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  1. Hi! I'm going travelling, then back to the UK to visit my Dad and will be letting my house out for 6 months from March. I immigrated here in 2005 and being a single chick, found myself renting rooms in shared houses until I found the perfect house because I couldn't find short term furnished accommodation. I thought that my place would be ideal for a couple relocating to Sydney or working here on a contract, everything you need is here inc Broadband and it's also an ideal base for scoping out different areas. Originally I wanted to buy near the beach, but discovered Newtown and fell in love with it's café's, bars and community spirit. It is 5 mins walk to the train station and busses (Eastern surburbs are not serviced as well by public transport) and it's a 10-15 min train ride to the City and Circular Quay. It's a shame (for me because I love the character of the Neighbourhood) but the area is gentrifying, I would twin it with Camden but with nicer people, a café lifestyle and far safer! Please email if interested :spinny: So here's my advert! Top location in Newtown... Bright, furnished, single story cottage looking onto a park. Responsible professional, non-smoker(s) wanted to rent this peaceful cottage from March for 6 months (neg) $520p/w inc broadband & local & national calls. 2 Double Bedrooms - one with large in-built wardrobe 1 Shower room Polished Wooden Floorboards throughout Gas/Electric Cooker Washing Machine Instant gas hot water Superfast internet LCD TV, Digi top box, Arial sockets in all main rooms The back area is decked with a sheltered area with café blinds, a gas BBQ (plumbed in so no need for refills!) and it sees the sun for most of the day. The location: lennox street newtown sydney - Google Maps Around the corner from: Newtown train station (regular services only 10 mins to city) Regular busses (including night bus service and a direct bus to Coogee Beach) and from the many buzzing cafés, restaurants, bars and shops of King St. and Erskineville Around the corner from the Courthouse Pub and it's award winning beer garden! 15 mins walk to Sydney Uni 25 mins walk to Broadway main shopping centre & Victoria Park Open Air Swimming Pool
  2. Hi All My original thread on this subject is here: http://www.pomsinoz.com/forum/migration-issues/71907-protest-visit-australia-house-london.html I got home today to find a letter (brought by the postman) from a Mr David Wilden. His job-title seems to be, "Minister-Counsellor Immigration) Regional Director Europe." The letter is on the headed paper of the Australian High Commission in London. Mr Wilden reckons that dealing with our group-complaint is his responsibility. He says that he is willing to meet with a group of British GSM applicants on 30th November as requested. He says that only one of the rooms in the High Commission complex in London is large enough for 50 or so people and he does not know whether the large room is available on the 30th. He asks instead that a smaller representative group of no more than 10-15 Poms in Oz members should attend unless we can arrange a larger venue elsewhere by ourselves. I suspect that Mr Wilden would be prepared to meet us elsewhere in Central London if we organise the venue. Can anyone lay hands on a larger venue that would not cost anything, please? If not, I see no harm in limiting the attendees to 15 and the rest can rely on updates from the attendees? I don't think we need a lot of bodies in the room in order to get the point across that over 140,000 GSM visa applicants are seriously upset about the 23rd September changes and seriously out of pocket as a result of them. Peter Mares has already hammered that fact into the Minister's head now, on national radio in Oz. The MIA have hammered it home too: Submission to the Minister - General Skilled Migration http://mia.org.au/media/File/091113_GSM_Submission_to_Minister__final.pdf Mr Wilden's letter makes it plain that he is not prepared to divulge any information which has not already been put into the public domain by the Minister or by DIAC and he makes it clear that he will not say anything we don't already know unless DIAC has made a further announcement by then - which seems unlikely. The rest of Mr Wilden's letter is the same uninformative waffle (completely lacking in transparency or hard fact) which has characterised DIAC's secretive handling of the GSM Fiasco. God knows why every ounce of information has to be dragged out of them. DIAC would have done FAR better to have fronted up with the truth at the outset instead of waiting for the Minister to make a complete clot of himself with his failed Plans A & B and his and DIAC's sudden U-turn on 23rd September. The shambolic way that he and DIAC have handled the GSM Fiasco makes all of them look completely incompetent and secretive into the bargain. Which has ensured that nobody respects either Minister Evans or his Department chiefs any longer. Could people please re-confirm whether you still want a - probably uninformative and inconclusive - meeting with Mr Wilden on Monday 30th November and if so, who definitely wants to attend, please? Cheers Gill
  3. ali

