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  1. reddebz

    Just arrived in Darwin

    Glad to hear you like it so far, we have just bought a house in Wulagi and cant believe its been nearly a year since we got here! Our son loves it too and has the accent now, so far Darwin has been the best place for us!
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    Creatures in Australia

    We had a snake outside our front door and had to remove it so that we could come and go. I was just about ready to pack up and go back to England!! When I told people here they just laughed and shrugged it off. I think if you go looking for creepy crawlies then you will find them, if you just get on with your day and dont focus too much on the 'nasties' then you will just enjoy being here as you should. And there are plenty of people here that will help you out with advice if you ask, I know I have sqeezed people for info on the local wildlife (mainly because I have a curious toddler) and they have been only too happy to advise.

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    <p><p>I've just added you as a friend, hope you don't mind? I'm from NZ but my husband has been offered a job in Darwin and, after a few weeks of lots of thinking and researching, I think we're going to take the plunge and go for it! We'll probably end up living in the Palmerston area (it seems to be where most people move to! lol) so I would love to be able to make some friends before we even get there. We have a 9 year old boy and a 6 year old girl. I hope to not have to work for the first wee while of being there, just so that we can get settled and the kids can get settled in school, etc. It would be great to have someone to chat to, have coffee with, etc, if & when we do get to Darwin.</p></p>

    <p><p>I'm sure I'll have lots of questions too so it would be great to have others to ask!</p></p>

    <p><p>Janine :cool:</p></p>

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  4. Hi The buckells ! Me and my family are in Darwin and have seen the amount of jobs advertised in the NT news each week so Im sure you wont have any problems. look on careerone.com.au and see if you can find anything related to your work as this seems to be the main source of adverts here, although there are others. You will need to do a bit of networking when you get here as its all about who you know, not what you know (as we have found out) and just taking each opportunity give to you.
  5. Hiya, We live up in the northern suburbs, Tiwi, which is just round the corner from Leanyer and just like Palmerston there is loads to do with kids up here. Both cities tend to mimic each other with activities and groups so it doesnt matter where you live. Our son is nearly 3 and absolutely loves it here so Im sure yours will too. Let us know when your settled and we can meet up. There are other mums on here too that Im sure will be more than happy to meet up too! Darwin city council website can be useful for finding out about things going on.
  6. We used Go Matilda nad they were brilliant. Very thorough, efficient and helpful....I knew who my contact was at all times and they always replied promptly. I went with them based on other recommendations on here.
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    Migration agent or not?

    We used an agent as I didnt want to get anything wrong! Me and my husband are both self employed too which made it a bit trickier to prove things - and it was just peace of mind to be honest. If you do choose to use an agent, I can recommend Go Matilda, very efficient and helpful.
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    Pickfords came and took my stuff yesterday too. They literally to EVERYTHING and even packed my Jeans which I needed today!!! Anyway, very efficient, lovely boys and were great with the dog.
  9. Its true that you dont HAVE to have the sticker in your passport but its alot easier to get on with life if you do. I found this out when going to get medicare stuff sorted and other bits and bobs. I ended up getting it in there. Its also nice to have a look at it in your passport and remind yourself you have it!!
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    paying mortgage from oz

    I am going over next week and my husband will follow at Christmas. We will be paying the mortgage from Oz, just transferring it into our british account each month, until we sell it. I dont see that there will be any problems with that - as long as they get there money Im sure they wont be bothered where it comes from!
  11. Im suprised you went for State Sponsorship for an area you didnt intend on living in. I would be gutted if I had tried to get into Adelaide and couldnt but then read this and saw that you had got in there but didnt really want it.
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    Honestly..How did you feel in the last weeks?

    Im due to fly out with with my 2.5 yr old son in 9 days with my husband following at Christmas. I have been up and down like a yoyo, excited in the day and nervous at night. I will be living with the inlaws so wont be on my own and start a job the following week so will meet people, but Im still nervous! When I lay awake in bed at night and question myself if Im doing the right thing I remind myself of the reasons we are doing this and it usually helps. Im sure these are normal feelings, it a massive life changing experience and we would be a bit wierd if we didnt have these feellings.
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    Shippers have been - pickfords

    Thanks littem, good to hear as we have Pickfords coming on Monday and Im stressed out as cant think how to organise everything!
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    Can no longer take my dog

    thanks guys. We have gone down the family and friends route but its not possible. We cant bring her over later as cant see that we will ever be able to save that amount of money as well as pay for rent, kindy and general living! The cost is everything added together, fights to sydney, quarantine, dog walker, flight to Darwin and the vets fees for bloods etc. I keep hoping the money will magic up from somewhere but the reality is it wont. Fingers crossed me and my son will be too busy to miss her too much.
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    Can no longer take my dog

    Just a quick one to get it of my chest. After doing our sums and having to reduce the price of our house we can no longer take our beloved family pet, Jaye. There have been lots of tears and trying to find ways of finding the £4k it costs to get her to Darwin but we cannot do it. The blue cross came round this week and registered her etc and we get to keep her here untill they rehome her which is great, but I really dont want to do it. She is such a part of the family, plays doctors with my son, sleeps on his bed with him and was my baby before he came along. The Blue cross said it may take longer to rehome her as she is 9 and people want younger dogs, I just hope and pray she gets a loving family where the kids will love and play with her and treat her as we have.:sad: