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  1. Dear All, I'm new to the forum, we are moving to Oz in 6 months time. My husband has taken a job in Mornington, and we are planning to live in Mt.Eliza or Mt.Martha. Can you please advice me on what Mornington Peninsula is like? As far as I researched online, it looks like a nice place. Whats Mt.Eliza and Mt.Martha like for housing, schools and shopping? We have a 16month old son and we also need a good nursery for him. We love the English countryside, we like outdoorsy stuff, cafe's, restaurants etc and hoping that Mornington would not disappoint. Any input would be useful. TIA.
  2. Hi Everyone – Me and the family have literally just got off the plane from Oz ( two hours ago !! ) having done a reccy on where we might want to live. We had an amazing time looking around ( even though it honked it down for much of the time !! )Much of our focus was on the areas around Maroochydore but we also took in Redcliffe because of its proximity to Brisbane. We really liked Scarborough / Newport very much. The lush grassy areas and cycle ways that flank the whole peninsula overlooking the calm waters look absolutely fantastic. We can just imagine taking the dogs for a walk in the parks or riding around on the cycle paths etc. I know the houses are pricey compared to some areas but we are OK in that department. My questions really revolve around the community itself. Is it a friendly and safe place to live ? Are there a few places to go out on the night ; nothing too racey but any restaurants / bars - Does the area have the equivalent of the Surf Clubs found on the Surf beaches ? Is there much for kids to do ? Mine are two girls 10,8 and my boy is 5. Also, as they grow up ; is there stuff to do for teenagers ? Finally, my kids are Catholic and the Catholic schools ( Southern Cross Primary & College ) look nice enough but does anybody have any kids there or know anything about these schools to give us a ‘heads-up’ ? We hope the PIO community can help us out here and especially if anyone has lived or is living in the area Thanks a lot Iain
  3. :hug:Hi , Have been here for nearly 6 months now. Have had a really tough time because of one thing and another including breaking my leg! Not working yet as dont seem to be able to get my foot in the door, so to speak. I am a primary school teacher. Husband is working and happy but I am so bored. Love the area but need to find a social life. Anyone out there in the Mount Martha/Mornington area - maybe in the same boat - want to meet up for coffee locally? I am in my 40's. Love to hear from you - may stop me from going insane, or packing my case and going home!!! lol!
  4. Hi All, We moved to Mt Eliza from England about 4 months ago and are loving it so far! I'm 31, my husband is 37 and we have an 18 month old son and a new baby on the way (due in a week!). My health nurse mentioned that there was an English playgroup in Mornington, but from what I've read on here it doesn't seem to exist anymore - is this correct? If it is still running, could you please send me the details of where and when? If it's not going anymore, would anyone be interested in setting one up again - or just simply a general regular meet-up in the park, etc? We are currently attending some toddler classes and a playgroup, but it would be great to meet some like-minded people with little ones in a similar situation to ours. Thanks! Jenn
  5. Guest

    Mornington Peninsula Playgroup

    Hi All, We moved to Mt Eliza from England about 4 months ago and are loving it so far! I'm 31, my husband is 37 and we have an 18 month old son and a new baby on the way (due in a week!). My health nurse mentioned that there was an English playgroup in Mornington, but from what I've read on here it doesn't seem to exist anymore - is this correct? If it is still running, could you please send me the details of where and when? If it's not going anymore, would anyone be interested in setting one up again - or just simply a general regular meet-up in the park, etc? We are currently attending some toddler classes and a playgroup, but it would be great to meet some like-minded people with little ones in a similar situation to ours. Thanks! Jenn
  6. Bordy

    Peninsula Cup

    Any Ex Pats going to this next Sunday at Mornington Racecourse?
