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    Almost 1 year here in WA & we will be heading home....

    So sorry it hasn't worked out for you all and wishing you all the best on your return! Can I ask why your returning as not been on Poms for a bit but came across your thread and remembered you from a few years ago. We've all settled in quite well in Helensvale,Queensland and have been here just over two years now. We went back to Derby for two weeks in July this year(miserable weather whilst there!) visiting LA and NYC en-route and as nice as it was seeing family,friends and shopping(so-cheap) couldn't wait to get back on that plane to Aus and some Sun!! Again good luck and at least you can say you tried but wasn't for you....x
  2. I know no one will care but I'm gutted UKnova(UK-tv download torrent website!)is no more! It has ceased to be! UKnovas expired and gone to meet 'is maker! UKnovas a stiff! Bereft of life, rest in peace!!.. So have to rely on Pirate Bay from now on!! It closed down due to some legal loophole and wasn't prepared to fight the case in court!! Boo-Hoooo....At least I can still watch the old Wanted-down-unders, there good for a laugh!!... http://www.uknova.com/wsgi/index
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    Last to post in this thread WINS!

    Have I won???...LOL..
  4. Forgot to attach these of Ferra Eng!! Good Luck.... http://www.boeing.com/aboutus/supplier_of_the_year/soy2011_gallery.html http://www.defence.gov.au/dmo/Newsitems/17May12_Minister_visits_Brisbane.cfm
  5. Hi Dangreen and Heywood Monkey!! Guess what I,m a CNC miller and have worked at Ferra(Brisbane) since I came over from Derby, Uk nearly two years ago with my family(2-boys,10 and 17) I came over as a first class metal machinist(176-visa) with no job and went round cold calling after being here a few days and got offered three jobs at BDGT, Eastall Eng and Ferra and because like yourself I worked at a company in Derby that did Rolls Royce sub-contract work thought the Ferra option the best option. Sure Ferras got itself a bit of a reputation in the past as a hire/fire place but we just can,t get any decent qualified machinist at present but I feel the place has turned the corner now and our client base is mainly export to Lockheed Martin(JSF-F35 parts) and Boeing commercial(spares for 737,747,757,767) and also the Australian airforce(black hawk helicopters) I love the work,really interesting and also guess what its full of Poms, some Indians,NZ,phlippines,South Africans and even some locals!! The atmosphere is really upbeat and happy at the moment as we,ve just won Boeing International supplier of the Year(2011) which itself is no-mean fete and one we are all very proud of!!. Ourselves have settled in great as we live in Helensvale on the Gold Coast and the downside is I travel 130km(80miles!) round trip a day to and from work but what few CNC jobs that are available down here pay approx $5 less an hour and aren't Aerospace. SurfersParadise and Broadwater are 15mins down the road and theres all the Theme parks round here aswell for our kids(Wet,n,Wild,Movie World,Dream World and Sea World) Missed family and friends for the first few months but then started to really enjoy everything that Aus has got to offer. If your prepared to work hard the rewards are great I,ve found here!! If anyone on this thread wants any advice feel free to PM me with your Questions and good luck Dangreen and Nollie in your pursuits.....
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    Last to post in this thread WINS!

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    Last to post in this thread WINS!

    Have I won???????????????????
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    Wanted Down Under series!

    Still enjoy watching the shows even though we've been 'down-under' for 17-months now on the Gold-Coast and have really settled in to the Aussie way of life after the initial first couple of months!! Just wondered if anyone knows where abouts 'the Cliffs' from Leeds settled down in the end and if there on PIO? Thought they were a really nice family and I want to buy him a beer!! LOL...
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    Wanted Down Under series!

    Hi Dougans, glad to see you,ve come back to Aus! Hope everythings going O.K and your settled now. Yes you can watch 'Wanted Down Under' in Aus, we download it from either UKnova or Piratebay onto the computer,transfer it to a portable harddrive then watch it on the T.V through a Western Digital 'media player box' which to be hoest has been a life-saver when it comes to watchin the box as you know Aus T.V is'nt the best in the world!! Hope this helps and let us know how you go on if you go down this route, cheers,Dave,Debs and the boys...
  11. <p>Wow not long now then! I noticed Perths temps have shot up this week......30degs! Nice <img src="<fileStore.core_Emoticons>/emoticons/smile.png" alt=":)" srcset="<fileStore.core_Emoticons>/emoticons/smile@2x.png 2x" width="20" height="20" /> All the best with your move. Keep intouch xxx</p>

  12. <p>Hi there was wondering how you were doing <img src="<fileStore.core_Emoticons>/emoticons/smile.png" alt=":)" srcset="<fileStore.core_Emoticons>/emoticons/smile@2x.png 2x" width="20" height="20" /> where are you heading to? We've been on the gold coast for overa year now and really enjoying it xx</p>

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    cant decide Brisbane or Gold Coast

    Hi Edwards, I live in Helensvale itself and leave for Tingalpa(South Brisbane) at 5am everyday and arrive approx 5.45 in my car everyday(63 kilometres or 38miles!) I go on the M1 then onto the Gateway and get of just before crossing the river. The motorway at that time is moving pretty steady all the way up until Logan where you get slight congestion due to on-going roadworks(80kmh) but then speeds up again to 100kmh. I see quite a few bikes making the trip up north but like anywhere its just being wary of the other vehicles around you as your allowed to Undertake over here which when pulling to an inside lane can be quite hair-raising at times and nearly come a crooper meself! You do literally need eyes in the back of your head!! P.S Have been in Helensvale for over a year now all settled in great and would reccomend this place to anyone especially families its great to have the beach,Movieworld,Seaworld,Wet,n,Wild,Dreamworld all on your doorstep and all of The Beautiful Beaches of the Gold-Coast and of course loads of Shopping Malls everywhere.!! Anybody wanting any info on Helensvale P.M us and I,l be glad to reply!!!,Dave,Debs,Will(17) and Theo(10)....
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    Helensvale and robina

