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  1. Guest

    Town Planning jobs?

    Hi can someone PLEASE help. My hubby is Town Planner 7 years Local Authority experience in Scotland. Has been trying in vain to gain employment prior to leaving UK, with no success. Only 1 interview out of 20+ jobs!! (Unsuccessful). He's unwilling to give up job to go to nothing despite me being able to work when we arrive. He's been told some months ago by Hays that he won't secure anything prior to arrival but should gain employement within a few weeks. I've told him we need to be out there to get him something but he's very reluctant and we're arguing as supposed to be leaving very soon :no: Does anyone have any experience of this? All advice gratefully received
  2. The posts on here have been really informative but I would like some advice regarding my personal situation if anyone can help? Immigration cannot be specific and I am having trouble getting hold of my local migration agent plus it seems to be rather expensive! I really just want to know if it is worth submitting an application at all as obviously it is a lot of money to waste if I don't stand a good chance of getting approved. So, my story is... I met my partner in December 2010 while I was on a 2nd working holiday visa and was living with him from January 2011, though I have no real proof of this as it is his dad's flat, so would only have statutory declarations plus board was still being taken from my wages for food. My visa ran out on 4 March so I returned to my parents' house in England. I have got lots of proof of phone calls and emails for the 3 months that I was away. During this period I was applying for university, internships etc. in Australia so that I could come back and my partner and I booked a trip to see eachother in June in Vietnam. After we spent 3.5 weeks in Vietnam together I came back to Australia for a 6 week internship in Wadeye, again we stayed in regular contact. We then spent 2 weeks in Darwin together before flying to Nhulunbuy, which is where I have been since August living with him. He is financially supporting me as I was on a tourist visa and then a bridging visa A, and he did write a statement to this effect for me to send to the Student Loans Company in the UK. I have been offered sponsorship off the back of my internship and so will have to return to Wadeye this month when my 457 visa gets granted. So basically we lived together for 2 months at the beginning of the year (but no real evidence), then have lived together for 3-4 months more recently. I have no real hope of moving back to where my boyfriend is unless we can get a de facto visa but then I am not sure if we can get a de facto visa if we are living apart. I was not going to apply until January but I'm just trying to get my head around all of the paperwork and requirements now. Any comments would be greatly appreciated!
  3. Well we've finally arrived and are looking to settle in Highton/Belmont. If anyone is up for a meet and a chin wag we'd really appriciate it. Have had some great support for Leila & her family over the last few days for which I am very grateful for. She said there's a great PiO crowd down here - so prove it:biglaugh:
  4. I found living in country town areas difficult in australia. I am now in the city. I spoke to an australian lady married to an englishman who knows that it can be hard to integrate. She said that as an australian she would find it a culture shock moving to a country town and that she would last 2 minutes and her english husband less. I have found it easier to integrate in the city than in small country towns. If people move to country towns how did they make it work. I was in a country town in sa for about 18 months all up before heading to the city via the uk. I was working lots of hours dong over time and did not integrate as much as i should but with irregular work patterns and very long shifts it was against me. If people are moving to the country areas, it would be good to have a forum to help people as i think the culture shock is even bigger in these areas. There were many warm and welcoming people and i always enjoyed seeing english people who had lived in the area for many years. Is it just my opinion but is it much harder settling in country towns than cities? I guess life is what you make it wherever you are - but i take my hat off to people who have moved to country towns integrated and would always want to stay there. I did not quite manage to make it work as well as I would have liked. Basically is the culture shock significantly greater moving to country rather than city? Is it ever possible to gain an impression of the sheer size and vastness of australia - i think on those long lonely country drives it serves to enhance this further? Read on some forums that many australians in the cities would ever entertain moving to the country, so be interested in some sociological takes on this question. I came out open minded when i moved to the countryside but left slightly disillusioned.
  5. Hi, we are moving to OZ this november. We r a family with 4 children, (13,11,9,3)permanent residents visa subclass 176. Looking for public schools in the area. We are trying to :unsure:decide between 1) staying in Gold Coast, that is the suburbs north of Coolongatta airport, like Robina, Varsity Lakes, Merrimac or Pacific Pines. OR 2) heading south of the airport, cross the state border and staying in Tweed heads NSW. Factors affecting our choice are the following - our 3rd son is dyslexic, and requires help reading. We would ideally like a school with good support for slow readers. - our youngest daughter will be 4 in early July. This means if we r in NSW, she gets to goto preschool in Jan2012, but in Queensland, she will start Prep in Jan 2014. The Big difference there is making us lean towards NSW of course. - We have lived in the city all our lives in Malaysia, and I wonder if Tweed heads area has all the perks like there are in the other Gold Coast suburbs : like movie theatres, malls, and parks. - Are halal meat stores easy to come by in Tweed heads? I know they are in abundance in Surfers paradise and surrounding areas. - a lower cost of living would obviously be the more desired option, but not at the expense of being too far away from amenities that we are used to. - will we feel far away from everything if we decide to stay in Tweed heads NSW, seeing that the capital city (sydney) is so far away, or do you think we will be travelling into Queesnalnd for most of our shopping and entertainment? - which is better, the NSW school system or the Queesnalnd one? Obviously we have been to Surfers Paradise and not been south of Coolonggata airport. It's amazing just how daunting it can be to pick a place to live, when you have nothing actually pulling you to a particular city / place! Whetever it is, we need to visit some schools in both places. Any suggestions for good schools? thanks.
  6. Hi everyone :laugh: I am new to all this jazz, so bare with me... I have just moved to Melbourne with my hubby and 2 babies. We lived in Perth for 3 years - but found it a little too quiet - so moved house, kids and cat to Melbourne. Am feeling overwhelmed by everything (boohoo poor me :cry:) Am looking for a pal, or 2, or 3 who are in similar situation...can you help me??? I am 33yrs old, I have a wee boy named Henry who is soon to be 2 and a little girl named Lucy who is soon to be 1... feeling exhausted as neither of them will sleep in our new house ahhhhhh!!! My hubby and I are easy going, like a laugh and fun.:wub: Thanks for listening - feel better already :tongue: Elaine
  7. Guest

    Newbie in town

    Hello everyone, I've been reading the forums over the last few days and thought I'd say g'day A little bit about me and why i've decided to join Poms in Oz... My name is Lucy, I'm 27 and myself and the boyf want to move to Australia eventually. I returned from my Working Holiday Visa last year and have daydreamed about going back ever since. We met whilst travelling in Perth and that is where we would both like to go back to. I've been reading dozens of threads on here, I've been looking at what seems like hundreds of websites about visa etc... but could do with some advice from people who know what I'm going through or have done it. Neither myself or Harry (the boyfriend) have a trade/skill and I have been told that a 457 Employer sponsor visa would be the way to go. I have worked in Administration for nearly 4 years (with my year in Oz sandwiched in the middle). Where do I start with this kind of stuff... do I look for jobs first and find an employer to sponsor me and then apply for visa if successful? Just seems like so much to take in... Sorry to have rambled so much in my first post but I actually feel like you guys will be able to help us with our need for the better life out there :cute: Thanks all in advance, look forward to chatting to you all Lucy
  8. Guest

    crawley town V man u

    anyone watching the game-its on itv at 5-15 today--now that game is what the fa cup is all about--its at old trafford,and regardless of the result should be a great day for crawley town:jiggy:ive got a feeling they may get a draw:shocked:its nice when the little fellows have a go at the big boys:wubclub: one imagines thats how liverpool feel when they go to old trafford:wideeyed:
  9. Cerberus1

    New (deputy) sheriff in town

    Rob & Kate are pleased to announce a new addition to the family. At 01:00am on the 28th January 2011, the moderators welcomed a new lemming to the family.:wubclub: Tony (Save the Lemming) has agreed to join the moderation team on the forum. We're delighted to have him on board and would like to thank him for agreeing to join us and help out.
  10. paulswin

    Dumbest town in UK!!!

    Supposedly we live in the UK's dumbest town!!! Are you in the dumbest town in the UK? - Walletpop UK Lets hope DIAC or WA don't read these posts as apparently they're going to be picky who they accept!!! And just incase they do my oh is not dumb!!
  11. My husband and I and our two young children are moving to Sydney in Sept and are currently researching areas to live. My husband will be working and has a wage of $130000 so need to know what we can afford. We are looking at rentals around $750 pw and my hubby is happy to travel for an hour at the most by train or ferry but not driving. It looks like Cherrybrook appears to be quite reasonable can anyone tell me what this area is like and will it be ok for two small children? Thank you:biggrin:
  12. I know how hard it was to get rental when we came 2 years ago and it was through a member of PIO that managed to secure it for our arrival so just thought give heads up there are a couple of 3 bed room units on the complex where i live that are coming up for rent 3 good size rooms all fit double/queen bed fitted wardrobes ensuite and another bathroom small bath with over bath shower wc downstairs i large room cooker dish wsher inc Air con down stairs internal garage small utility room and downstairs toilet small yard (but surprising what you can fit in) there is also a pool on site which is great approx 5 minutes from the pacific highway 20 mins north to the city and 20 minutes to waterparks gold coast 30 -45 mins there are public and private schools locally small shopping centre walking distance or the car less 5 minutes bigger shopping centres include hyperdome 10 mins or westfields at mount gravatt rental is 6mth lets at the moment rental is $ 320 -340 a week also small charge at initial rental of bond and bin cleaning approx $1500 if you need any further advice dont hesitate to contact me and i will send you contact details I also have a few items of furniture that could loan you till yrs arrive if coming from uk fridge.table chairs eskie some linen etc
  13. Petals

    Wangaratta Victorian Town

    Wangaratta is a largish town on the Hume Highway. The town centre has all the usual shops and services needed to keep our modern life flowing along. A lot of small business, good housing and its on the Ovens River. Its close enough to Yarrawonga for anyone who likes boating on the lake or fishing. Lots of government type jobs. Has a hospital so medical people. Plenty of schools private and State. Close to the snow fields for skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer. Its on the main train line from Sydney to Melbourne. We were in WAng yesterday and its a bustling place. Acreage on the fringe for sale and lovely houses being built there. The trees are deciduous lining the streets and all changed colour and dropping their leaves now. Good points of living in a country town is the commute to work is great and parking is never a problem.
  14. Petals

    Yarrawonga Victorian Town

    Just been in Yarrawonga visiting my son. Its a lovely small town which is close to Wangaratta, Shepparton, Albury Wodonga and Rutherglen, Its on Lake Mulwela and there is a lot of fishing and water skiing as pastimes up there. Over the other side in Mulwela NSW there are large clubs which provide cheap entertainment. Its a golfers paradise. The golf club is huge and the meals are cheap and great. The Ski Club is great too for the younger set and the RSL Club is very large as well. Lots of building going on in Yarrawonga, building a golf course estate and its not cheap will be very nice when finished. Everything you need is in Yarrawonga lots of pubs all having great meals. No pokies as the pokies are all on the NSW side. The clubs over the other side will send courtesy buses to pick people up at their houses and take them to the clubs and then back home again. My son teaches at the local high school. There are private schools there also, a hospital and I guess a lot of people work in the area as its quite populated. Do not be afraid of country Victoria if people take to the country and involve themselves in the community its very worthwhile and rewarding. No travel to work as well.
  15. Guest

    new pomie in town

    hi living in clarkson, perth and struggling to get to know people. anyone living here? im a young 56yr old woman, like to have a drink and a laugh:laugh:
  16. Guest

