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    Snake Repellent.

    The next door neighbour had a "large" brown snake in there yard today. They called the snake catcher but as it had gone into a pile of bricks they have stored along "our" boundary fence the snake catcher didn't want to disturb it !? Really worried it will come into our yard and we have a small dog who will chase anything that moves. Has anyone out there tried using any of the Snake repellents on the market ? I know there are solar type ones to sit in the garden and something called shoo snake. Some people say they don't work others say they work but that could just be someone who is associated with the maker of these products. Would love to hear if anyone on here has used one. Our yard is large but kept well mowed and no junk lying around.
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    Moving back to UK at age of 75 and single!

    Hi Dell, I was born in Lytham St Annes ( but raised down south) Married now to an Aussie, but if the time comes that he passes on before me and if I am still physically able I will be going back. There is this "pull" as you age to return to your roots. Like you have no idea how I will make this happen but I have to believe it will. That is very intersting about the Tax if you have someone living with you. I find that a bit silly with the shortages in affordable housing surely it would be better for people to share. SO many advantages, sharing living expenses and having someone in the house should you for example fall and need help. Yes Aus is a very long way from anywhere, but for me it is the lack of Culture and history that I miss so much. The ability to jump on a bus just about anywhere in the UK and in minuets be in a different village or shopping centre, with little or no need for a car which in itself is a huge expense. I will continue to follow this and please "when" you make it back to the UK let us all know how things work out.
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    Moving back to UK at age of 75 and single!

    Following this with great interest. You are one brave lady. Biggest hurdle would be houses here dont give you the money to buy in the UK what we have been use to in Aus, but it is still very tempting . I will continue to follow your story and send all the best vibes that you some how make it back to the UK. A long shot and maybe one you would not consider, but I wonder if there are any other single people in your same situation, who dont have enough money to buy a home in their own right but may be willing to share a home and mortgage. You may have to be willing to compromise in location if the home, not everyone would want to like in the North of the country, but as I said just a thought.
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    School Advice/Help! Please!

    This may also be of help. https://bettereducation.com.au/school/secondary/wa/perth_top_non_government_secondary_schools.aspx
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    School Advice/Help! Please!

    100% agree with Pom Queen the Lutheran schools are fantastic, very much in to "whole child" education so not just academic but social , emotional, care being just as important. You could look at http://www.livingwaters.wa.edu.au/
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    Toowoomba

    Toowoomba "isolated" hum dont think the close to 200,000 people who live there think that. An hour to Warwick, 1 . 5 to Ipswich, 2 to Brisbane, and it has one of the lowest unemployment rates in Queensland., not to mention the "Many" large towns between Toowoomba and Brisbane, like Gatton, with its Uni, Plainlands that is expanding at an amazing rate, Laidley, to name a few.
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    Toowoomba

