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  1. No real wet areas in the downstairs area affected, this was a downstairs toilet, the full downstairs bathroom is in a raised part of the ground floor but yeah, if they'd put a drain in, for instance, the laundry that would've helped. It's an individually architect designed place, probably an oversight and an off-plan home would have had one! To be honest though I don't think a normal in-floor drain could've coped with the water flow, it was massive. Your experience was awful too, at least this was clean water!
  2. 2 Days ago I was woken by the dog wimpering at 3AM. I went downstairs to check on him and as I took the last step off the stairs my foot landed in 3cm of water, the whole ground floor of my house was flooded. It didn't take long to find the cause, water was gushing from under the sink in the downstairs bathroom, like a fountain, to a height of about 1m above the sink. The reason turned out to be a hole blown in the flexi hose that connects the tap to the plumbing, these are braided hoses which are used on pretty much all modern taps, I have a total of 14 of them in my house. This is the offending hose from my house – https://1drv.ms/i/s!AhesoQwXCo1Eg8Ixs0Wr8Ic-6EA2Jg So, the insurers sent a clean up crew to remove the water and dry the house, this will take several days and meanwhile we're in a hotel, lots of my furniture and carpets and other items are ruined and its a big pain in the arse. Thankfully my insurers, Suncorp, are being good so far. Thing is, the flood crew and the building assessors told me that the vast majority of the jobs they do are exactly like mine and much worse if the burst occurs upstairs, these flexi-hoses have a lifetime of "5-10" years. The flood guys recon the insurers are considering insisting owners replace these hoses regularly. Our place is about 10 years old, I'm going to have all the hoses replaced. Seems I'm not alone: https://www.budgetdirect.com.au/blog/how-a-10-pipe-can-cause-thousands-of-dollars-of-water-damage-to-your-home.html http://www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/flexible-braided-pipes-responsible-for-more-than-20-per-cent-of-water-damage-claims-20170503-gvy8l0.html https://www.theplumbette.com.au/plumbing/are-water-flexible-hoses/ Posting as a cautionary tale.
  3. freebo

    Where to go for anniversary meal in Brisbane

    Aria is very good - https://www.ariarestaurant.com/brisbane/
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    Coomera waters or north west Sydney suburbs

    I lived in Kellyville for a while and it is immense, unless you're right on the edge you can't really walk anywhere, no shops, no restaurants (unless you count the mean fiddler, shudder), just endless rolling hills of houses and the odd park. I think WPH is similar but not sure, it is cheap by Sydney standards though.
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    Coomera waters or north west Sydney suburbs

    Does he have job offers in both places? CW - I live across the river at Sanctuary Cove, mozzies are not a huge problem but define 'plenty to do', its not Las Vegas, they have a small town centre with a few shops, cafe's and (I think) a pub, its quite isolated too with the nearest bridge across the river several km's away basically its at the end of a cul-de-sac. In the 5 years I've lived nearby I've been there once, no real reason to. Lots to do here in SC but its more expensive. Maybe have a look at Hope Island but again its not exactly party-central. NW Syd, that's a big area, where do you mean? Maybe more to do but you'll get less for your money there. Mind you, I lived in Kellyville a long time ago and it was just a giant housing estate, not much to do there either, suburbia in Aus can be very, very quiet. Jobs are the key, start there.
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    What to wear to citizenship ceremony?

    Us too, felt it was right for us, our Australian mates who came said they were glad we'd made an effort and the pics looked good too.
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    Sunshine vs Gold Coast

    Good job we're all different! I don't much like Brisbane, esp the city, which I think is one of the poorer cities in Aus, shame I have to work there!
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    Sunshine vs Gold Coast

    Very true, I like the Sunshine Coast but I Love the Gold Coast, but don't judge it by Surfers Paradise, there are a huge number of suburbs and its only one, look instead at Currumbin, Broadbeach, Isle of Capri, Main Beach, Runaway Bay, Paradise Point (and that's only a few of the ones near the coast), inland you have Robina, Varsity Lakes, Pac Pines, Hope Island etc etc etc. Further inland you have the hinterland (or jungle as "I'm a celeb" calls it, its filmed near Springbrook), which is beautiful and a short drive from the beach. The Gold Coast is a big place, along about 50kms of wonderful beaches, its Australia's 6th biggest city, and the largest non-capital. SC is nice enough but a bit quiet for my tastes, except on a tourist weekend when its just as packed with interstate travellers as the GC. GC is also easier to get to Brisbane when you have to. I loved the description "Blackpool with sharks", and surfers is, but like the above, I rarely go to Surfers, and I've lived here twice, about 4 years each time.
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    Phones/ gps

    There is an Optus shop selling Sim cards inside the arrivals area just to your right at BNE international, if like me you just need to get connected ASAP, as someone else said it may not be the best deal but I usually find time to short to shop around when arriving in a new country.
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    anyone know more about the Mary Valley land sales?

    I'd never heard of it but thought I'd check it out. - Its lots of land for little money, building a house there would cost a bit due to material and labour transport costs I'd guess - S Coast hinterland is a lovely location but pretty isolated, fine if you want to start a farm and don't need to commute anywhere for work - Nearest I've visited is Eumundi, nice, quiet area - Why did the original farmers not want it back I wonder
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    Iphone 6

    Got a 6+ a few weeks back, seemed massive at first after my 5, now the 5 seems tiny. 6+ works well but it is large - biggest downside is its easy to tilt it a long way from mouth when talking due to its size but yeah, I'm happy enough with it.
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    Views on Shailer Park

    We drive through SP every day on the way to Brisbane from the North Gold Coast, I don't know the area from a residential point of view but that's where the traffic starts, so for us, 30km to SP takes about 20 mins, the remaining 30km to the city is a further 40 mins on an average day. I suppose my thoughts on SP are dominated by the freeway, its a busy old road & I wouldn't want to live too close to it. To answer some of your questions, yes the traffic is bad, really bad from 5AM to 9AM and all afternoon pretty much, transport links are the freeway but I think the express bus goes down to around Daisy Hill, nearest express train would be Beenleigh although we drive so I may be wrong.
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    Sunshine Coast or Auckland

    Rather than trying to qualify it I'll just say Sunshine Coast, by a mile, for me.
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    Update living on the Gold Coast 7 weeks now

    Yep, we owned a house in Oyster cove on Saltwater creek, lovely area. Now we live on a golf course (renting while we build in SC), not on water any more but we do have kangaroo's on the lawn and a golf buggy to drive to the pub in, sometimes you forget & just take it all for granted but it is a great area to live in.
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    Where Did You Stay When You First Arrived

    Meritons are great and you often can get a good rate.