    new boy in town

    hello everybody .here we go im wayne 37 and the gf jo 30. already have started to get the wheels in motion to "get us outa here". truck driver by trade but also a qualified motor mechanic. was out in perth in aug were i passed my HR license. have come back to the uk to get visas sorted out hoping my job would hold out till then ,but land rover made us redundant on th 23rd dec. . spoke to my agent Darrell todd from T/A and he says the quickest way out now would be for the GF to apply for a student visa nad get enrolled on relevant courses as she wants to work with animals now . now according to darrell when she gets enrolled i can then go with her and start work. weve bin together 8yrs and engaged. weve sold the house and are basically ready to go. anyone got any pointers for me . looking at perth bunbury busssleton areas . thanks
  17. I have a new two bed fully furnished town house available to rent Immediatly. It is about 3 minutes walk to Clarkson train station in the northern suburbs. 30 minutes to the centre of Perth. This is ideal for a couple or two singles. The house has a large balcony to sit out and watch the world go by. The shopping centre and pub is about three minutes on the bus or a nice 10 - 15 minute walk. Drop me a line to corbiere@westnet.com.au of give us a call +61 405 157864 if you would like any more information
  18. I have a new two bed fully furnished town house available to rent from the 1st of July. It is about 3 minutes walk to Clarkson train station in the northern suburbs. 30 minutes to the centre of Perth. The house has a large balcony to sit out and watch the world go by. The shopping centre and pub is about three minutes on the bus or a nice 10 - 15 minute walk. Drop me a line to corbiere@westnet.com.au of give us a call +61 8 9304 7772 if you would like any more information
  19. Anyone interested in buying property in SE QLD (Toowoomba) may want to take a look at this The Grange Townhomes The developer has cut $85K off the valuations in order to sell them. I have no financial interest in this, I was sent the link by an Estate Agent I have used. Toowoomba is 90 mins west of Brisbane.
  20. Guest

    Town of Beverley WA ????

    Hi all . My Wife and I and our 4 year old son "Jake" are moving out to Beverley in WA for the end of Jan. Sally (my wife) is a primary school teacher and we, as a family have been sponsored by the W.A teaching Authority. We arrive in Perth on the 29th Dec for a four week holiday and a bit of crash course training for Sally, before driving the relatively short distance of 130km to Beverley. The house came with the Job, so we just went with the flow. on first impressions , the town of Beverly looks remarkably like an episode of the Waltons or Little house on the Paririe ! , you catch my drift. Anyway if anyone has any other useful tips or contacts , please feel free to forwards them on. I know the town of York is a slightly more populated with just over 3000 people living there. :spinny: many thanks Justin (jakeyapes)
  21. Herbster

    Out of Town Connections?

    Hi Y'all: How pertinent is this Q, I don't know, but could be important for non-big-city-lovers! How are communications Out of Town??? Besides telepathic? Please all non-Big-City-Dwellers: how do you keep in touch with the rest of the world? Howz mobile phone coverage generally - (even in UK, coverage is not universal or guaranteed) Is there a choice of providers as in UK? Thinking of folks taking a Big trip X country, how do they keep in touch? Share your xperiences, please. TV: is it digital/analog? I notice lots of sat dishes- albeit that viewing can be painful to your health, as my vice is CSI, I need to keep my fix; so what r the available options? And Broadband can't live without Broadband, either these days.... What questions should we be asking/considering? ? Considering SA, Tassie & possibly Victoria (but rather not downtown Melbourne!) And what about $$$$costs?! Thank you Kindly, Herbster :jimlad: (Feeling a bit frisker today as it's not quite so wet up North, although still chilly 12C!)
  22. Guest

    New to town ...

    hi everyone, Just joined and obviously already have at least one thing in common with you all ! We are an Army family, currently based/living in Germany ... coming to the end of my service and looking to transfer over to the Australian army ... was wondering if there were any others out there in the same boat ? By the way, VERY relieved to see so many others who have never been before and are just 'going for it' !! Looking forward to hearing what you all have to say .... 8)