    for those who still consider Toowoomba a hick country hole with nothing happening, I thought I would give you a little update. For those willing to look a little outside major capital cities this may be somewhere you would like to consider. . We have some of the best schools in Qld, and house prices much lower than the capital cities and grand central shopping centers 500 million dollar expansion is just about complete. INTERACTIVE MAP: 15 projects transforming Ruthven RUTHVEN St is undergoing a rapid transformation with millions of dollars being spent across a myriad of projects in different industries. From entertainment precincts at its northern end to lifestyle shopping and food destinations in the south, the Toowoomba street is being redeveloped and updated. Capping its northern end is the $43 million Bunnings project which will employ about 180 staff and transform the historic site. To the south there is The Intersection, a dedicated food precinct with 12 retailers where once stood the Marco Polo Chinese Restaurant. RELATED: In case you missed it: 72 things coming to Toowoomba It neighbours the Shell Express service station and complete the crossroads with Alderley St as a foodie haven. Plans are also progressing with major accommodation centres including the Burke and Wills Hotel at the corner of Herries St, while developers push ahead with a number of other apartment precincts on Ruthven St. The Chronicle has compiled a list of the projects, but let us know in the comments if we've missed any exciting developments. SCROLL DOWN FOR INTERACTIVE MAP 1. Ruthven St streetscape AFTER one year of works and construction, the northern end of Ruthven St has reopened which offers expanded parking and blends the business district in with the Toowoomba CBD. Works included an upgrade of the storm water system, added centre parking and curb-side angle parking, and the installation of new street art. 2. City Hall THE Toowoomba Regional Council's city amphitheatre upgrade is progressing, with further funds allocated in the 2017-18 budget this year. The amphitheatre, tucked behind City Hall on Ruthven St, is expected to be completed this year. The Intersection.Tom Gillespie 3. The Intersection THE old Margo Polo Chinese Restaurant on Ruthven St is being redeveloped into a foodie destination as works progress on The Intersection, set to open later this year. The major commercial project will host 12 big-name food outlets which will capture trade from the estimated 27,000 passing motorists each day. 4. The Shell AFTER its closure earlier this year, the Shell Coles Express service station is expected to reopen this year with a host of new food outlets and upgraded store fit-out. The $5 million precinct redevelopment will include Pump@123 when it opens in September. South Central. 5. South Central INITIAL works have started on the multi-level South Central precinct on Ruthven St as part of Toowoomba developer Barry Bernoth's ambition to offer something different to the city. The seven-storey South Central precinct, while separate to the Bernoth Centre, will transform two blocks fronting the busy road in Toowoomba South. 6. Bernoth Centre NEW and exciting retailers have joined the bulky goods retail complex at the Bernoth Centre which has undergone a modernised transformation. A total of 11 separate buildings exist on the site. 7. Mills Precinct PLANS for the wider Mills Precinct redevelopment herald one of the most ambitious transformation projects in Toowoomba. The multi-million dollar project is tipped to include a high-rise apartment complex, food retailers and bulk-goods outlets. 8. The Railway Parklands THE Toowoomba Regional Council is progressing with its plans to transform the Railway Goods Shed which shares partial frontage to Ruthven St. With funds allocated in the latest council budget, early works are set to start and will eventually feed through to a sprawling parklands and create a go-to destination in Toowoomba. 9. Bunnings WORKS are progressing on the $43 million Bunnings Warehouse in North Toowoomba, with the hardware behemoth hinting at an opening date later this year. About 180 staff will work in the new store which will be the second Bunnings outlet in Toowoomba. 10. Burke and Wills LOCAL construction firm McNab has secured the tender for the $10 million Burke and Wills Hotel redevelopment in a boon for Toowoomba sub-contractors. While the hotel's transformation will see it modernised the foundations will stay true to the historic architectural roots and is part of the Ruthven St upgrade in the CBD. 11. The Gladstone Hotel THE highly-anticipated multi-million dollar transformation of the Gladstone Hotel is yet to get under way but owner Kenneth Wagner has bold ambitions for the popular watering hole. Walton Stores.Contributed 12. Walton Stores THE popular food precinct tucked off Ruthven St is a boon for diners and pedestrians in Toowoomba since its grand opening in 2016. 13. The Bank SPOTTED Cow owner Phil Coorey knows a thing or two about what Toowoomba wants, and there's intense excitement around the future of his latest venture. Mr Coorey's plans to transform the historic Westpac Bank on the corner of Ruthven and Margaret Sts are progressing, and the city is keen to see it come to fruition. Blank Space.Kevin Farmer 14. Blank Space IT'S the newest venue to open on Ruthven St and already proven as popular with social outings with industry meetings. Enter Blank Space, the transformed Mills Precinct warehouse which has added a new venue to the Toowoomba CBD with the promise of big-name acts, and special occasions and functions. 15. Village Green TOOWOOMBA'S Village Green is set to be refurbished as part of works to upgrade the Civic Precinct. TOPICS: BUSINESS TOOWOOMBA
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    Gatton Queensland

    Just spent my second week in Toowoomba Base and I can tell you the nursing staff are amazing goodness only knows how they cope, the hospital was never built to cope with the population explosion it is now seeing. wards ( unless you have private health insurance when it is a very different story as Toowoomba has 2 private hospitals) have 6 beds with mixed ages and genders. Staff are run off there feet trying to cope, food words can not describe, 1 shower and 1 toilet per ward is totally inadiquit . Look around Laidley , even Grandchester, both closer to Ipswich which has a good hospital, just check the flood map, some areas flood , and yes be very aware of the heat 40c plus happens a lot during summer.
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    Toowoomba

