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  1. Are you an experienced painter and decorator? Recently moved here or maybe looking for a new job? Small, family friendly painting firm looking for a couple of new recruits due to increased work load. Work is mainly residential painting jobs, both interior and external, however there is a fair amount of commercial work ie. shop re-fits etc. The business is well regarded and has a large amount of referral/recommendation work; owner is happy to offer flexibility around family and kids. Must have own car and be north Brisbane based, business is based in Samford, but work is mainly all over North Brisbane area. You must have had prior experience in this trade to be appointed in this job. Please contact ASAP if you are interested for a trial and an immediate start if successful.
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    Pregnancy query on a 457 visa

    No, no one has replied and I cannot exactly ask my work without setting off alarm bells!
  3. Hi - I am on a 457 visa here (and am the main sponsor) - Can anyone clarify for me(as I don't have private health insurance) would I be ok to use the public health system here if I got pregnant and would all costs be taken care of by Medicare (as it would by the NHS at home) - is that right? I have a full medicare card (as does my family). Also does anyone know how much mat leave I can take on that visa? I know I wouldn't get the Govt paid lump sum baby bonus nor any other money from my employer, apart from any holiday leave I had accrued, but I just wondered if you were only allowed to take a certain amount of time off - is it also true that you cannot work part time on a 457 visa... so that wouldn't be an option on return to work either would it? Can't seem to find the answers anywhere and its not something I can easily ask my employer! Thanks
  4. I am on a 457 visa here (and am the main sponsor) - Can I clarify (as I don't have private health insurance) I assume I would need to go public if I got pregnant and everything would be taken care of by Medicare (as it would by the NHS at home) - is that right? I have a full medicare card (as does my family). Also does anyone know how much mat leave I can take on that visa? I know I wouldn't get the Govt paid lump sum baby bonus nor any other money from my employer, apart from any holiday leave I had accrued but I just wondered if you were only allowed to take a certain amount of time off - is it also true that you cannot work part time on a 457 visa so that wouldn't be an option on return to work either would it? Can't seem to find the answers anywhere and its not something I can easily ask my employer!
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    Is this unsettled feeling normal??

    OMG, can't believe so many people feel the same way as me - what a relief! Everyone I speak to loves it here so I usually keep it to myself but here is my heartfelt outpourings... I came her in Sept 08, so have been here 9 months and have never felt settled at all. At home I had a great job, lovely house, we had 2 nice cars and the usual family around us and lived in Edinburgh which is one of the most beautiful cities in the world (why didn't I appreciate it as much back then?) but I craved the nice weather, a more relaxed lifestyle and an adventure for a better quality of life...so what's happened? Yes the weather is nice, as are the beaches and parks but we are financially much worse off - we now have one car between us, I work longer hours than I did in the UK but for less money, our food bill is a lot more expensive, we have to pay for our health service, expensive kindy costs etc etc. You all know what the gripes are... We have made friends but they are all ex Pats who have been here 2 years + and they all really love it here, I've found most of the Aussies do not want to socialise with you and can be quite dismissive (I have not been asked on a night out or to a BBQ in 8 months by work colleagues, yet I have asked them over to my house etc), so have just resorted to being pals with Brits who live here. I have lost my confidence driving as driving in Brisbane is terrifying, they are just the craziest, most rude and aggressive drivers ever and as much as I thought I would be able to handle not seeing friends and family, I am now becoming depressive about it. I feel guilty my son (nearly 3) has no regular contact with extended family and misses out on parties and family visits etc. - skype is good but just not the same as a real hug from your mum! I want to go home but promised I would do a year here and like some of you my OH actually likes it here so is in no rush to go back (though he said if it is a choice between me being continually this miserable or returning home, then he will go!) The thing is we sold our house, cars and spent a fortune shipping everything out here and now with the exchange rate and the global economic crisis, if we went back I know we would probably be in a worse situation than before we left, and that would make me miserable too. Yes, it would be lovely to have family and friends around me again and to actually have an odd night out with my hubby (not had one since we arrived here as no babysitters), but we would need to get jobs, and things sound tough over there just now, and we couldn't buy another house until we had them as we would need a mortgage, so we would have to rent. If I could turn the clock back I would, I feel like I am trapped here just now and I hate it - this feels like the longest year in my life. I feel like I took my old life for granted and didn't appreciate really what I had until now, and now its too late, it would take me ages to get all that "stuff" that I worked so hard for, back again..I really regret it - I have put myself in a real financially crappy situation and I am pissed off with myself for falling for a dream, as that's all it is. Sorry for being so pessimistic but I think I have cried almost every day for the last week, I can't get the time off work, nor have the money to go back for a holiday just now, and no one is coming out to visit me till maybe early next year so I don't even have that to look fwd too. I know I am doing my hubby's head in as I am becoming a very negative person and I have never been like this; I have lost my spark and to some extent my confidence, I keep trying to give myself a shake to just enjoy it whilst I am here, but if I am truthful to myself I am putting on a front as I know in my heart this is not for me...its hard to admit it but I think we made a mistake emigrating here and even if I do stay here for 2 years, which is what my OH wants to do, I honestly can't see me liking it any better...so am just going to have to grin (or rather grimace) and bear it for now. I just keep hoping, as my friend tells me, that this feeling will go away and I will start to really like it, as she hated her first 12 months or so and now after nearly 2 1/2 years she thinks of this as her home and is totally settled. Lets hope so eh? Thanks for letting me vent...at least some people hopefully understand how I feel
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    Brisbane: Sell your suburb

