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  1. blobby1000

    Melbourne smells

    Does anyone else find Melbourne to be a depressing, graffiti ridden, litter strewn smelly hellhole and its suburbs to be largely soulless endless depressing and unfriendly?
  2. blobby1000

    Melbourne Smells (Part 2)

    Regular visitors to this site will surely recall my now, clearly iconic thread, "Melbourne smells" written back in April 2011, 6 months into this move of ours to Melbourne. Thank you all for your contributions. Well, we have continued in Australia, we have not given up and in 2 days we will make a move down to Torquay, we have found a wonderful house and we absolutely love the town and the area surrounding it. It's a bold move as it will leave me with a 90 minute commute to work, and my wife with a 60 minute commute twice a week, but I am confident I will find something in Geelong soon. It's like our move out here 12 months ago all over again. It will be totally different to this last 12 months, but I must say there is a lot to be said for not giving up. We were desperate to escape suburbia and felt trapped in our rental contract and work, but we just carried on and found a few things we enjoyed and just kept doing them. We are so glad we didnt just give up and go home. The message is, really, that it can be hard when you first get here, maybe not what you hoped for. But it's important to spend the first year finding what you want and where you want to live. Its unlikely the first place you land will give you everything you dreamed of. We now are permanent residents and we are off to get what we came here for. Good luck to anyone just starting out over here from the UK and make sure you keep at it as you will find what you are looking for in the end I am sure!!
  3. Read something about Schedule 6C on some news site about the new immigration rules. Searched for it on Google. First result? Wham bam thank you PAM. Looks like a migration agents portal, but it is public, so do what you wish with it. Kindly spells out what case officers are looking for in GSM applications. www.immi.gov.au/gateways/agents/pdf/sch6c-pam.pdf
  4. it's catching..... OK here's some nice things to say about Geelong. it's got everything you need: waterfront, river, nice pubs, parks and botanical gardens, playgrounds galore, tons of cafes and restaurants (Thai, Japanese, even Afghan), new leisure centre in Waurn Ponds great beaches nearby: Torquay, Ocean Grove and Queenscliff, all within 30 mins drive it's only an hour from Melbourne, which is IMO a fantastic city (to visit) it has AVALON airport just down the road (Jetstar and Tiger) to go even further afield the climate is benign, none of humidity of Qld, not as cold as Tassie (:biglaugh:), no relentless sunshine like Perth. Winters are mild, Spring and Autumn are delightful. Since the drought ended there is green everywhere many of the birds are familiar: blackbirds, sparrows, starlings and even skylarks, alongside magpies and cockatoos it has a laid back atmosphere which takes approximately 2.5 years to get used to there are great private schools here: Geelong Grammar School and Geelong College being probably the standouts where I live in Newtown, you could be forgiven for thinking you're in leafy Surrey sometimes: eg some lovely grand houses, lots of european trees around and up the road from the posh end of Pakington St In short, if you can get used to it, it's a really, really cosy place to live, and perfect for a young family....(well, a family with young kids) Anyone want to offer their opinion of the place?
  5. blobby1000

    Melbourne STILL smells

    :biggrin:Just thought I would keep you updated.
  6. So if anyone can help in describing an area, doesn’t have to be affluent or flash, just nice and friendly with cycle ways and parks, a lake would be lovely. Where the hills are visible and the beach is perhaps upto an hour away I will be happy.