  7. Was listening to the radio this morning, and took a fancy to this event. If any of you are down Geelong way and want to have your animals blessed this is for you ! FESTIVAL OF ST FRANCIS Festival of St Francis invites you to the Blessing of Animals Sunday 2nd October - 11am at St Wilfrid’s Anglican Church, Surfcoast Hwy, Mt Duneed. Novelty Pet Show follows with Best Dressed Pet, cutest cuddliest Pet and Pet most like it’s owner – prizes awarded by a local Vet. Plus cakes, plants and books for sale & Pet photo comp. Call Anne on 5264 1092. Thankfully if I turn up with the mutt Boxer I won't win the prize for 'pet most like it's owner', LOL:laugh:
  8. The Pom Queen

    Peninsula Link Freeway

    THE wettest summer in 15 years has failed to knock construction of Victoria's biggest road project off schedule. The $1.3 billion Peninsula Link freeway, has officially passed the halfway mark. Exclusive aerial shots taken for the Herald Sun, reveal the 27km freeway, which will link EastLink at Carrum Downs and the Mornington Peninsula Freeway at Mt Martha, is proceeding at a rapid pace. Those behind the project said it was back on track, with earthworks and structures to support 27 bridges well under way and the first asphalt to be laid soon. While construction is proceeding as planned, it was recently revealed the cost of the project has exploded from an initial estimate of $750 million to a whopping $1.3 billion. Despite the huge blow-out, the State Government has ruled out introducing tolls. When completed in 2013, the freeway will allow motorists to travel from the CBD to Rosebud without a single traffic light. Project company Southern Way General Manager, Mr David Clements, said yesterday that construction contractor Abigroup had moved both heaven and earth to make up lost ground. "The summer period of 2010-2011 was the wettest recorded in the past 15 years," he said. "Significant resource mobilisation by Abigroup has ensured that productivity has been maximised and our program targets remain within reach. "Despite the significant challenges presented by the ongoing inclement weather, the project has progressed well and we remain confident Peninsula Link will be ready for operation in early 2013," he said. A major milestone in the project was completed recently when the Stony Point Rail bridge in Frankston was slid into position. The operation involved closing the rail line for 72 hours while workers toiled around the clock to remove existing railway tracks and excavate 5000 cubic metres of earth. A crane was then used to lift the 125-tonne bridge abutments into place before the 500-tonne rail bridge was slid into its final position. Also known as the Frankston By-Pass, the project is designed to complete a missing link in Melbourne's freeway network, easing traffic congestion on surrounding roads such as the Frankston Freeway and Moorooduc Highway. Planners estimate a full trip between Mt Martha and Carrum Downs will take just 17 minutes, shaving minutes off the trip during peak periods.
  9. Hi we are coming over for a reccie in August and still cant find accomodation at a reasonable price! Can anybody recommend anywhere coastal, around Melbourne - happy to be up to an hours drive away from the city. We need 2 bedrooms preferably self contained. Thanks !
  10. Hi Everyone, I have a questions regarding the beach on the Redcliffe peninsula. Is anyone swimming there? I am askng that cause according to the pics I can find on the web , the color of the water seems dodgy...:skeptical: What does the local think about the beautiness of the beach overthere? Thanks for your feed back.. Cheers
  11. Hi there, I have some vegetarian friends coming over and need to find a great place to take them to eat!!! Great views would also be good if possible :embarrassed: We are meeting on a SATURDAY AFTERNOON so any recommendations would be most gratefully received. I was thinking of Barmah?? The Red Tractor on Moorooduc Hwy but not sure if they are open. We have no internet at the moment so will be back in a couple of days Thankyou x x x
  12. Well just over a year ago we arrived in Melbourne. http://www.pomsinoz.com/forum/reccie-arrival-reports/70539-3-weeks-ago-today-we-arrived-melbourne.html Well, I'm working as a Education Aide at a school in Seaford. I love the school and the staff are fantastic, I feel valued which is something I was told you don't get in Australia but the teachers are very appreciative of us. Husband is working for himself but looking for a more 9-5 job with regular wage. He had some blockages in his legs and had an operation at Frankston hospital it was very quick and the care was great. He has had 3 follow ups with his surgeon and IMHO feel that he received much better care then he would have back in Oldham. My eldest daughter who didn't want to come is loving it here and has an Aussie boyfriend. The youngest is ok, she wants to go back to the UK but TBH I am not liking her school one little bit (long story!) she has some lovely friends and is going to secondary next year even though she would be in year 8 in the UK! We haven't made many friends which is dissapointing but I have friends from living here as a child but they live over near the Dandenongs. We rented for 6 months with a local estate agent (and got all our bond back!!) then moved into our own house a fortnight ago just off Craigie Rd/Dunns Rd. I still need to pinch myself that we are here in this beautiful area. We go down the beach when we can and during the holidays we've been using the public bbq's near the beach and Mornington Park with spectacular views over the beaches and bay. I have no plans to return to the Uk, everyone can visit us :laugh: Good luck to those waiting, its the worst time ever but so worth the wait. Heres to another year :wubclub:
  13. Somerville I have lived in Somerville for over twenty years and seen it grow from a village to a small town. There are about four thousand people living in Somerville and about ten thousand live around about on small acreage and larger farms and horse studs. Somerville was originally a centre of the Apple growing agri industry and so was Tyabb which is six kilometres south. A lot of the elderly residents are farmers and orchadists from the area who have moved into the town on retirement. Old well known families still live in the area so that says something about it. Somerville is eleven kilometres from Hastings, Mornington, and Frankston and not far from Baxter, Mount Eliza and Pearcedale. Pearcedale residents shop in Somerville and it has the same post code. The attraction of Somerville is the access to major arterial roads with ease which Mornington and other areas do not have. Its five minutes from the Westerport Highway which runs into Dandeong. Ten minutes from Moorooduc Highway which joins the Frankston Freeway and therefore its better for commuting. Also there are back routes one can take. Schools. 2 state primary schools Catholic primary school State high school to year 10 but there are hopes to go to year 12. It’s a new school and the architecture is very much in keeping with the environment. A wetland has been created for the school . 2 child minding centrs. 2 kindergartens Private schools in easy vicinity say 10 minutes away. Woodleigh at Baxter Flinders College at Tyabb Buses also collect children from Somerville who attend: Padua Catholic College Mornington Mornington State College Westernport State College Hastings Mount Erin Secondary College Other private schools which children attend from Somerville 10 – 15 minutes away Toorak College Mount Eliza Peninsula School Mount Eliza Bayside Christian College St Johns Catholic College in Frankston is also popular. Other State Colleges – Mount Eliza Secondary Dame Elizabeth Murdoch College – Langwarrin Shopping There is a village shopping centre on the eastern side of Frankston Flinders Road. Shops include Ritchies Supermarket, Butcher, two Bakers, two hairdressers, fruit shop, Ladies clothes shop (which is popular). Coffe shop. National Australia Bank, Commonwealth Bank. Take away shops, florist and cards. Aldi is being built nearby. Somerville Plaza Shopping Centre Safeway, Discount Chemist, Optician, ANZ Bank, Westpac ATM, CBA ATM, Newspaper shop. Chinese Restaurant, Subway, Charcoal Chicken. Fresh chicken shop, butcher, surf shop, coffee bar, dry cleaners, pet shop, noodle bar, Photographic shop, Womens clothes shops, subway, pizza. Large timber and hardware store. Centro Shopping Centre Coles Supermarket, Rivers, Reject Shop, Target, Westpac Bank, Best and Less. Book Shop, coffee bar, chemist. Small shops. Doctors Dentists and others There are a lot of doctors in Somerville. There are two dentists, two opticians, podiatrists, physiotherapists, chiropractor, Xray and ultrasound clinic. Vet clinic is very good and part of the Westernport Vet practice. Housing: A lot of the smaller houses are now rental properties but first home buyers are buying these as they are on larger blocks of land and being cheaper they are good for refurbishment. Larger new homes are also available but more expensive. There is still some land for sale in Somerville and a subdivision is going in opposite the new Centro Shopping Centre. Everything is walking distance in Somerville if you live in the township. Somerville zoning is restricted and it is ringed by small acreage then a bit larger acreage and then farms. It will not be rezoned as it is green wedge. Acreage properties like mine have no sewer and are on septic (with the drought this is a godsend) Broadband ADSL2 is available within the township boundaries of Somerville. Who lives in the area. Horsey people many many. Professionals, business owners, trades people. Ordinary people. Lots of retired people. There is a retirement village in Somerville Sporting facilities Basketball, Netball, Footy club, cricket club, tennis club. Community house provides lots of things for people to do Library is here Transport Train – we have the train it runs to Frankston and then people get the train to the city for work. Buses also run intermittently with the train service. We have a pub and its popular has meals etc. The Indian Restaurant has been around for many many years and the owners own a winery and their wine is very nice. It used to be in Frankston but moved to Somerville some time ago and all its following still go there. We have gone to this restaurant for over 20 years now. Chinese restaurants there are 2 and I must admit we do not go to them. Thai restaurant is opening in the new complex. Pub has meals and my son says they are ok but we prefer Baxter Tavern We have a graffiti problem at the moment but it seems to be quite universal as there is just not enough deterrent for people and all over the Peninsula is affected. There is a gym and swimming pool in Somerville. Other businesses around are mechanical, panel beaters, kitchen designers, garden centre, plumbing, saddlery, Pets warehouse, solicitors, accountants, and lots of others.
  14. Thought it was about time published a few places to shop as there are now a lot more people living around the area which would also take in Frankston and City of Casey Jaycar Electronics in Wells Road extension Frankston for watch batteries and all electronic things very cheap.Jaycar Electronics Stores Hindustani Imports Greens Road Dandenong, large warehouse with shop in the front, has parking on site. Nuts, spices, rice, everything for good curry. Also trades on the internet for those who live elsewhere Tasman meats which has just opened in Frankston and also has a store in Rosebud, meat supermarket very good. Tullys on the corner of Wooralla Drive and Moorooduc Road, Moorooduc which sells vegetables and deli produce. There is also a plant nursery next door. Fresh fish can be bought from the pier at Hastings near the Pelican Pantry. Pauls Poultry in Baxter on Warrandyte Road has very good meat and chicken. Stocktons on Frankston Flinders Road between Somerville and Tyabb has very good vegetable and other produce and has recently been refurbished and extended. Somerville egg farm has free range eggs and cage eggs and they are very reasonably priced. I buy from the farm as they are a lot fresher. Binnak Way which is a road off Eramosa Road Ester Somerville, between the roundabout at Moorooduc Road and Coolart Road, if coming from Mornington on the left side of the road. Tulsi Indian Restaurant in Somerville got the gong for best indian on the Peninsula and its in Station Street, Somerville. They also own Wildcroft Winery and their wines are very good. Next door there is a wholesale meat seller where you can buy bulk meat and their fillet steak is nineteen dollars a kilo so very good deal. Vets there are many but if you want the cheaper option then use the clinic at the RSPCA Robinsons Road Pearcedale. Not sure about bulk billing clinics in Mornington but there is a bulk billing doctors clinic in Somerville in the walk through next to the chemist in the new shopping centre. Sunday market at Bittern is worth a visit, lots of second hand books etc and on a nice day a good trip out. Will add some more as they come to me.:notworthy:
  15. Hi, Is there anyone out there on the peninsula who has horses and would help my darling wife get back on her feet with her hobbies. In the uk she has 3 horses and they are her life so a move to Oz has been difficult for her as they have stayed there. She obviously misses the horses but misses the company of like minded friends and the social aspect as well. She has been trail riding but its not really the same, and at the moment we are unsure as to the future here and dont want to commit to another Horse as it is a serious undertaking. She would dearly love to help with the yard work in return for a ride out with someone and a natter and is extremely knowledgeable about horses and showing/ competing. We live at Mt Martha and would love to hear from anyone who could help. If your wondering why she has not done this post herself its because she has had a couple of disappointing experiences with people messing her about and she has almost given up on the situation. However, a happy wife makes for a happy husband!!! Thanks for reading and hopefully we will get a response. My number is 0419413604 Cheers Steve and Rach
  16. Hi! :biggrin: Moving out next Feb with DH and two kids who will be 6&4. DH will be on a 457 through work and we're hoping to live in Mt Eliza or thereabouts for the 3yrs we'll be out in your beautiful country. We're looking at indie schools partly because we've been told that on a 457 we'd have to pay for state schools in Victoria and partly because when we return to the UK the kids will go into the independent sector as we'll have no chance of a place in state. All our state primaries here are stupidly over-subscribed. So any views would be really appreciated. Any other recommendations all good! We haven't actually visited so I hope I'm plumping for a nice area. DH will need to commute to the CBD 2days a wk but the other 3 he can work from home. My thinking is just that as we're only there for a couple of years we may as well be near the coast but happy to hear the views of those already there. Any other settling in tips would be great oh and reassurance that somebody will want to have the odd cuppa with me would help settle my nerves too. Ta Carol x
  17. Hey all, We're celebrating St Patrick's Day on Wednesday 17th at my Pommy pub, the Pig and Whistle, in Main Ridge, with tap Guinness, Irish food etc. If all goes well, St George's Day (April 23rd) is next on the list, with Roast Beef, English Beer, and Chas and Dave! Billy
  18. Petals

    Mornington Peninsula

    I live on the Peninsula and its heaven for me. The Shire Council puts out a monthly report and its a very good read for anyone who lives here or anyone who is interested in living here. You can find out so much information about property and where subdivisions are likely, roads, schools all that stuff any changes are in this report each month. Mornington Peninsula Shire - Monthly Report
  19. Hi all, We're getting to the end stage of our application and hoping for a positive decision soon. Want to move to brissie to a family friendly area near the sea with nice beaches but close enough to commute to the city-not sure which part but imagine central. We've looked at the redcliffe area and also cleveland/redland bay. Both seem to have positive reviews in the main on this board. Wondering how to compare the 2 areas and which would be more suitable for us. We have 2 children aged 20 months and 4 years thanks em
  20. We need furniture-asap please. Have unexpected guests coming soon and can't really buy stuff seeing as its such short notice. So, if you have any of the following please text me/e-mail me and i will try to come and pick it up asap. Thanks so much. Bed-Single, Queen or King plus mattress. Wardrobe Chester draws Outside furniture bbq bedside tables lamps Anything else considered. 0420859964 Thank you.