    A TECHNOLOGICAL fortress designed to withstand fire, flood and catastrophic power loss is taking shape on Toowoomba's outskirts. The Pulse Data Centre is a "highly resilient" facility, says project manager Peter Blunt, capable of storing government and corporate data while protecting it from theft, sabotage and natural disasters. Windowless and built with 15cm-thick concrete walls, the centre will be able to keep running even if a fire breaks out and meets security specifications set by Australia's spy agency, ASIO. RELATED ITEMS LATEST PHOTO: Mammoth data centre emerges west of city TAKE A LOOK: Walls go up on $40m Pulse Data Centre SHOW MORE These include digital surveillance, multi-factor authentication, traps and biometric measures. TECH PARK: FKG's Dallas Hunter and Gary Gardner and Pulse DC general manager Peter Blunt at the first day of construction on the new Pulse Data Centre in Wellcamp, Toowoomba.Tom Gillespie Mr Blunt detailed some of the $40-million project's features at a business breakfast hosted by the Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce yesterday. He said the goal was to ensure the building was always operational, no matter the emergency. "We will maintain the facility and make sure it never stops," he said of the FKG Group's building at Wellcamp. "Each (section is) a concrete bunker and they're all two-hour fire rated, which means you can have a fire burning there for two hours and it won't move outside. "The intention is you can have something go wrong anywhere in the facility and we can isolate that part of it. "We might have to turn that particular part off, but the rest of the facility continues to operate." FKG's Pulse Data Centre project manager Daniel Milne (left) and site manager Adam Hanrahan oversee progress of the build, Tuesday, August 22, 2017.Kevin Farmer Mr Blunt said the anti-fire measures in Pulse required FKG to apply to the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service to implement new protocols. "We have special bottled gas which discharges and it actually extinguishes the fire," he said. Pulse DC, which is essentially three different data centres connected by one central security hub, could house hundreds of millions of dollars in servers and digital technology from companies in Toowoomba and across the nation. Along with the existing security measures guaranteed to all clients, Mr Blunt said the building could be upgraded to meet special criteria, up to ASIO-T4 levels. Pulse Data Centre concept art.Contributed "If a government department would need to store data, we can customise our data centre's security measures," he said. "It's something we would do over and above what is usually required. "The government has specific requirements about the types of locks, the thickness of the door, the construction of the concrete. It's a very prescriptive standard." FORTRESS: An aerial view of the upcoming Pulse Data Centre, which is being built by FKG Group as a technological fortress in Toowoomba's western suburbs.Contributed Mr Blunt said the 4380sq m floor space was already filling up, with clients from Toowoomba and across Australia signing onto the first facility of its kind in regional Australia. "Our demand comes from a whole variety of areas. Locally, it's been fantastic - local businesses have engaged with us," he said. "There's been commitments from all the major players in town - all of them have committed to this facility, for various reasons. "We're already getting some good responses out of Queensland-based businesses in Brisbane (and) we've had strong national and international interest for the facility." The data centre is expected to be finished by mid-February, but it won't be opened for another month while independent experts run tests and experiment to check the facility's security, consistency and reliability. Construction started in June. 0 TOPICS: FKG GROUP GARY GARDNER PULSE DATA CENTRE TOOWOOMBA
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    Toowoomba

    Just been looking at the list of areas for a 489 and it includes the Logan area. Not far from Brisbane should be plenty of retail work around there for them. Applicable Regions Excludes Greater Brisbane Area and the Gold Coast. Includes the following postcodes: 4124 to 4125, 4133, 4211, 4270 to 4272, 4275, 4280, 4285, 4287, 4307 to 4499, 4515, 4517 to 4519, 4522 to 4899. Here is a link to Aus Post that they can use to see where each post code is https://postcodes-australia.com/postcodes/4133 and use where is to see where the town is in relation to Brisbane. https://www.whereis.com/
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    Toowoomba

