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  1. WTF??????? Long story guys, but, moved to Brisbane 2006 on a 136 Skilled Migration Permanent Residency Visa - think this is now the 175 visa - anyway, stayed for nearly a year, went back to the UK for 18 months, then moved out here to Perth. Have been here 3yrs. Our visa's were originally issued November 2006. We were planning a 3 week holiday back to the UK to visit family for Christmas, cut a long story short, I've been very ill, so have not been able to go. Husband and son have gone by themselves! My husband has just landed in Dubai to change planes to Gatwick and has rung me saying that our visa's have expired!!!! :err: What's that all about??? He has been told that the visa only lasts 5yrs! He will have to go to the Australian Consulate in London to renew before he can return to Australia!!! I was always under the impression that Permanent Residency meant you could stay 'forever'! I've had a quick look at the visa and it actually states 'holder permitted to remain in Australia indefinitely'. So how come we have to renew?? And does this now mean that I am living here illegally??? Because technically my visa should have been renewed in November 2011. Can anyone help with this, as I am really confused? :confused: I've searched the internet and don't seem to be able to find anything!!! :mad: Helpppppppppppp Lynn
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    Need your help if you live in darwin/alice springs!

    Just bumping up!!! xxxx
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    Need your help if you live in cairns!

    Just bumping up again!! xxx
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    Need your help if you live in cairns!

    Just bumping up!! :wubclub:
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  6. Hi, I'm hoping that there are some people out there that can help me. I live in Perth, but my eldest daughter lives back in the UK. She is just completing her last year at uni and has to produce a questionaire. She has to research the differences/attitudes of british migrants in "tropical" Cairns to the british in "outback" Northern Territory. This is where you "Northern Territory" people come in. She needs some people to answer the following questions: 1. What made you move from the UK? 2. What attracted you to the "outback" landscape of Darwin/Alice Springs? 3. Was it easy settling into your environment (ie. climate/economy/people)? 4. Do you come across many British people in Darwin/Alice Springs, are they a large majority of the community? If you could send me a private message with your answers that would be fantastic. Just a few lines for each answer is enough, you don't need to write a 2 page essay!! lol Thank you soooo much for all your help. Lynn x HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR :hug:
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    Need your help if you live in cairns!

    Hi, I'm hoping that there are some people out there that can help me. I live in Perth, but my eldest daughter lives back in the UK. She is just completing her last year at uni and has to produce a questionaire. She has to research the differences/attitudes of british migrants in "tropical" Cairns to the british in "outback" Northern Territory. This is where you "Cairns" people come in. She needs some people to answer the following questions: 1. What made you move from the UK to Cairns? 2. What attracted you to the "tropical" landscape of Cairns? 3. Was it easy settling into your environment (ie. climate/economy/people)? 4. Do you come across many British people in Cairns, are they a large majority of the community? If you could send me a private message with your answers that would be fantastic. Just a few lines for each answer is enough, you don't need to write a 2 page essay!! lol Thank you soooo much for all your help. Lynn x HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR :hug:
  8. I bought a couple of "australian" sim cards from ebay before we came over, so that we had something to use straight away. They were only a couple of pound. You do have to make sure your phone is unlocked first, but at least I didn't have to worry about sorting out mobile contracts and stuff for a while! It is expensive to unlock a phone over here and when my hubbie tried to get his unlocked, they couldn't even do it! His was locked to virgin and it wouldn't even take an australian virgin sim card. Apparently, the virgin locked phones are different to the virgin phones over here!?????? So, I definately recommend unlocking before you come! If you want, I can send you a couple of vodaphone sim cards so that you have them straight away. They're only $2 each, so won't cost you anything! Send me a PM with your address if you want me to pop a couple in the post for you! Good luck with your move! Lynn x
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    Schools in Mandurah

