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    Prawn Cocktail Crisps Australia

    Yes, I know, third world matters, but I just saw on the grapevine that Aldi are now stocking Prawn Cocktail Crisps. I’m not sure if they will taste as good as walkers, mind you my favourite were seabrook crinkle cut prawn cocktail.
  2. Ok I have been asked to start a thread by a couple of members now. This thread is for members who have returned back to the UK (or any other country) and are happy with their decision, it's the stories of their ups and downs and successes and how returning to the UK has improved their lifestyle etc. Warning - Any negative comments on this thread will be deleted, if we miss one just hit the report button. Off topic posts will not be tolerated. If you are happy in Australia please post and share your experience here
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    Where to retire in Australia

    The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) recently published population estimates by age and sex which provides a timely opportunity to look at the housing market performance of those council area’s nationally which are most popular with over 65’s. Queenscliffe in Victoria was the council region that had the highest proportion of residents aged over 65 years of age at the end of June 2016. Although Queenscliffe has relatively few residents overall (2,904), 40.3% of the council area’s residents were at least 65 years old. The accompanying list highlights the 50 council areas nationally with the highest proportion of residents aged at least 65 years of age. What is immediately noticeable is that not one of these 50 council areas is located within a capital city. In fact, if you list all councils nationally by their proportion of residents aged at least 65, the first capital city area listed is Holdfast Bay in Adelaide with 23.1% of its residents at least 65 years old. Council areas within New South Wales and South Australia also dominate the list with each of these states having 13 entries on the list. A further feature of the list is that these retiree-centric council areas tend to have significantly lower median house values than the individual state capital city housing markets. This may be due to retirees moving to areas where housing is more affordable in order to free-up capital for them to enjoy their retirement, it could also be out of necessity due to the high cost of housing within most capital cities. The locations are also likely to be linked to lifestyle preferences, with a large number of the top council areas located in regional coastal areas. Looking at the value growth performance for houses across these top 50 regions, the data shows that generally the rate of growth has been lower than that of the larger capital cities. 31 of the 50 council areas listed have seen house values rise over the past year. The small council area of Quairading in Western Australia’s Wheat Belt region has seen the greatest growth over the year (+21.5%) followed by Shoalhaven in New South Wales (+15.3%). Of those council areas that have recorded house value falls over the past year, the greatest falls have been recorded in Mount Remarkable in South Australia (-7.1%) and Flinders in Tasmania (-5.2%).
  4. Ok I have been asked to start a thread by a couple of members now. This thread is for members who have moved to Australia and love it here, it's the stories of their ups and downs and successes and how living in Australia has improved their lifestyle etc. Warning - Any negative comments on this thread will be deleted, if we miss one just hit the report button.
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    Dog and Cat Foster Carers

    We do have a few members who find themselves in the position of having to a) Leave their pets in the UK b)Leave their pets in Australia for a short period of time before they ship them over to join the rest of the family. We also have families who may not be able to afford sending their pet and come up with the decision to sell/adopt to another family. Once they have done this they may realise the move isn’t for them and return home after a few months and regret parting with their furry friend. Another example is people who may want to import a dog from a specific breeder overseas but need them to stay with someone to do the quarantine side. If any members would be interested in being a foster parent please add your name below, stating whether you would prefer a dog or cat, small or large breed, puppy or adult and how long you can keep them for, ie 2 weeks - 6 months etc. Please note any agreement/payment you come to would be between you and the owner and I suggest getting something in writing. ‘It could work for both parties, those who want to care for a dog temporarily, those who may move around themselves and can’t adopt their own dog as they can’t provide them with a long term commitment, those who need emergency help etc.
  6. Now I do not want this thread turning in to a V's thread but thought it may be a good place to have advice for new arrivals, for example: 1) You have to park in the same direction as the flow of traffic. 2) Manchester is not the place in the UK it is a name for bedding and towels 3) Flybys is a loyalty reward card https://www.flybuys.com.au/flybuys/content
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    Photos from your garden

