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  1. 2005 Renault Scenic II Expression, 2.0 6 speed manual Low milage 53,500km Full Renault Service History. 4 new tyres put on Oct'11. Rego until September 2012. Colour Metallic Beige. One owner from new (us). Very reliable and well looked after car. $11,500ono PM me for contact details.
  2. MELBOURNE is developing poverty-stricken ghettos in the outer suburbs and a growing rich-poor divide, a shock new Melbourne University study has found. The MacroMelbourne report has also discovered that for the first time the new so-called "McMansion" suburbs in outer Melbourne are becoming poverty traps because of rising housing prices and interest rates and soaring travel costs. The report identifies Greater Dandenong, Maribyrnong, Darebin, Brimbank and Moreland council areas as the most disadvantaged in the city. And it finds Melton-Caroline Springs, Wyndham, Cardina-Casey, Hume and Whittlesea are the areas most in need of infrastructure investment. The report, commissioned by the Melbourne Community Foundation, is a snapshot of poverty, social problems and disadvantage across the city. It has found: MORE than 10 per cent of Melburnians now live below the poverty line - a 3 per cent rise over a decade; HOUSING costs and homelessless have risen dramatically, with up 24,000 Melburnians now without a permanent dwelling; JOBLESS hot spots are emerging in the outer suburbs; MOST people in outer suburbs have few local job opportunities and must drive more than 30 minutes to work; and THE economic boom of the past decade has bypassed Melbourne's poor, with deprivation and social exclusion among welfare service clients remaining constant. Melbourne's population will reach five million by 2030 and the number of households in the city is expected to grow by 41 per cent by 2031, the report says. The study also finds increasing cultural diversity in the city, with a 10 per cent rise in the number of people speaking a language other than English at home. Non-English speakers face a barrier in getting jobs and having qualifications recognised, it finds. The report says affordable housing is becoming out of reach for more people, with more than 23 per cent of Melburnians spending 30 per cent, or more, of their income on housing - a figure that has risen 16 per cent over the past decade. Melbourne Community Foundation chief executive Sarah Davies said there was a significant lack of social infrastructure to support the growth in these suburbs. "For Melbourne to be a livable, equitable and sustainable city and meet the economic, environmental and social challenges of the next 20 years, we must invest in community projects that reduce disadvantage and inequality," she said "There is a clear need to improve our social planning and social infrastructure alongside our urban planning and physical infrastructure if we are to build healthy and inclusive communities from the start." A separate Australian National University report has found that the rich-poor divide is growing. The top 0.1 per cent of Australians - those who make more than $700,000 a year - have tripled their share of wealth over the past 30 years. That is due to surging executive salaries and lower personal tax rates. The top 1 per cent earns 10 times that of the average household, up from five times in 1980. "The rich have done well, the very rich have done extremely well and the super rich have done incredibly well," ANU economics professor Andrew Leigh said. For more information, go to: www.melbournecf.org.au
  3. Hi guys, I don't wish to steel anyones limelight as another Sydney meet is being arranged (Opera Bar) but have been hovering a bit since joining & now ready to put myself on the line & hope I get some friends to meet. Suggest Saturday April 11th from 6:30pm?? Looking at outer western suburbs & happy to have some venue suggestions.....if children need to be accommodated then "The Mean Fiddler or Ettamogah" pubs have playgrounds to keep little ones entertained while the adults chat, if that's any help to anyone. If interested mail here or pm details & then we can decide whether this date & time suits before setting a definite venue Cheers Karen :cool:
  4. I was having a chat with my boss today in general about the bushfires, and the amount of houses lost in the fires (which has now exceeded 1800!) and it might be worth bearing in mind for new arrivals that the rental market could become pretty tight in the next 12 months due to the amount of people made homeless in the fires, and not having anything permanent apart from tents & village halls at the moment. It will probably only really affect the north/north eastern outer areas of Melbourne, but it could filter more into the city as time goes on. The rental market is already extremely tight, and this will just add to the problem. Just something else to bear in mind when planning the big move.
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    Help with outer suburbs

    Hi we are planning on moving to Melbourne but with the state sponsored visa that we have to apply for we are only able to live and work outside the Metropolitan area. We have been lloking at Packenham, Bacchus Marsh and Cranbourne. Has anyone else been in this situation? Can anyone reccomend an outer suburb thats good for young families. I am a teacher, so would need to have schools for work. My husband also will need to commute into Melbourne - we are expecting about 1hr -ish commute. Thanks x
  6. righto. have just discovered this forum thingy after moving to Oz 4 months ago from Scotland all by my little old self and without knowing a soul in the world. I'm currently living in Pakenham, mainly because I work in the sticks - I'm a vet and enjoy playing with horses and cattle too much to embrace the city lifestyle, which is a real shame as it makes it kinda hard to meet likeminded people - I'm 20something, and have decided everyone my age has upped and gone into town!! I'm pretty normal - I enjoy sports and have joined a hockey team, which has helped. I also like rock climbing and would really like to get into surfing but these are kinda 'buddy' sports, so if there's anyone out there interested drop me a line! It's an easy commute to Phillip Island from here for surfing. Other than that, enjoy the standard things eg shopping (hello chaddy!), cinema, coffee, few drinks etc etc. Would really like to meet more people my own age particularly those in S.E 'burbs opr even Gippsland/Phillip Island. Equally if there is anyone else contemplating a move who'd like some advice, happy to help where I can. Only normal people need reply - from what I have seen of this site it seems above board but have prev. been browsing gumtree and it's a bit dodgy! Anyways enough rambling.
  7. Hello I have looked through the Yellow Pages and have found no one to help. So i thought i would give it a go on here. We are going to Queensland on rather short notice and desperately need someone to let our dog out to go to the loo and generally keep her company for about an hour. I am willing to pay for someones help. She is a gentle black cocker spaniel called Molly and she is an inside dog and she is 11 years old. I have some help sorted but cant cover 2 days. They are the Wed 11th June and Friday 13th June. If anyone can help and live reasonably near to Kilsyth (close to Croydon, Bayswater and Montrose) and would like to earn a bit of money please phone me on 0450496240 or pm me. Thanks Georgie
  8. Morning to all - its taken me half hour to work out how to post, so please bare with me. Have read loads of info on this site and thought I should join. We are the Bliss family, Husband Howard, Me Carol and 2 kids Hollie 8 and Elliott 6. We are currently living in Swanwick, nr. Southampton and Howard and myself (without kids) are coming to do a quick rekkie of Melbourne first week in June. Having been looking on internet in the outer eastern suburbs, Upwey, Ferny Creek, Olinda etc. Fancy this area as it seems quite rural/green/spacious. Does anyone out there live in or around these areas that could give me a feel for things and help us plan our rekkie. My Husband is in IT and currently working in London so is okay with a commute as he currently does a 2 hour round trip morning and night so to cut this in half would be a big bonus. Loves he line of work so no chance of me turning him into a farmer. I don't work (hooray lucky me) kids love riding and quadbiking so further out from the city seems ideal all round as we may get something with a few acres to satisfy everyone. Have loads of questions, schools, commute, houses etc but will save those for now as I don't want to bore everyone before we get started. So anyone out there that can help enlighten me or able to meet for a drink and interigration while were there, please get in touch. Many thanks x
  9. http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,21322730-5005962,00.html If like me you're wanting to live in the outer areas of Melbourne (I'm heading to Belgrave) this represents about a 10% saving on a monthly ticket which will now be $152 (~£61).