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  1. maidensarah

    Sydney suburbs hour commute

    Hi, I’m just wondering if anyone can tell me the names of some nice suburbs around an hour commute from Sydney CBD so I can research house prices to see if we can afford to live there? Just looking for usual things people ask for with the main thing being nice schools and commutable to Sydney CBD. NSW could state sponsor my husband’s occupation and his job prospects would be better in Sydney which is why we’re looking at this area, just not sure if we could afford to live within a reasonable commute. He currently works in London and we live 50 mins away by train. Thank you
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    First steps

    So we’ve made the first steps today towards the possibility of getting a visa. That is, paying some money to a migration agent for the first part that needs to be done - the skills assessment. We decided to go with Alan Collett at Go Matilda as per recommendations on here. Scary!
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    Aussie Primary school lunchtimes

    This may be a random question but I was wondering what most primary schools do for children’s lunches. Do they have the option of hot dinner or packed lunch? Do most take packed lunches or the other way round? Here all children in Reception, Year 1 and 2 are entitled to receive free hot dinners and I wondered if there’s anything like that there? My son (year 2) has the hot dinners as he loves them however my daughter (Reception) gets sent with a packed lunch as she wouldn’t eat the hot dinners. Just sort of checking they don’t all have to have hot dinners as she would go hungry. Thanks!
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    What is your place of birth famous for?

    Lol no. Matt Smith is from here
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    What is your place of birth famous for?

    Making shoes
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    189 processing times

    Thanks! That’s what we will hopefully be applying with and same category. So when are you planning to move over and where abouts? Are you moving with children?
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    189 processing times

    Congratulations! Can I just ask how long it took your from your EOI to an invite to apply? Thanks
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    First steps

    Haha, I have full confidence in my husband
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    First steps

    Thanks! My husband’s the main applicant and will be applying under accountant (general) with 75 points assuming the top points for the English test. I realise this occupation is currently an ‘iffy’ one therefore felt it best to proceed now rather than umming and ahhing any more. There’s no guarantees so I won’t be getting my hopes up, just see what happens. And get my husband studying for the English test as will need the 75 points
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    Aussie Primary school lunchtimes

    Okay thanks all. My son likes the hot dinners but if it was one of the other I’d choose packed lunch as both will be happy with that.
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    Cornish cream scone

    The Devon way. Cream first then jam. (Husband’s from Devon)
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    Happy Mothers Day ?

    Thank you!
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    Is it normal that I keep changing my mind?!

    Yes this would be my worry that something like this would happen. However as she’s so young it’s hard to know how she’ll be in the future as she’s made so much progress I’m hopeful that in a while the gap won’t be very wide. She’s only a year or so delayed, I’m just hoping the gap closes rather than gets bigger. She’s also ‘summer born’ and apparently summer born children don’t catch up until they’re about 13 anyway. She would have started school later in Aus too so she would be a couple of terms ahead at least
  14. We are thinking about submitting an EOI however I keep changing my mind, mainly because I have small children who I worry about uprooting. I’ve been to Australia before for a year (12 years ago now), I travelled a bit, worked 7 months of the 12 and stayed for a few month in both Sydney and Brisbane. I wouldn’t have come home if my visa hadnt have ran out, but I was only 21 so it’s easy to have an adventure. My husband’s never been but I’ve always talked about it with him and we’ve recently been speaking to a recommended Migration agent and we are just deciding whether to do the Skills Assessment for my husband and submit the EOI. My main concern is my children and that they’re settled in school. They are 6 (7 next month) and 4 (5 in May). They go to a nice school, have nice friends and teachers. It is such a scary thought to think that I’d be taking them away from that and into an unknown school to start again. I know children are adaptable but they’d still be different. Neither of them are particularly sporty and I hear about schools being very sporty. They like being outside and playing games but my oldest doesn’t like competitive things, it’s just not his personality. He’s more into the academic side of things. I realise that we don’t even have a visa granted (yet) however I have to think about my main concern before submitting the EOI. I’m interested to hear from other parents that have moved. How did it work out (or not work out) for your children? Thanks
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    Is it normal that I keep changing my mind?!