    Hi I know how difficult it is to decide on an area to live when you arrive, I spent the initial 4 weeks living in New Farm and pretty much went to look at properties as far up on the North side as North Lakes and southwards to Riverhills/Mt Ommaney/Westlake...and lots in between!! I have been here about 9 weeks now and live in Ferny Grove which is NW of the city. We chose this area as we wanted to be close to the city but have a rural feel so it was quieter - we wanted a big house and sizeable garden but something that was modern and this area fits all that criteria. We are currently renting a beautiful house that backs onto a park, so we look over the bush, very private and great birds visit us every day for a feed. Ferny Grove has a public swimming pool, a sizebale hub of shops, good schools and nurseries (places are limited, have to get your name on the waiting lists asap) plus it has a bowling club and a bar, both sell nice meals, loads of take away shops of every variety and loads of parks dotted around for the kids. As it is also the last stop on the line you are always guaranteed to get a seat on the train in the morning when you do your commute to the CBD (takes 25mins) and cost $26 per week for unlimited travel, and the train station has loads of parking so you can always get a space. I think it is about 12 kms from the city and if you are driving it (outside rush hour times) it takes about 20 mins - the further out this way you drive the more trees and bush you start to see. At the other side of Ferny Grove is Samford which is very rural but very quaint, like a small village - quite farming based out that way, lots of paddocks with horses etc. On the other side is Mitchelton, which has a sizeable shopping mall called Brookside and lots of other shops in the area. We like it here as it has a nice family feel and everyone is friendly who we have met so far. I think it would be classed as family area, seems to be a mix of young professionals who have young families/babies and people nearing retiring age, haven't seen one group of youths hanging around like back at home and crime is non existent as far I can tell...the neighbours tell us it's seen as a very safe area, it's also very clean, not seem one bit of rubbish yet! The houses in the area are a mix of traditional queenslanders and modern, so something for everyone. Our estate is actually based on a Mediterranean theme, so they all have tiled roofs and are painted in lovely warm colours with beautiful wooden doors and lots of marble, ultra modern inside, latest circular air con in every room etc It's bizarre... its like living in a huge Spanish villa but in Australia!! Hope this helps. If you need anything else just let me know Sharon
  7. Hi, we are out here on a 457 too and initially spent the first 5 weeks in the city (New Farm area) in a fully furnished short term holiday let, just till we got our bearings and our furniture arrived. I have been here about 8 weeks now and live in Ferny Grove which is NW of the city. We chose this area as we wanted to be close to the city but have a rural feel so it was quieter - we wanted a big house and sizeable garden but something that was modern and this area fits all that criteria. We are currently renting a beautiful house that backs onto a park, so we look over the bush, very private and great birds visit us every day for a feed. Ferny Grove has a public swimming pool, a sizebale hub of shops, good schools and nurseries (places are limited, have to get your name on the waiting lists asap) plus it has a bowling club and a bar, both sell nice meals, loads of take away shops of every variety and loads of parks dotted around for the kids. As it is also the last stop on the line you are always guareented to get a seat on the train in the morning when you do your commute to the CBD (takes 25mins) and cost $26 per week for unlimited travel, and the train station has loads of parking so you can always get a space. I think it is about 12 kms from the city and if you are driving it (outside rush hour times) it takes about 20 mins - the further out this way you drive the more trees and bush you start to see. At the other side of Ferny Grove is Samford which is very rural but very quaint, like a small village - quite farming based out that way, lots of paddocks with horses etc. We like it here as it has a nice family feel and everyone is friendly who we have met. Hope this helps. If you need anything else just let me know
  8. I'd agree with Patsy - we brought practically everything from a 4 bed house and we have still had to buy extra stuff as the house we are living in has much bigger rooms. Do you really want the hassle/stress and expensive of furniture buying when you initially arrive when you are also trying to settle in and do a million other things too. I'm really glad I brought my stuff over, it was worth it, but its personal choice at the end of the day.
  9. Hi, I have been here about 8 weeks and live in Ferny Grove which is NW of the city. We chose this area as we wanted to be close to the city but have a rural feel so it was quieter - we wanted a big house and sizeable garden but something that was modern and this area fits all that criteria. We are currently renting a beautiful house that backs onto a park, so we look over the bush, very private and great birds visit us every day for a feed. Ferny Grove has a public swimming pool, a sizebale hub of shops, good schools and nurseries (places are limited, have to get your name on the waiting lists asap) plus it has a bowling club and a bar, both sell nice meals, loads of take away shops of every variety and loads of parks dotted around for the kids. As it is also the last stop on the line you are always guareented to get a seat on the train in the morning when you do your commute to the CBD (takes 25mins) and cost $26 per week for unlimited travel, and the train station has loads of parking so you can always get a space. I think it is about 12 kms from the city and if you are driving it (outside rush hour times) it takes about 20 mins - the further out this way you drive the more trees and bush you start to see. At the other side of Ferny Grove is Samford which is very rural but very quaint, like a small village - quite farming based out that way, lots of paddocks with horses etc. We like it here as it has a nice family feel and everyone is friendly who we have met. Hope this helps. If you need anything else just let me know.
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    North Brissie Meet Up