    I can’t remember if we have had a similar thread but I thought it would be nice to share photos of our gardens and flowers. Here are some of the flowers growing in one of our garden beds closest to the house. Can anyone help identify them. Sent using Poms in Oz mobile app
  8. What if the father refused her leave to remove the child? What happens then? A SYDNEY mum says her one-year-old baby will be "torn apart" from his Australian family in less than two months' time unless she is able to raise $75,000 to prevent being deported to the Czech Republic. Alenka S, who asked not to use her full surname, said she had exhausted all of her options to stay in the country with her son Oliver after a work visa sponsorship fell through, with the "last resort" being a costly parent visa. She now has around 40 days before her current student visa expires and she is forced to return home, separating Oliver from his father, grandparents and great-grandparents. "Our family is desperate," said the 37-year-old, who has been in the country for the five years and currently works as a pilates teacher and fitness trainer. "If I have to leave most likely I will have to take Oliver with me. This could traumatise him for the rest of his life. Our family will be torn apart, we won't know when we are going to see each other again. Oliver will lose a parent and potentially a whole family." According to a breakdown of costs from Alenka's immigration lawyer, she would need to apply for first a temporary parent visa and then a permanent parent visa for a total of $51,420 - not including legal fees. Because Alenka has separated from Oliver's father, she is unable to apply for the much cheaper partner visa, which costs around $7000. But as the process can take up to three years, she would first need to go the Administrative Appeals Tribunal to seek an extension of her current visa, at a cost of $10,291. The total cost for the entire process is estimated at $74,711, including $16,000 in legal fees, according to a YouCaring fundraising page set up by one of Alenka's friends. Alenka will be forced to leave the country in just over a month. "When I contacted my [immigration] agent, he said you can't apply for another student visa because you've been in Australia for quite a long time and they've made the rules really strict, and because you have a child most likely they wouldn't agree to extend for another one-and-a-half years," she said. Having a child who is an Australian citizen "unfortunately doesn't give me the right to stay", she added. "I respect that, because otherwise there would probably be lots of people coming in and having a baby here," she said. "I respect the law in Australia, I'm not trying to say it's too hard or there should be a change or anything, we just unfortunately don't have that big amount of money which is required. We are all average working people." Alenka said Oliver's Australian family was "counting down the days" until separation. "They all love him, but if we have to leave it would be really difficult for us to see them," she said. "I would have to return back to my country and start a new life there. He's only one year old so travelling for him would be really difficult. His father is working hard so for him it's also difficult, it's so far away." Alenka said if she ended up raising more money than necessary, she would donate it to an "organisation that helps other Aussie kids in a similar situation". "I really like people in Australia, I met lots of great friends here and people who are willing to help, they are very nice. I like to be part of the community," she said. Immigration lawyer Erskine Rodan OAM, chairman of the Law Council of Australia's Migration Law Committee, said the costs seemed about right. "The father doesn't want to lodge an application for a partner visa, [so] there's no immediate visa available to her," he said, describing Alenka's situation as unusual. "In the olden days before 1989 you had a visa that would let someone stay on compassionate grounds. There is no actual visa for this situation, that's why it's such a spiderweb. "There is a parent visa for younger people but you have to be overseas when you apply, [there is another for which] you can be here [when you apply] but you have to have some other visa allowing you to stay here." Mr Rodan said the large processing fees were brought in 15 years ago under then Attorney-General Philip Ruddock as a way of ensuring contributed to their Medicare costs. "The government gets about $3 billion a year from application fees," he said. "That'll go up."
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    Photos of Queensland