    Places to visit

    I have friends visiting for a week next year. They live over East and have for a few years so don't need to see the roos etc., Need to suggest some places for them to visit .... any ideas?? Ali x
  4. Hi All I have been reading some of your comments on the radio programme feedback section. Some of them are posts which I recognise fom Poms in Oz. If enough people are interested, we could arrange a mass visit to Australia House one day sometime soon. We could let them know what date to expect us, how many to expect and in advance of the date we could give them a list of specific questions that we want answered, so that the London staff would have time to get real facts & figures - instead pf flannel - from their colleagues in Canberra. It might be possible to get the TV people to send a news team to cover the event. If you would be up for this, please add to this thread. Meanwhile, does anyone know how TV/radio networking works? Presumably if we could get the Beeb to cover the London event, Peter Mares' people could obtain and use the footage? Please could someone in Oz ask either Peter Mares or someone else who might know and if anyone has media contacts in the UK, it would be useful to ask them as well, please. It might be possible to get Sammy Naghi to go with us because he is a solicitor and RMA practising in Central London with a firm of Solicitors called Taylor Hampton: Taylor Hampton Solicitors: Sammy Naghi Taylor Hampton's address is 218 The Strand, WC2. Australia House is on the corner of the Strand and Aldwych. It is only a couple of minutes walk from Sammy's office and he is a member on here. It would be handy to have Sammy with us because he is likely to spot any flaws in their technical arguments and he is easily sharp enough to tackle the officials about those then and there. Cheers Gill
  5. Inspired partly by PommyPaul's lizard thread, (thanks Paul!) I have attached a couple of photos of a kookaburra and an Emu that recently came to visit. The kookaburra sat on the fence as still as could be while I snapped away - it was almost as if he was making sure I got his best side!! The Emu was also a huge poser as you can see. Hope you enjoy the photos Sue x Okay, photos not attached - hmmph...back soon!!
  6. Hi All, We are going over at the end of October for a visit and secondly to validate our visas. I am looking to carry on working in the boat repair industry, mainly pleasure boats and my OH she is hoping to carry on working within the legal world. I have been told the gold coast is good for me but on the other hand the CBD would be good for my OH, although I do see that Brisbane has a good marina that is the same sort of thing I am used to We would like to live in an area that is not full on night clubs and nosie but somewhere you can go out for a nice evening meal and few drinks. I am hoping that maybe some one can maybe tell us a few areas to look at or even somewhere completely different. Many thanks in advance for any help, it is such a big place we just dont know where to start. Jim bob
  7. Hey there, its been a little while since I've been on here but I wondered if anyone can help me with my reccie plan..... 1. Recommended areas on south side of Brisbane 2. Nice suburbs 3. Decent secondary schools (I also have a child who will be 5 in september, so also primary schools). 4. Further education facilities, Tafe/university. Sorry I am asking a lot but just want to start planning and getting some idea where we need to visit instead of just driving around lol........:idea: Thankyou We fly out on october 25th - hope to be there permentaly in feb 2010! jo
  8. Hello We're leaving the UK for NSW in October, and have heard that we will need to return to the UK every few years in order to keep our British Passports. I can't find anything about this online but am wondering if anyone on the forums can help me out with this. Is it true, and if so, how frequently and for how long does one need to return to the UK? Cheers Cat
  9. Hello there, This is Danny and Justin from New York city. We're visiting Australia and in Cairns @ the moment. We'll be in Brisbane on the 28th of July and going down to Gold Coast for 3-4 days. I heard Gold Coast is lots of fun but i don't really know anybody there So we're looking for friends from around Surfers paradise or people who'd like to join us to come down to the Gold Coast. All you gotta do is come down with us and join us in all the fun stuff there like para sailing, jet skiing, some partying & all the fun stuff there We're both 22 years old. Check out my myspace, www.myspace.com/meltinghot or add me on facebook, search for suciosiva@gmail.com or you can email me in the same address if you're interested. It doesnt have to be just you, bring your friends too, its gonna be fun Food and stay on us, so dont even worry about it, just show us around Hope to hear from ya soon ~Danny
  10. Hi All, Just thought I would make you aware of a competition we will be announcing in the June/July issue of Whingeing Pom WA. We will be giving one WA Ex-Pat the chance to bring over four friends or family with flights, accomodation and a number of day trips thrown in as well. The competition is being run in conjunction with Tourism WA and a number of their associate members. So if you have the urge to catch up with anyone close back in Blighty this could be the chance to do it for Free!! More details on how to enter will be on our web site and in the June/July issue. Andy
  11. Guest