    Hi all, another reason to come to Helensvale especially if your children are in to sports is the success stories of the last couple of weeks of a couple of former pupils who went to the Helensvale High School and represented Australia in there respective sports! This Monday(21st Sept) they are having a parade on the Gold Coast for Sammy Stosur such is her popularity over here.! Here are some of there sucesses.... http://www.goldcoast.com.au/article/2011/09/12/348681_gold-coast-lead-story.html http://www.goldcoast.com.au/article/2011/09/05/346591_gold-coast-news.html
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    Anyone from Derby, UK?

    Ay Up! We have been living on the Gold Coast just over a year now........very happy here too! Between us we lived in Breadsall, Chester Green, Alvaston, Wilmorton, Mickleover, Darley Abbey, Allestree. Happy in all those places but even happier to be living on The Gold Coast :yes:
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    Where to live around goldcoast??????

    Been living in Helensvale just over a year! Kids aged 9 and 16 settled at schools straight away with no probs at all. We are all very happy with Helensvale
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    Arrived gold coast August 2011.

    Welcome to the gold coast! We've been here just over a year now. Living in helensvale and finding it is great for families. Debsx
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    Arriving Bris/Gold Coast Early September

    Hi all.....we've been living in Helensvale on the Gold Coast for just over a year now ....loving it and settling in nicely Wishing you guys all the best! Debsx and boys
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    Helensvale and robina

    Hi Deb Our eldest plays soccer 2 evenings a week, weekends he prob stays at a friends to watch Sport on TV all night :wacko: rest of the week he is mainly at home .......tinternetting etc!! The Primary School is lovely Theo settled there straight away as did Will at the High School :biggrin: debsx
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    Helensvale and robina

    Hi Giggle! We to live in Helensvale and have been here for exactly a year today.We absolutely love the place having come from Derby in the Midlands and have two boys 17 and 10 who both go to the local primary and state schools here in Helensvale which are great as they have both settled in well and made some good friends. With Helensvale being so close to the beaches,motorway(I work up in South Brisbane) and Theme parks its ideal as theres always somewhere to go at weekends. We,ve had our ups and downs in the earlier months overhere but now is feeling more like home now. A word of warning though we looked at about 15 rentals in Helensvale and found about half of them pretty messy,untidy not what we expected though which really surprised us!! We stayed in a short-term accomadation(3-weeks,4-bed) in Upper-Coomera when we came to basically get set up i.e house rentals,cars,jobs which was just the right time needed. Let us know if you decide to settle here and any advice on Helensvale feel free to PM us,cheers,Dave,Debs,Will and Theo..
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    is it nice in australia today

    Hi everyone and Sh7t-Man!!! We,ve been in Helensvale on the Gold Coast now for nearly 6-months now and we,re all starting to really embrace everything Aus has to offer us Poms! Especially the weather(34-degs on car temp gauge at 5pm!!! whilst visiting Hungry Jacks)and that was on a slightly overcast day too!! But must admit the weather has been very mixed espeically with all the storms we,ve been having in and around Brissie of late.I work just south of Brisbane and commute 130-k round trip during the week leaving here at 5am and go through some amazing weather fronts on the M1-motorway(one minute bone dry,next minute almost cyclonic,then back to bone-dry!!!) But I would,nt swop Helensvale for Derby(UK) in a million years and wished me and my family had come over years ago!! Cheers everyone!,(Dave 45,Debs 44,Will 17 and Theo 9)
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    Wanted down under

    Hi everyone! Great thread and very interesting to read everybodies views on the present seris! We emigrated to Helensvale,Gold Coast end of August 2010 and have expierienced the 'ups and downs' of a move down-under but all of us feel really settled here now.It seems really strange watching the seris in Australia as we download it from UKnova which is a great website to get all your British progs that your missing being 'down-under' but I must say that we're really enjoying them all,especially the Cliff family from Leeds!!One thing they don,t point out is how exspensive 2nd hand cars are even though fuel is cheaper,the Rego you have to fork out too!That was one exspence we did,nt allow for when we came over here. Look forward to watching the'Wells Family' one when it,s on Dave,Debs,Will(17) and Theo(9)
  23. Hi there!! Are you the guy who stands in 'The'Beach' end with your black pompey shirt on?? My son Will says he spoke to you at a recent game there,we're Derby County fans and living in Helensvale! Hope they raise a lot for the flood victims at tonights game. Will,my partner Debs and me went to help out at St Lucia last week and it was horrendous!! Anyway 'Up the Gold Coast' and enjoy the game,cheers,Dave.
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    Can't Decide But Must!

    We spent £7k on a reccie to NZ 2 1/2 yrs ago........we are now in Australia

    <p>Hi tasha</p>

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    <p>they have better weather in WA!! lol</p>

    <p>infact the temps there seem to get really high..... regulary over 30degrees!! Mmmm nice <img src="<fileStore.core_Emoticons>/emoticons/smile.png" alt=":)" srcset="<fileStore.core_Emoticons>/emoticons/smile@2x.png 2x" width="20" height="20" /></p>

    <p>well we let Qld know we had arrived and to be honest we could be anywhere in Oz now!! Luckily we like it here ......... but can't wait to explore other states!!</p>

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    <p>All the best with your new addition to the family.</p>

    <p>Take care and keep intouch</p>