    so a few more are now coming...about 18 couples/families by my calculation Bruce7 KirstenS16 Matt & Lorraine KatieC75 Wendy Richard & Carole Esther Tahe49 Aikijaz Lisa & Matt MrsJJM JulesBaz Lianne & Paul Ross-Lavendar Mrs C JaynieB Scottie 27 and us Today has been warm but grey and has only started peeing it down from 5pm ish so hopefully tomorrow will be the same. IF it is raining I assume no one will be pitching up, a bit pointless when there is hardly any shelter for us all. If it is rained off I will try and arrange another weekend asap.
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    We've arrived...2nd thoughts?

    Hi JulieC, would love to meet up when you come out here, I'll pm you and once you are settled we can arrange a time to meet On another note... I just want to say that although my post may have been deemed as a "depressing" read, it was from the heart as I was feeling quite low when I first arrived for lots of different reasons. Although my OH (Pasha02) was trying his best to keep me feeling upbeat, it was good just to get messages of support and advice from others who have been through the same thing, which is what this forum is all about. So sorry if this has been a "negative read", just to clarify I am not a miserable person, nor am I sat here crying every night and wishing I was back in the UK... I was just sharing my experience/thoughts and feelings, as besides your OH you have no one else to discuss this stuff with. Thankfully most people have said they have felt the same way at some point in their journey too and for me this is a journey, with ups and downs along the way, and every day/week I'm here I move a little further forward. Thanks again to all those who have took time out and posted advice/support/offered friendship, I do appreciate it and hope I can do the same at some point down the line. Sharon x
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    North Brissie Meet Up

    Carole has just pm'd with a good question...Just wanted to say that if the weather is not up to much should we have another venue?? Can anyone think of somewhere indoor that is suitable for people with little kids - is there a large bar in that area that has a play area too? The weather was lovely today and the forecast has changed already from yesterday ,as it is now saying it will still be a rainy day on Saturday but will be ok on Sunday, just a grey day. Lets hope it's lovely and sunny and goes to plan but if anyone has ideas for an indoor venue then we wouldn't have to cancel it if it does rain.
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    North Brissie Meet Up

    So it looks like it will be another good turn out...15 or so families, so at least 30 + adults to talk to with their respective kids, looks like the poms will be taking over the park again!! Bruce7 KirstenS16 Matt & Lorraine KatieC75 Wendy Richard & Carole Esther Tahe49 Aikijaz Lisa & Matt MrsJJM JulesBaz Lianne & Paul Ross-Lavendar and us Only negative is the weather forecast is not great just now and it's currently saying it may rain on Sunday. I know these things change on a daily basis but we may have to "rain-check" if it is peeing it down as much as it is here tonight. I know being from the UK we are all more than used to the rain but I don't think we would all fit huddled under those covered bench areas!
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    North Brissie Meet Up

    Hi Lisa/Matt - I think last time we were there till about 4.30pm last time so you may get the last hour/half if you arrive at 3.30pm MrsJJM - we all just take our own stuff, last time we took BBQ stuff and there was only a couple working so this time I am going on the safe side and taking sandwiches! Looking forward to seeing you all x
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    We've arrived...2nd thoughts?

    Pablo - you have to do it for yourself, your experience may be completley different to mine, as I said many love it and as soon as they land they are completley content. I don't regret coming out here as I know if I hadn't done it I would have really regretted it later in life, at least we had the balls to try it and if it doesn't work out I will go home with no regrets...a fair bit lighter on the bank balance, but no regrets! Hopefully that won't happen anyway. TassieDevil - glad you got the job, look forward to seeing you out here early next year, the meet up's are going well so I may have some pals to introduce you too by then! If you come over for a rekkie, let me know. I'm sure you'll find it very different to Tassie.
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