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  1. NOTICE FROM DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE ON ANIMAL IMPORTS TO MELBOURNE: The Premier of Victoria, Mr Daniel Andrews has reimposed stage three restrictions on 10 postcodes across Melbourne which will be in lockdown from 11.59pm, Wednesday 1 July 2020. The Premier has requested that for the following two weeks international flights will be diverted from arrival into Melbourne Airport. This will have a direct impact on the importation of companion animals arriving on international passenger flights. The current COVID-19 pandemic does not change the existing risks posed by diseases of biosecurity concern to Australia or the need for cats and dogs to meet the import permit conditions in full. This includes the requirement for cats and dogs to arrive directly into Melbourne International Airport, excluding dogs and cats exported from New Zealand, or dogs holding an assistance dog permit. The department may consider re-exporting or euthanising animals that do not fulfill this requirement. The department is working with all animals diverted mid-flight to establish alternative arrangements. Post Entry Quarantine facility (PEQ) – Mickleham The department requests that no animals be loaded for transport to Australia until confirmation that flights can land at Melbourne Airport. Animals cannot be transhipped to Melbourne on a domestic flight from another Australian port. Pet importers and owners must secure an airline booking directly into Melbourne Airport and are advised to confirm both the flight arrival date and the PEQ reservation date to receive their animal before being exported to Australia. Please email PEQservices@awe.gov.au if you wish to amend a PEQ reservation due to flight disruptions. The PEQ facility is located in Mickleham, which is one of the 10 postcodes in lockdown from 11.59pm, Wednesday 1 July 2020. Please check relevant state or territory government websites for interstate travel movement restrictions. Pet importers and owners will continue to be responsible for arranging the collection of their animals from the PEQ whether in person or by engaging the services of a local pet transport company.
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    I know no one will care but...........

    Oh hun, I am so so sorry. Reading your posts over the last 13 years I know how much your mum and dad meant to you and how much you and your hubby sacrificed to be with them. You went above and beyond and rest assured your parents knew how much love you had for them. I am sorry that you weren’t there for those last few days it must have been a total shock to get the dreaded call but please be at peace knowing that he is with your mum now. Huge huge hugs to you.
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    Queensland to reopen borders on July 10, but not to Victoria

    Do you know if people were/are permitted to hand things over at border control. For example if NSW and Vic close their borders could you meet someone at the border and hand it over to staff/personally? ETA I’ve googled but can’t find an answer.
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    Was I being grumpy or was I right?

    Thankfully being on acreage I don’t have that problem. Although the girls get in the way sometime.
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    Any one used parcel forwarding?

    I’ve only used one from USA to Australia they turned out to be a real rip off. Although it was probably the different terminology that got me. I asked them to consolidate all my small packages (medical supplies) in to one, my idea was that my box of 50 dressings/plasters would go in the same box as some eye cream I bought, but no, their idea was posting both parcels out together at the same time was consolidating. So I had a huge box with a tiny tube of eye cream. I think that first order cost me $150. ‘The second time I wasn’t going to make that same mistake but that time they got me because they said it needed hazmat handling (hand wash) and charged me a fortune. They also made you pay import duty and went off the invoices inside the box. Have you a family member you could send things to and then ship them over? I know hubby does that and I think Parcel Monkey costs him around $120 for a 20kg parcel (pre Covid)
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    Netflix & Stan

    I hope so.
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    Retuning to London with a dog

    I agree, my dachshund stays by my side when I go unconscious and will sit next to me or on me and bark to alert someone. She has become my assistance dog and trained herself. She is there for me always. I would never dream of leaving her. In fact when I’m in hospital I FaceTime her daily. ‘Yes I know that people are not supposed to anthropomorphize but I think everyone with a pet does.
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    Netflix & Stan

    Currently watching the third season of the Sinner.
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    Netflix & Stan

    Love the blacklist, shame about the final episode.
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    Good agent contact info

    Hi @wesleyn welcome to the forum. We have over 300 migration agents on the forum but the ones who are very helpful and offer free advice are @wrussell @Raul Senise @paulhand You will find a large number of our members have used their services in the last 10+ years and all have been happy. The main thing is to check they are a registered agent.
  11. Just a reminder Applications must be received by 5pm Friday (AEST), 26 June 2020. The requirements to be working for 12 months in a regional area to be eligible have been removed. https://www.business.nsw.gov.au/live-and-work-in-nsw/visas-and-immigration/skilled-work-regional-visa-subclass-491
  12. I should think so as well, although I can’t believe he is free after such a gruesome murder. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/australia-deports-uk-murder-christopher-clark-jones-queensland-a9572281.html A British man jailed for the brutal murder and decapitation of a homeless teenager in Australia has been deported back to the UK after serving 15 years of a life sentence. Christopher Clark Jones, 36, was convicted in 2007 of killing 17-year-old Morgan Shepherd, in what Australia’s home affairs minister described as “one of the most vicious murders Queensland has ever seen”. In a trial that shocked the nation, a court heard that the teenager was attacked during a drunken argument at a Brisbane home by Jones and a mutual friend, James Roughan. He was stabbed 133 times, before his head was cut off. His body was found in a shallow grave in bushland days later in April 2005, with his severed head left on a nearby tree stump. Witnesses told Brisbane’s Supreme Court that they heard the two men casually brag about the murder at a gathering.
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    Making connections for arrival Cairns

    Hi @Cairns35 Cairns is a wonderful place. I lived there for many years and would go back in a heartbeat Trinity Beach is lovely. My son lived in Trinity Park, we lived in the Valley.