    No she’s not statemented, doesn’t have a disability and has recently been discharged by her paediatrician so I don’t think getting a visa for her would be a problem. She’s just had some development delays
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    Is it normal that I keep changing my mind?!

    Thanks. I suppose I should elaborate a bit more on the school worries. My oldest (son) is very good academically. My youngest (daughter), who’s 4 (5 in May) and in Reception year, has been developmentally delayed since birth for unknown reasons. She was late reaching all milestones such as crawling at 15m, walked at 21m, had a moderate speech delay and was only really saying 2 words sentences at age 3. Over the last 1 year in particular, her speech has improved massively and I would say she’s almost caught up in that area, however sometimes she needs extra visual information or smaller steps due to a slower auditory memory/processing. However she is making excellent progress, she’s reading first books and is writing, she’s just not quite at the same level as most other children. She doesn’t need 1:1 a lot in school, she doesn’t need it as her behaviour is outstanding and she’s good at following routines, just sometimes need a bit of pre-teaching. Her school is excellent and supportive and she’s used to it and I would feel guilty changing that for the unknown. Mainly because of her sensory processing difficulties. I’m not worried about the friendship side for her as she still prefers to play alongside and do her own thing.
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    vegetarianism and veganism

    There could be more food available for those that don’t have much food if we used the land currently used for grazing animals or growing food for animals to eat so we can eat the animals..
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    vegetarianism and veganism

    I think the few sharp teeth we have are for piercing things like leaves to help break them down. Could be wrong of course! I’m a vegetarian, have been for nearly 12 years but I do believe in veganism for ethical, moral and health reasons however it requires a lot of thought and planning and I don’t have time for that right now, however I hope to become vegan in the future. Husband eats meat etc and grew up on a dairy farm. Oldest child eats it but my youngest doesn’t but that’s just because she’s an extreme fussy eater and doesn’t eat any vegetables either.
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    What makes Britain GREAT.

    I think it is grey most of the time. It was the thing I noticed most after coming back from a year in Australia. It must be grey as whenever it’s a sunny day it’s always a bit ’ooh what a lovely sunny day we’ve had’ kind of reaction. Saying that, one of the things that does put me off moving to Aus is how hot the weather could be in the future. I could cope with it now but what’s it going to be like for our children’s children etc.
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    What makes Britain GREAT.

    Love the UK, just wish it were a bit warmer and less grey most of the time
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    Aussie weather

    Was about 8 degrees with the sun shining today where I’m from in U.K. (Midlands) and all the kids at the school I work at were running around with their coats off at breaktime.. felt like summer after the -6 last week
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    1 year old killed by family Rottweiler.

    I know all dogs have the potential to kill and even ones brought up well shouldn’t be left alone with children, however it is usually the case in these situations that the dog has probably not been treated the best, maybe it wasn’t fed well and was hungry, or never exercised. Often when we hear of these cases here reports after say things like dogs were kept in cages a lot of the time or in outdoor areas like sheds/garages and not socialised. The parents let the child down here by not supervising well enough but possibly also let the dog down
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    Sydney suburbs hour commute

    Budget is definitely not a million. Our house here is 2 years old, 4 bed detached in nice area and worth around £320k. So around $560k AUD so no where near the Sydney budget! Could prob afford more as husband’s salary in Sydney could likely be around $160k possibly more however I don’t think that would be able to afford us a million pound house. Obviously I could be earning but any job I do has to fit around children’s school hours and holidays so wouldn’t be much in comparison. In Brisbane he could earn around $120k however that is a lot less than he earns here in U.K. but obvs houses more affordable around Brisbane than Sydney within a similar commute. You can see my dilemma! All this assuming he could find a job too but he has a good C.V.
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    Sydney suburbs hour commute

    Hubby would probably prefer to commute by train or a bit of both. He currently drives to a train station and parks there and then gets the train into London. 2 tube stops and a 10 min walk. Takes him about 1hr45 min ish each way. So anything under that would be great! It would be nice to be near a beach but the main property would be somewhere that makes it easy to get a train to commute into the CBD and good schools. I’m just not sure we could afford to live in Sydney. Even with what he could earn. Is the Northern Beaches the name of the suburbs or can you advise of the suburb names? Thanks
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    Struggling with a name

    Luna
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