    Continuing from the Tasmania photo thread I thought we could have one in Queensland. I know a few members are great with their camera and take excellent photos so I'm hoping they will join in. A few that spring to mind are @Johndoe @Bobj Cape Hillsborough- North of Mackay
  10. Some people really are sick, where do they get the pleasure in this. PARENTS are being warned about a disturbing new WhatsApp “suicide” game that is feared to have claimed the life of a 12-year-old girl. Police forces in several countries have expressed concern about Momo, which is similar to the Blue Whale 'challenge' that led to reports of 130 suicides in Russia. Momo is the name of a social media account with a presence on networks such as WhatsApp, Facebook and YouTube. According to the Computer Crime Investigation Unit in the Mexican state of Tabasco, the game started in a Facebook where members were 'challenged' to communicate with an unknown number. Several users are reported as saying that Momo responded with violent images and players are threatened if they refuse to follow the game's "orders". https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/6922459/momo-whatsapp-suicide-challenge-parents-girl-death-argentina/
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    PetAir UK - Pet Travel Service

    Bob at PetAir http://www.petairuk.com/ has teamed up with Pomsinoz to bring you all the ins and outs on shipping your loved ones to the other side of the world. As Bob is a qualified vet I am sure he will also be happy to answer any other worries or concerns you may have during this process. Bob can also explain all the latest updates in regards to the rabies vaccination etc. To ask Bob a question please visit his forum at http://www.pomsinoz.com/forum/shipping-pets-ask-pet-air/
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    Investors moving to Australia

    The Investor stream of subclass 188 allows individuals with an overall successful record of eligible investment or qualifying business activity to move to Australia with their immediate family. The main qualifying requirements are that the main visa applicant must: Be younger than 55 years of age – though a state or territory can waive this requirement if the proposed business or investment activity will be of exceptional economic benefit. Score at least 65 on the applicable points test. Have a high level of management skill in relation to eligible investments or qualifying business activity. Have at least three years’ experience of direct involvement in managing one or more qualifying businesses or eligible investments. Have a genuine and realistic commitment to continuing the business or investment activity in Australia after the original investment has matured. Have (individually, or combined with the main visa applicant’s partner or spouse) total assets of at least A$2.25 million for the two fiscal years immediately before being invited to apply for the visa by the Department of Immigration. These assets must have been legally acquired and able to be legally transferred to Australia within two years of the visa being granted. Have an overall successful record of eligible investment or qualifying business activity with no involvement in unacceptable activities. Be prepared to make an Australian Government approved Designated Investment of A$1.5 million, using funds accumulated from direct involvement – for at least one of the five fiscal years before you are invited to apply for the visa – in one of the following activities: Managing eligible investments that total at least A$1.5 million Managing a qualifying business in which the visa applicant owned at least 10% of the equity Note: A Designated Investment is an interest paying Bond issued by a State or Territory Government in Australia, which is arranged as the final stage in the visa application process. The 188 visa is a provisional or temporary residency visa, which allows individuals holding such a visa to be in a very attractive tax position – as discussed more fully here. It has a validity of 4 years, and before the expiry of the visa another visa must be applied for – this is usually the subclass 888 permanent residency visa, which is available once the Designated Investment has been maintained for 4 years. Requirements for the subclass 888 permanent residency visa are discussed here. Copyright of GM Investors – a division of Go Matilda Visas and GM Tax – brings together significant knowledge and experience in the areas of Australian visa strategy and tax planning.
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    Australia’s Property Crash