    Hi Stacy! Of course I don't mind you asking!! I wish I'd had someone give me a little more advice on areas before we left! We are moving to Ardross/Booragoon. Hopefully sometime next month. We're just waiting for a suitable rental to come on the market - that's actually in our price range!! Being a lot closer to the city you pay alot more for rent. We pay $330 a week for our 3 bedroom 2 bathroom house in Mandurah, one road back from the beach. We are now going to be looking at on average for the same type of house $500/$600 a week! Bit of a shock, but at the moment my hubbie has to get up at 4.30 in the morning to get to work on time in the city. We'll only be 15 mins or so away when we move, so will definately be alot easier for him aswell! We could probably get something for around $450 but I'm quite fussy!!! lol The area has some of the best, if not THE best, schools in Perth and probably Western Australia. Unless you go to the private schools over here, it is quite hard to actually find a decent school. The area is just south of the river, so nice for a sunday afternoon picnic or barbie on the riverside and also, which I find has to be one of my main priorities, Garden City is in Booragoon!!! This is Perth's largest shopping mall!! If you have a look at their website www.gardencity.com.au you get an idea of how big it is and what is there. We went at the weekend and I have to say I still have swollen ankles from all the walking!!! It's really hard to know if a place is going to be the right place to settle. Everybody has different needs and tastes, so what is right for one person may not be right for the next. If you can afford to get a motorhome for 2/3 weeks, it's a good way to be able to travel around for a bit to get a feel for different areas, but they are really expensive over here. We paid $1200 for 6 days hire - that's around £600+, and you then have your campsite fees each night which can be around $50 a night, but it does allow you to cover alot of ground. There are also lots of websites that can give you loads of info on different areas, but I think it's hard to tell from just looking at pictures. www.realestate.com.au is good to see the prices of properties (buy and rent) in different areas and to be quite honest, the cheaper the properties, the worse the area!! You get what you pay for! The cheaper ones tend to be in the middle of nowhere most of the time. Sorry to go on a bit, think I got a bit carried away! Let me know if there is anything else you need to know. Lynn xxx P.S. If you're on facebook send me a friend request (Lynn Birtley Pender), got loads of pics on there! xxx
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    Schools in Mandurah

    Been here 8 months now, and my son has been at Mandurah Primary for the same amount of time. Yes to begin with I couldn't praise the school enough - we are now moving to a different area to get him into a better school! As time has gone on, I have realised that there is no community spirit - school and area - and this was also a statement made to me by the principal!! We've had many problems with the way the school is run!! The area is a beautiful one, but I think it is just slightly too "touristy" for me. And as we have just had the winter, everywhere has been "dead"!!! I have also now discovered that the High School here is really cr*p! It also only goes up to year 10, so it's then onto yet another school to finish the last 2 years. It also hasn't got a very good reputation. As my son will be going into year 6 after christmas, I thought it was best to move him to a different school now, so he can be settled before starting high school. Halls Head is a lovely area, and from what I've heard the schools over there are very good. Again, bit quiet through the winter, but the beaches there and here in Mandurah are gorgeous, so summer is lovely. We'll just have to wait until we live without kids to settle somewhere like this. My son's education has to come first, so we're off nearer the city. To an area where they have some of the best state schools in Perth. Good luck with your move xxx :hug:
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    Where can I buy WeetAbix in central Perth?

    So true Paula125!! Me too - I kept saying that everything tasted horrible! But, it didn't, it just tasted DIFFERENT! You live in a different country now, so, realistically, you cannot expect things to be the same as the UK! Why move if you want everything to stay the same? You DO get used to it - everything tastes normal to me now!!!! Just give it time x :hug:
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    Where can I buy WeetAbix in central Perth?

    Hi Coles do a small range of imported BRITISH goods including Weetabix. You do pay a little more, but sometimes it can be worth it! Good luck! Lynn x
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    Mandurah Schools???

    I'm not too clued up on the "private" schools around the Mandurah area, but you're pretty safe with most of the private schools over here. As for the "state" schools........ well, my 10yr old son goes to Mandurah Primary and we are moving him! They really don't know what they are doing there!! There is North Mandurah Primary, but to be honest I haven't heard anything good about that one either! Mandurah High School, again, has an awful reputation! Sorry to be blunt, but I think that unless you are sending your son to a private school then you would be better off perhaps looking a bit further up the coast. We are actually moving next month to Ardross, nearer to the city as it has some of the best state primary schools and 2 of the best state high schools in Perth! You do pay more to live in that area, but we think that the extra cost is worth my son having a good education. Hope I haven't put you off - Mandurah is a beautiful, stunning area. Just that the schools are not much cop!! Best of luck with your move x Lynn x
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    Help I need a hairdresser

    No offence, but aussie hairdressers really aren't much cop are they???!!!! There is a fantastic salon called Sublime in the Westfield Shopping Centre in Chermside (about 15mins north of Brisbane). I had the "top" bloke cut mine - best cut I've ever had!! In fact, the best service from a salon that I've ever had! He was actually british, from Wembley and his name was Dan. I'm not sure if he is still there, this was about 3 years ago. I now live in Perth and have a fab hairdresser. Needless to say she is british!! Would be worth trying Sublime in case he is still there. I am probably the fussiest person where my hair is concerned. I wanted something trendy as I'm still in my 30's - just!!!! I guarantee, the man is a genius. He gave me a graduated bob before they were even being done in the UK! He told me what he thought would be best. Let us know how you get on x Lynn x
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    Mandurah mums/dads meet up???

    Anybody had anymore thoughts on meeting up at the foreshore? Would a date in July be more suitable for everyone - especially sadsmile23? Hopefully we can get something arranged soon xxxxx Lynn x :hug:
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