    Where to visit in July?

    Hi everyone Not much of a dilemma I know, but we are thinking of going away for a few day's break in the July school holidays. Maybe up to a week but we don't want to spend too much. Been looking up flight prices for Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Darwin and Bali. There is just too much choice and so much we want to see..... Any thoughts on where is good for kids and us at this time of year will be most appreciated. Thanks S :biggrin:
  12. Hi Everyone Just a quick query ( more of a concerned afterthought really) ! We have booked my 17 year old son a flight to Sydney in October to visit the Uni and take a mini reccie. He is going with his 21 year old cousin and staying with my brother. Being honest its a selfish move on my part as I don't want him to stay at Uni here and I am sure that 2 weeks in Sydney in Summer will convince him coming with us is the right move! Anyway we are hopeful of having our visas well before then but are not looking to go out until next year. The concern I have is if he has the visa in his passport but we have not validated as a family, will it give him any problems at immigration? Thanks for any advice Jen x
  13. Guest

    Coming for a validation visit

    Hey all, We are coming to Melbourne on 27 March for 2 weeks, mainly to validate our visas but also to have a look around as we've never been before. We're staying in Docklands and looking for any tips, advice, things to do, things not to do, hire car recommendations, do I bring $, £, or my debit and credit card etc etc etc. Thanks in advance, Tom
  14. Hi all, I just wondered when those of you who have done a reccie visit decided to do the vist? Before applying for your Visa, during the Visa process or when you had your Visa in your hand?? We want to go and do a Reccie to Perth in October/November and wondered if we should wait until we have been before getting the Visa process going or apply now so that things don't change and we miss out.:confused: Be great to hear from you all. Bye for now Nicky
  15. Hey guys just wondering if anyone knows how long our parents can stay in Australia for when they visit us (we have our permanent residents visas). Is it just the normal 3 month holiday visa? Thanks in advance Jenny :wub:
  16. We are currently putting together a list of places to see in uk before we go? Any ideas? Julie x
  17. Guest

    Had a visit from Kdal

    Kim, Daren Jordan and Luke came down to the GC for a visit yesterday, we had a BBQ and everyone had a great time. Nurse Sue and Wilf were here and Shaz n Paul popped in, Brooksie, Wendy & Steve also came. I thought I was back in the halfway house at a PIO Essex meet for a moment, until I remembered how hot it is here....lol Kim and Daren are looking at places in Sippy Downs at the Sunshine Coast, but it all depends where Daren get a job. They are all well and glad to be here, and I am sure Kim will be back on the site as soon as she gets access to the internet. I will keep you posted on how things are going for them. April xx
  18. Guest

    Where should we visit?

    We have booked our Rekkie trip in May and are visiting Melbourne and Perth. We want to drive around and look at some towns on the outskirts of the city. Where do you think we should look? we were going to look at Geelong but thats the only place we have been told about. Can you help?
  19. Chalky4388

    coming for a visit to terrigal

    Hi Everybody, We Have Decided To Come And Have A Look Around Terrigal And Coffs Harbour At The End Of June(yes We Know Not The Best Time Weather Wise But Restricted With Oh And Kids Holidays). Can Anybody Give Advice On Where To Stay, We Would Prefer Self Catering And Need To Accomodate 2 Kids Aged 4 And 6. All Advice On Accomodation And Cheap Flight Links Really Appreciated. Thanks Tracey
  20. Guest

    visit England for a day!!