    They have said this for years and that property is going to take a dive. In fact I think they have said it for the last 15 years. THERE’S no relief in sight for Australian property owners as experts warn house prices will continue to tumble well into next year. According to Morgan Stanley’s latest forecast, property prices could plummet by up to 15 per cent — meaning we’re now facing the biggest drop in decades. In fact, the organisation’s forward-looking housing model has dropped to the lowest level ever recorded. “We struggle to see improvement in any of our components over the next year, with pre-existing headwinds of net supply, an RBA on hold and sustained focus on lending standards, all independent of potential negative gearing/capital gains tax changes,” Morgan Stanley said in the report. “We now see a 10-15 per cent peak to trough decline in real house prices, from 5-10 per cent previously, which would mark the largest decline since the early 1980s. “This downgrade largely reflects the downturn’s extended length, as we expect the relatively orderly declines to date will continue.” Some of the drivers behind the trend are an oversupply of new apartments thanks largely to the “East Coast apartment boom” as well as a drop in net migration, which have combined to cause supply to outstrip demand. But it’s not just Morgan Stanley making a grim property prediction. CoreLogic figures released earlier this month found values had dropped by 2.7 per cent across Australia in September, with Sydney home prices down 6.1 per cent and Melbourne down 3.4 per cent. Last month, ANZ announced its predication that house prices would remain weak into 2020, while in June, ANZ and Macquarie both predicted a Sydney house price fall of 10 per cent. And NAB’s newly-released Quarterly Australian Residential Property Survey also found confidence in the market among real estate agents had “dipped to new lows”, predicting the house price would continue over the next 18 to 24 months. Starr Partners chief executive Doug Driscoll told news.com.au Morgan Stanley’s prediction was not “inconceivable”. “As much as I don’t want to see that happen, it’s not inconceivable that it could happen,” he said.
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    Merry Christmas

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    Merry Christmas

    Cerberus and myself would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas to you and your families and I hope 2019 makes all your dreams come true. Thank you for being part of the Pomsinoz Family. Hugs Kate
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    Australia’s Best Fish and Chip Award

    To be honest, I’ve struggled to find a really good fish and chip shop, I think the fish itself is amazing, but the chips are the same wherever you go, I think they all use frozen chips. Although saying that even homemade ones can taste rubbish so I think it depends on what potatoes are in season and what oil is used. What is your favourite fish? I like Barramundi. I had mullet for the first time a few days ago and enjoyed that. Judged Awards New South Wales & Australian Capital Territory Beach Street Seafoods Northern Territory Frying Nemo Queensland Fish & Chips Co South Australia Stunned Mullet Tasmania Tasmanian Gourmet Seafood Victoria Blu by Australian Seafood People’s Choice Awards New South Wales & Australian Capital Territory Pelican Rocks Seafood Restaurant and Café Northern Territory Frying Nemo Queensland Fresh Coral Seafoods South Australia Sotos Fish Shop Tasmania Fraggles Fish and Chips Victoria Seafood on Evans Western Australia
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    Mt Eliza _ Melbourne Suburbs

    Mount Eliza Mt Eliza is 48km from Melbourne CBD or 7km to Frankston which is the largest town close by and has the train station taking you to the City. The population of Mt Eliza is around 18,000. 77% of which are Australians born and bred, 12% are from the UK. Mount Eliza is both a seaside town and an outer suburb of Melbourne, situated between Frankston and Mornington. The area offers its residents spectacular views and a friendly communal atmosphere. Its coastline is generally comprised of rugged cliffs, although there are some sandy beaches that offer fantastic swimming spots. The suburb is popular with retirees, as it is not far from the city, and it is also close to the spectacular Mornington Country Golf Club. Property Rentals Whilst there are some stunning properties in Mt Eliza rentals are hard to find. A 3 bed will set you back around $480pw and a 4 bed around $620pw http://www.realestate.com.au/rent/in-mount+eliza,+vic+3930/list-1 For Sale Mt Eliza properties are always in high demand, you won't find many new builds here, only older established homes. A 3 bed house to buy will be around $730,000 and a 4 bed will just be under the million mark. This is current in Feb 2016. http://www.realestate.com.au/buy/in-Mount%20Eliza,%20VIC%203930/list-1 Shopping The commercial centre of town surrounds the intersection of Mount Eliza Way and Canadian Bay Road. Here there are boutique shops and cafes, including the ever-popular cafe on the Mount. There is also a large IGA supermarket and a Woolworths. The main shops can be found 7km in Frankston Mt Eliza Farmers Market The market is held once a month within the Village Green, right in the heart of Mount Eliza. Depending on the season, shoppers will find both organic and conventionally grown vegetables, stone fruit, berries, free-range eggs, meat, smallgoods, bread, boutique beers and wine. There are hot food stalls and free entertainment. Schools Families will find there are also plenty of schools, including a campus of the Melbourne Business School, the highly reputable Peninsula School, four primary schools and the Mount Eliza Secondary College. Melbourne Business School Secondary schools The Peninsula School Toorak College Mount Eliza Secondary College Primary schools Kunyung Primary School Mount Eliza Primary School Mount Eliza North Primary School St. Thomas More Catholic Primary School Transport Mount Eliza is served by two major roadways, the Nepean Highway and Moorooduc Highway. The Melbourne bus routes 772, 773, 781, 784, 785 & 788 also serve the area. Recreational Parks The Mount Eliza Regional Park, accessed via Two Bays Road, incorporates the former Moorooduc Quarry and offers views across the surrounding plains. At the southern end of the park is a lake with picnic areas and a playground. The Mornington Tourist Railway, which offers steam train rides, has its Moorooduc station located adjacent to the park.
  18. I would like to apologise to the membership for my delayed announcement. As I’m sure most of you are aware John got married and started a new family and rather than all of us causing him sleepless nights it will be night time feeds and changing nappies taking our place. John has been the face of Moneycorp on the forum for many years, more than I can remember and I know lots of us have had the pleasure in meeting with him in person at the Pomsinoz Meet Ups which helped secure that trust and care he always showed out members. I don’t know if you will read this, but John, you were a great asset to Moneycorp and we all wish you well for the future. I know we have had a few members contact us about Johns account. To stop any confusion this account will now be closed and I will introduce your new contact on a separate post. I have heard he is excellent at his job and is very keen to get to know you all.
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    North Lakes / Mango Hill vs Springfield Lakes (Brisbane)

