to cool off in, lol!!!
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    Visa granted today!!!!!!!!!!

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!! Know how long you have been waiting and now its finally happened!!! Can't wait to see you guys again and welcome you to your new sunny home in WA!!!! Talk soon, Jill, Mick and the kids!! xxxx :cute:
  17. Hi, do you have a website for your villa?
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    Moving to Mandurah

    hi again Ali I've sent you a PM x
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    Moving to Mandurah

    Hi Ali, Life here has had its ups and downs but we are feeling pretty settled now, especially since buying our house last year. Hubby works as a plasterer and I work part-time locally too. We have 3 kids ages 14, 9 and 4. Would definitely recommend you find a rental and take your time to get to know the area before you choose where to buy - probably 6 months. At least then you will have a feel for the place and distances between work/school etc. Any other questions you have, feel free to ask!!
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    Moving to Mandurah

    Hi Hetty We live in Halls Head, been here over 2 years now. What's your hubby going to be doing for work here? Can't tell you much about Austin Cove school, its only just opened its doors this year; I know someone who sends her daughter there and its all going well at the moment but takes time for a school to build a reputation (good or bad)!!! As for the mozzies - they are particularly bad at the moment, we are told this is due to "exceptionally high tides following the recent cyclone" - the council do carry out spraying over the estuary and other areas at peak times but not nearly enough, IMHO!! Its just a case of spraying yourself and your kids every time you step outside, buying various outdoor repellants (oil, candles, sprays, etc etc!!) and hoping something will work, lol!! I was in Bunnings (B&Q) yesterday and their shelves were almost empty of all "mozzie-killers", so everyone is in the same boat! (must say tho, this time last year hardly had any problems with them, so the fogging does work sometimes).
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    where to get tra done in uk?????????

    hi im sure its all probably changed since we did our TRA (over 2 years ago now) - but it was simply providing all the relevant paperwork proving experience, qualifications, references etc etc; there was no practical test.
  22. Hi, does anyone know of anyone with work for a solid plasterer? Moved over November 2008 and hubby worked solid plastering until a few months ago, when work dried up. He's currently doing casual work in a factory just to make ends meet but wants to get back into the trade. We are based in Mandurah, but he is willing to travel reasonable distance for the work. He has his own ute and most of his own tools too, Blue Card etc. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks.
  23. First thing I would say to you is to NOT try to find a comparison!! If you like Horsforth so much, don't move to Oz!!!!! Decide on where you want to live by embracing the NEW lifestyle, the DIFFERENCES that Oz can offer you - work, schools, cost of housing etc, are big factors - other than that, just go with it and don't come over here hoping for Horsforth in the Sun!!!
  24. Hi We are also in Mandurah - would be great to meet up with some new friends!! We have 3 children - 14, 8 and 4 and have been living here for over 2 years now. The foreshore in Mandurah is always a good place to meet up, plenty of space for the kids to run around!! Look forward to hearing from you x:cute: