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  1. Skani

    Please help! Can't decide where to live.

    I like the areas south of Hobart - known as "the Channel" and the Huon Valley. But prices have risen along with Hobart in the last few years so I don't know if it will be much cheaper. In the other direction you could look at Dodges Ferry, Brighton or New Norfolk. However the viability of operating a small business in those areas is quite another matter. I don't know the real estate market in Launceston well but if you search for 'Greater Launceston" in https://www.realestate.com.au/buy you will find properties in smaller towns such as Longford or George Town.
  2. Skani

    What spider is that ?

    Check out this info from the Australian Museum: https://australianmuseum.net.au/learn/animals/spiders/huntsman-spiders/
  3. Skani

    Permanent Residency Queries

    A child born in Australia now acquires Australian citizenship by birth only if at least one parent was an Australian citizen or permanent resident at the time of birth. If he were still living in Australia on his 10th birthday he would automatically acquire Australian citizenship. To gain citizenship before that your son would have to be included on any application for citizenship you might make.
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    Must do things in Tasmania during a short trip

    If you can spend some time on the Tasman Peninsular this wilderness cruise is worthwhile considering. I have heard people say this was the highlight of their Tasmanian trip: https://www.tasmancruises.com.au/ Also I meant to add - because it will be almost winter when you arrive there may sometimes be road restrictions or closures due to ice or snow. It would be worthwhile bookmarking these websites which will advise of these: https://www.police.tas.gov.au/community-alerts/ https://www.hobartcity.com.au/Community/kunanyi-Mt-Wellington/Pinnacle-Road-current-road-status Also, there are lots of native wildlife on the roads at night and dusk and dawn so it is advisable not to drive at these times. Road kill in Tasmania is horrendous.
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    Must do things in Tasmania during a short trip

    OK. So these are the 10 most visited tourist attractions: - Salamanca Market, MONA, Mt. Wellington, the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery (TMAG) i in Hobart, Port Arthur Historic site and Tasman Arch on the Tasman Peninsular (about one and a half hours south east of Hobart), Cataract Gorge in Launceston and Cradle Mountain on the northwest coast (although Cradle Mountain is probably a bit far for this trip). More details here: https://www.discovertasmania.com.au/about/top-ten MONA is a very eclectic museum and art gallery - not to everyone's taste - but the building itself is interesting, it has some good restaurants/wine bars and the trip up the river from the city on its private ferries is a pleasant way to see Hobart. For history In Hobart I would add a walk around Battery Point - the original suburb just up the hill from Salamanca Place - including Narryna, a house museum https://www.narryna.com.au/ For food: as well as Salamanca on Saturday there is a farmer's market on Sunday morning until 1 pm. http://farmgatemarket.com.au/ For history and food - Richmond village about 30 minutes outside Hobart. Many wineries in the area. :http://www.richmondvillage.com.au/ A few miles further on from Richmond I'd also recommend Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary which does very valuable rescue and conservation work with Tasmanian native animals. https://www.bonorong.com.au/ The Wall in the Wilderness was mentioned. http://thewalltasmania.com.au/ That's on the road to the west coast. You could visit the Salmon Ponds, Mt. Field National Park (including Russell Falls) on the way and continue to Lake St. Clair. In the Launceston area I'd also recommend the historic Woolmers Estate https://www.woolmers.com.au/ , the little village of Evandale and the Tamar Valley - which has many wineries and eating places. Lots of information about self drive itineraries to various areas here: https://www.discovertasmania.com.au/what-to-do/self-drive
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    Must do things in Tasmania during a short trip

    So are you arriving and departing Hobart? 5 days is too short to cover the whole state so I'm just trying to work out which areas would be the best use of your time.
  7. Skani

    Must do things in Tasmania during a short trip

    Where are you arriving and departing? That will help us to make useful suggestions. Also, what kind of things are you interested in?
  8. Skani

    Starting Out in Sydney?

    There are schools in Sydney offering the International Baccalaureate: this may help if your son transferred to a similar school on your return to the UK. https://bettereducation.com.au/Resources/IBSchools.aspx?state=nsw General information on cost of living in Sydney - by multiple contributors: (don't live in Sydney myself so can't vouch for its accuracy) https://www.expatistan.com/cost-of-living/sydney These websites will give an idea of rental costs in different areas: https://www.realestate.com.au/rent/ https://www.domain.com.au/?mode=rent
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    British pension

    You have to be resident in Australia to claim the age pension. Eligibility conditions are here: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/age-pension/eligibility
  10. Drone nerds can be a bit obsessive though. My son in law is one of those - and a night owl. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if he told me he'd been out testing a drone at night. It wasn't him though - he definitely hasn't been out of Hobart lately.
  11. Skani

    How many EOI

    This may be helpful: (from https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/research-and-stats/files/report-migration-program-2017-18.pdf p. 10)
  12. And if you are having trouble locating the "report" button (which is not immediately obvious) - it's the little arrow icon at the top right hand corner of every post.
  13. And don't patronise any of his hotels - including the Dorchester in London.
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    About Property Taxes

    Council rates are paid on all properties. Rates are set by local councils so vary according to which where the property is located. Land tax can also be applied to properties: this is a state regulation so varies between states. I'm not sure of other states but in Tasmania land tax is payable on property which is not your main residence.
  15. I assume you are referring to Queensland - not Melbourne?
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    Primary school age children moving from UK to Aus

    As pointed out, the Australian curriculum and education system is completely different. Why would the European/UK system not place him with his age peers if he returns? Cut off dates vary between states so it is not an "Australian" cut off date. However, if you know you would be living in NSW then it is the relevant one for your son.
  17. Skani

    Hello from tonyman

    We just wanted you to feel at home....
  18. Skani

    Hello from tonyman

    Your youngest (twins) were still quite little when you were last on here: they must be getting close to teenagers now?
  19. Skani

    Hello from tonyman

    Hi Tonyman....I was wondering about you only the other day. Are you still in Perth? Not sure how many "originals" are still around from way back when. Maybe a handfull?
  20. Skani

    Bring Back Abbott ?

    And he was born in London....so they'd have to let him in.
  21. Skani

    Moving to Sydney with 2 Young children

    Do you know where in Sydney you will be working? Commuting can be very difficult and will be an important factor in choosing where to live.
  22. Skani

    How is Trump doing so far?

    That's a completely false argument. They are not subscribing to the thing they hate i.e Trump: they are seeking to understand what is going on from those who are closest to it. I read some NYT and Washington Post articles at that time - probably for the first time ever. I even thought of subscribing (there was a limit on free articles) but decided thaI I didn't really have the spare time to make it worthwhile.
  23. Skani

    How is Trump doing so far?

    Not a long bow at all. The surge in subscriptions started immediately after his election. Many were from overseas subscribers trying to understand how the USA could elect such a cretin.
  24. Skani

    How is Trump doing so far?

    Have no idea what sort of strange "logic" leads you to that conclusion. The "Trump bump" is caused by media consumers thinking "WTF is going on in the US? We need some intelligent and rational analysis". I don't follow his popularity charting but the last I heard his disapproval rating in the US is higher than his approval rating.
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    How is Trump doing so far?

    Pay attention: I said "they may not love him personally" .................. but GGS is correct in writing So they love him for the financial boost he has given them.