    Visit England just 1hr from Brisbane!! Stay at Windermere Manor Mountain Escape at Mount Mee, Qld & you will feel you"ve been transported back to England! Just 1hr drive north of Brisbane. Stay in a luxury room in the manor house, then enjoy exclusive use of our authentic ENGLISH PUB, The Fox's Lair, with fireside snug & snooker room. Check our website for more photos & info. Windermere Manor Mt Mee Bed & Breakfast B&B Accommodation Tudor Style Luxury Motel We look forward to looking after you soon!! ph: 54 982364
  21. .... what do you ask them to bring? For me it's Nivea Visage 2 in 1 cleanser and toner, which you can't buy in Aus at all (I even wrote to Nivea Australia to try to find it lol). What about you?
  22. Guest

    Best time to visit?

    We're wondering if we should do our Perth reccy in July/Aug. We'd planned to wait til Christmas 09 but that's just so far away! But are we best being patient and waiting til Christmas for the guaranteed sunshine and to get an idea of how hot it really gets?! All thoughts and comments welcome. Cheers Jo x
  23. Guest

    A flying visit ....

    ...it has been a VERY emotional few weeks, being homeless nomads for 3 weeks staying with friends and family AND having the huge "leaving for Oz" party seemed such a good idea at the time. The truth is it has been an emotional rollercoaster and I just couldnt cope with anymore tearful goodbyes from friends and family. The day before we left I decided I wasnt going ...... but I put that down to exhaustion and decided to go anyway! LOL! My daughter and some of our friends came to Heathrow to wave us off ..ALL ended up crying 'cept me! ...I waited till I was in the queue to actually get ON the plane and then my eyes "started to leak" and continued to leak for the next ten hours (NOT a good look the swollen red eyed, red nosed blotchy skin look, when you have NO makeup with you coz its in yer suitcase in the hold!) :cry: Sitting up in bed at the moment in the Napa Valley outside San francisco it is 4.45 am and I have been awake for 3 hours ..John however is fast asleep ...... and "snoring" from both ends!:biglaugh:
  24. Hi all, Well my mum has vowed not to come and see me. She's going to miss me but is soooooooo scared of flying she said she won't come and visit. I do think she won't , she can be like that sometimes and although she's not my best buddy i will miss her . Any other mums or dads vowed the same but came out, or not? love to hear your stories guys. Thanks
  25. Right we came back from Tenerife early yesterday morning and my god what a come down that was from all the lovely sunshine over there, dear god Britain is do dreary I could just cry! I love being able to just dress in shorts/t-bikini and not worry about being cold! Brrrrrrr what a shock to the system. Anyway waiting for me was an email regarding my QNC application, saying that it was all but complete just needed to confirm the payment for the licence $94 and it's done. I was also told to email my case worker for my 457 to chase up info on meds and x-rays - crikes! So we have spoken to estate agents today to get a valuation and get the ball rolling, they did say houses at our end of market (that's the lower end) are moving but expect some stupid offers, what's new. So anyway, my 2 questions are in relation to us flying out with Singapore Airlines in end Aug for our reckie, (particularly any tall peeps who have flown with them) I called this morning to request emergency exit seats and both hubby and I 6 ft plus, seats on commercial aircraft to Tenerife were a joke, it's no fun having your knees stuck by your ears for 4.5 hrs :chatterbox: some might think so :biglaugh: So for those who have flown with them what did you find the seats like? Secondly, when we go, in between checking out areas and schools (do you think I should contact any schools in advance to book an appt to go see or just turn up or what) we would like to go snorkelling as we did loads in Tenerife and wondered if there are any nice beaches not too far away where we can just go and do it? From what I read the beaches close to the shore are all mangroves? Any advice would be welcome. Cheers.