  21. Hi all, I run an English pub in Main Ridge. It's not quite the same as our good old boozers in London (from where I emigrated 2 years ago with my Aussie wife), but it's getting there! I'd like to get more expats in to let me know what they think, and to have a free pint on me if they mention this site! I'd love to have some pom friends over here (have none unfortunately!) so come on over. Billy Pig and Whistle 365 Purves Road Main Ridge
  22. I hope no one will be offended by my question but I'm really attracted to the idea of living on the Mornington Peninsula but have read that it is "exclusive". Does this mean that it's conservative and right wing? Of course, I understand that no area is homogenous - a good thing of course. However, the suburb in which we live now is largely left wing, liberal and lots of people here are are very "green". This suits our family and whilst it's obvious that we want to embrace new experiences by going to Australia, we would be very uncomfortable in a suburb where the dominat view is very different to that. I'm so sorry if I'm rambling, I will clarify if no one understands my question! Please remember too that we are very happy to meet lots of new people and hear new ideas. Hope my question isn't too annoying or incomprehensible!!
  23. Hiya, am an extremely homesick ex-pat looking for folk (other than my Wife) to tell me why I should remain here!! Arrived since Sept 08 and am bascially fed-up of people telling me it's just homesickness and it'll wear off. I miss football (REAL football), pubs, cheap broadband, minicabs and my mates! ...help!:arghh:
  24. Jobs in our local pager as at May 18 Cabinet Makers Graeme Dart 03 9783 7900 think this may have been posted already New Home Maintenance Sub-Contractor Hallbury Homes P O Box 661 Mount Eliza 3930 hallbury.homes@optusnet.com.au Bricklayers and labourers 0418 506 219 South East Suburbs Cabinet Maker hastings 03 5979 8850 Forklift Operator Somerville 03 5977 7212 or apply P O Box 133 Somerville 3912 Panel Beater Somerville Phone Bill 0421 699 626 Panel Beater Rosebud phone 03 5981 2033 Part Time Bookkeeper four hours per week day to suit applicant MYOB and BAS 1300 656 221 Apprentice Diesel Mechanic harley.fremlin@solo.com.au Casual Screen Printer 9.30 - 3 pm flexible five days Lisa Cartwright lisa@sagamore.com.au 03 9781 8084 Sales Office Manager Fletcher International Pty Ltd 21 Rutherford Road , Seaford, no phone calls LPG Fitter and Mechanics Wignall Group apply Lou Danchos Group Fixed Operations Manager on -03 59 70 8700 or idonchos@jeffwignall.com.au Frankston South Permanent part time medical receptionist experience in general practice 25 hours per week including some evenings and Sat mornings 03 9787 4266 Boilermaker - Hastings - Jack Thompson Engineering jtehast@jte.com.au 03 59794250 Confident with reading drawings and working minimum supervision $19.95 per hour plus super, training and equipment supplied Usual lots of chefs and health workers
  25. Hi We are living presently on the Peninsula,arrived beginning of April.We are not young club goers,late 40's early 50's,so looking for a social gathering to suit us though I don't mean that we can't party.