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    Qld Coast - If anywhere, where would you?

    Can be north NSW. Had a night in Newcastle last month & stayed in Port Stephens for 2 nights last year. Liked Port Stephens just house prices are a bit more & stamp duty is more than half in Qld. Daughters dream is to work at Australia Zoo but that’s a long way off and she’ll probably change her mind by then. if anyone has reviews on Newcastle areas as well?
  2. Hi, Looking for opinions on coastal areas (within 1/2 hr drive) of Queensland suitable for family of 4 - 2 kids aged 11 & 13. Housing budget is around $400k-$450k We've been to the Sunshine coast and love it there but just wonder what other areas there are as know there are many to be considered. (I've researched Caloundra & Sippy Downs area) Been told the further north you go there are less jobs? We're currently in southern NSW and have been in Oz for over 4 yrs. Ideally looking at moving in the next 6-12mths. Work wise, both myself and husband have over 10yrs experience in aviation/customer service. Hubby currently works at our local airport. I'm working in real estate which I don't mind. Looking at State high schools with good reputations and bonus if have a soccer team. We all love the warmth, not bothered about humidity (apart from frizzy hair :)) So basically my question is ....... If we were to sell up and move, where should we move to?
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    Sunshine Coast

    Hi, Looking into moving up to the Sunshine coast from Albury, NSW. Does anyone have any opinions on Beerwah, Little Mountain, Sippy Downs or any of the other areas. Need to look into Secondary schools as have a 11 yr old and 13 yr old. Husband but be looking at getting a job at Maroochydore Airport. TIA
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    Brisbane here we come!

    Hi, In regards to cats - we've been here for 4 yrs now. Had 2 cats in the uk which we didn't bring with us. Mainly because of the costs and putting them in quarantine. A lot of people over here don't like cats as 'they kill the native wildlife'. We have since got 2 cats here and not once have they killed and brought us a gift back. In some states there are rules they have be inside from 8pm - 7am (i think) we generally have ours locked in at night time. If you have family happy to look after them I would go with that. The process for transporting cats can be long as they have to have a test or injection from the vet and then you have to wait something like 180 days for the next stage. Costs from what I recall are around $6000 for the 2 cats. I got more upset about leaving the cats then family! Hope this helps & congrats on your visa. We're in NSW but looking into moving up to QLD, Sunshine Coast.
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    Holidays - qld

    Hi, thanks. We stayed in Caloundra last April so wanted to stay somewhere different. Love Caloundra but houses are a bit above our budget. May end up back there though if we can't make our mind up
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    Holidays - qld

    Hi, We're coming up from Albury over the Easter holidays and wanting advice on places to stay for a few nights. Will be going to Australia Zoo on Easter Monday, so want somewhere coastal before Gold Coast. Will be heading to Newcastle area after. Thinking Redcliffe area but know nothing about the area, not wanting to do much apart from explore the area for potential move. Thanks in advance, as I say know nothing about areas so any pointers would be good. (2 kids - 11 & 13)
  7. Hi, Looking into moving to Sunshine Coast area or possible Hervey Bay area - any information advice greatly appreciated. We've visited Caloundra area and now looking at visiting Hervey Bay in Jan for a holiday (and to check the weather out as currently in Albury, sick of the cold) We would be travelling via coastal roads to check other places out in both directions. Have 2 kids - 12 & 11yr old. Husband works as a ground agent at local airport and I work in real estate at the moment but both open to any other jobs, vast experience between the 2 of us especially customer service. House budget would be $400-$450k and looking on the net Hervey Bay area would have no issues apart from houses sell fast. Wanting short distances to beaches and schools, the usual.
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    Where to now?

    Does anyone know of any good websites to look at for information on areas/schools/work/lifestyle? Thanks
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    Where to now?

    We're a family of 4, children are aged 10 & 12 yrs old. We've been in Oz for over 3 years now and live in Albury (regional NSW). After visiting a few different coastal areas - central coast and Sunshine coast, we feel that the coast is our go to. I'm just after any advise on family areas near coastal towns that may suit us. The boys in the family like to play their soccer and we like the outdoors. I know on the coast can be expensive and know we'd like to visit any areas people recommend. We wouldn't like it to be a very busy area but as long as we both could get work. I work in Real estate and my husband works at the local airport. Ideally would like a 10-15 min walk/drive to beach.
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    PR to Citizenship

    Thanks, that what I think but wanted other opinions as been given different stories. ?
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    PR to Citizenship

    Just after some clarification please. We came to oz in March 2015 on a temp skilled visa, became PR last July. When can we apply for Citizenship? Some things say after 4 years of PR but reading other information, reads after 1 year as PR (as March 2019 would be 4 years)? Thanks in advance
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    Temp visa to PR visa

    Hi We received our PR visa this week and just wondered apart from Medicare what other information do we need to change and what other things do we need to do? especially things that we weren't entitled to as a temp visa holder. Thanks in advance
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    Mortgages - Borrowing Power Calculator

    Hi we are on a 489 visa applying soon for a 887 residency visa. We have a deposit for a house or build. Can you recommend a broker at all for the Albury area, NSW? Thanks
  14. Hi We will be lodging for our residency visa (887) soon and our agent is saying we need to have medicals again. Does anyone know if this is definitely the case as had them done less than 3 years ago, in the UK. I know things change but wanted to know as its alot of $$$$ to pay out again. Also, don't suppose anyne knows roughly how long this application takes? Thanks in advance
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    489 visa to residency

    Hi,We're on a 489 visa at the moment and will be applying for residency in April. Does anyone know roughly how long this process should take? Thanks in advance