    Yes just realized that, dont think Ipswich is either, going to make it a bit hard for them .
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    Toowoomba

    i would look at Brisbane first, Sunshine coast can be expensive being a coastal area, and you should find more work in retail in the Brisbane area.
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    Toowoomba

    Toowoomba has more employment in Construction and the trades like electrical and plumbing, also the proffesional trades like doctors and teachers with less work available in retail. and sales .
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    Toowoomba

    Hi Ozzie, oh fair enough still you can visit on weekends
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    Toowoomba

    Just interested Paul1Perth, what sort of things do you think we need in Toowoomba for kids ? Slot machine arcades ? Theme Parks ? We have bowling allies, Rock climbing centres where kids can learn to climb rock walls, inflatable world, golf courses, parks, aquatic center, ballets schools, every type of sport you can imagine including the new Highfields sports Complex that offers multiple sports fields and tennis courts http://www.tr.qld.gov.au/our-region/major-projects/environment-community/10397-highfields-sports-park. Lakes where kids can go fishing or enjoy water sports with their parents. Scouts offering kids 8 to 18 the opportunity to go camping, hiking, bush walking all sorts of activities, and that is just a few things on offer. Oh and lets not forget cadets.
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    Toowoomba

    Ozzie, a "toowoomba" south bank is coming. I have seen the plans for the railway park lands and it is amazing. Funding approved and work about to start on the old railway shed as part of stage one. Eventually they will excavate a large area for a swimming area.
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    Toowoomba

    That was my thought as well. Go where ever there is work to start with, then take your time to look around and find a place you want to settle long term. There are far worse places than Toowoomba I can tell you, and it is easy to access Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine coast all with in a 2 hour drive.
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    Toowoomba

    Compared to Perth Toowoomba is small, but by no means a small town "Toowoomba is a city of Queensland. It is located on the 125 km west of Queensland state capital city, Brisbane. With population over 115,000, the city is the 16th-largest city in Australia and the sixth-largest in Queensland after Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Townsville and Cairns. Toowoomba is known as “The Garden City” in Australia." "Based on our research Toowoomba population will reach 117,283 by the end of June 2017. We use end of June each year due to Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) always follow Australian financial year when pushed the data." Agree though the coast has beaches, and theme parks and Brisbane is a capital city with houses prices to match.
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    Naplan\Picking Schools

    Hi Steve will pm you
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    Naplan\Picking Schools

    Lived in the Graceville / Indooroopilly area for many years, you cant go wrong. Great train into the city though parking at Indooroopilly Shopping centre is a total nightmare. Schools are fantastic and far less expensive than private schools in Vic. St Peters Lutheran is a school worth considering at St Lucia, but you are spoilt for choice in that area really, be it a state school or Private school.
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    Toowoomba

    SGR73 agree not much land left in the center of Toowoomba but plenty just a short drive of 20 minuets in places like Highfields, Meringandan West , and on the other side of town places like Westbrook where a whole new town is being developed. There is also Gowrie Mountain 20 minuets out of Toowoomba with amazing views land and houses available there at good prices. Weather its all about what suits the individual isnt it. I think we have had at most 10 days where we have lite the fire at night this whole winter, days are beautiful, and we, prefer summers around high 20s to low 30s, I cant handle the humidity in Brisbane and the coast that's why we moved up here.
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    Toowoomba

    Hi Bob, got my hands on a draft of the new Railway Parklands, going to be impressive, funding has been approved now for stage 1, the restoration of the old railway shed opposite the station which I must say looks fantastic since it was all renovated. AAH yes lovely red soil the developers scrape off before building and then sell back to home owners ha ha . We are sadly on black soil yuk stuff.
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    Toowoomba

    SGR73 we lived in Graceville for many years - 2 train stops from Brisbane CBD and we would get thick fog and frost there in winter. Toowoomba doesnt get the awful humidity that Brisbane gets so we get a good nights sleep up here on the range.
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    Toowoomba

    Hi Kev will PM you
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    Toowoomba

    Kev, you might find this useful http://www.tr.qld.gov.au/facilities-recreation/parks-gardens/parks-by-location/east-toowoomba-queens-park
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