    Hi, I don’t know Mango Hill or Springfield Lakes for living. We visit both areas often enough. If you like the beach then the nicest one will be Redcliffe. If you like hustle and bustle, traffic and everything on your doorstep then again I think it would be Mango Hill, although it didnt have an excellent reputation I think with all the new buildings in North Lakes that probably vanished. ‘For me I like a quieter pace and much prefer around Springfield Lakes, you also have Augustine Lakes. You still have the shopping centre Orion which is lovely, the train to the city, etc. Or if you travelled another 20/30 minutes down the M2 you could probably have a 4 bed home on acreage for around $350k.
  20. I would like to introduce you all to @Anthony from Moneycorp Our new contact for Moneycorp. ‘If anyone has any questions about currency transfers or needs help with their account please feel free to let Anthony know.
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    Melton Mowbray Pie in Perth

    Please send it @Johndoe although if the pork all needs to be used in the same batch we may struggle unless the pie freezes fine as one that size would last me a year.
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    Melton Mowbray Pie in Perth

    Hubby loves the Cornish pasty, for me it was Pork Pie and Steak and Kidney Pudding.
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    Can you help the owner of the forum - My Mum

    You both know how I feel about this and yes as admin, I can also post on locked threads. However, I do realise the intentions and I would like to thank everyone for all your support these last few years. it wasn’t until I actually took a step back I could see it from an outsiders point of view. My family have had a part time Mum/wife and also as members I haven’t supported you all like I should be doing. ‘I have some work to do in the next couple of days on the forum, so I should be around but I think myself and @ali calculated my current word count per minute is one, although I think I may have improved since then. Then editing on top. So I won’t be very active until we can get on top of this swelling If I don’t get around to contacting you all privately, I would like to wish you all a Wonderful Christmas and hope that 2019 brings you lots of joy and happiness. Ps I believe @Squarepants has been trying to thank you all but I keep forgetting he can’t post on locked posts.
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    Melton Mowbray Pie in Perth

    @Cerberus1 has just sent me this Kev as I said I’d love a nibble of a pork pie and my son said I’ll bake you one, he then asked me how, and I’ve honestly no idea. Would you please mind sharing the recipe either here or via pm sometime. Or he is on here @Squarepants
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    Happy Birthday To The Pom Queen

    Thank you everyone.