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  1. The Pom Queen

    Warning Perth Bushfire

    A BUSHFIRE in Perth's south has prompted a warning for residents in the vicinity to leave or prepare to defend their properties. A bushfire watch and act alert was issued late this afternoon for the southern part of Banjup in the City of Cockburn. The Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA) said in an alert notice there was a possible threat to lives and homes as the fire approached residential areas. "You need to leave or get ready to actively defend," the alert said. More than 20 firefighters were battling to contain the blaze in bushland, assisted by a helicopter and two fixed-wing waterbombing aircraft.
  2. Don't know if everyone is aware but there is a planned strike by British Border and Customs staff at most UK Airports/Ports on the 30th November. If anyone has their trips booked to and or from such places I would assume the best thing to do is contact the airline. There are contingency plans being put into place and the strike 'may' not go ahead, but best be prepared,:idea: However always a silver lining. Hammer duty free and pack as much a you can, there might not be any bugger to keep an eye,:shocked::policeman::biglaugh: Cheers Tony.
  3. The Pom Queen

    Flood Warning NSW

    Hope all our members are safe:wubclub: Heavy rainfall across NSW has already claimed the life of a three-year-old boy, who drowned early on Saturday afternoon (AEDT) when he was swept into a stormwater drain at Bingara. By early Sunday morning, the Namoi River is expected to reach 6.7 metres, which the State Emergency Service (SES) says will leave 1800 residents at Wee Waa stranded until Thursday. "This is a very slow flood. Because it's so flat, it stays around for quite a long time," SES spokesman Phil Campbell said. No one had been evacuated from the area, but Mr Campbell said the SES aircraft crews would change their focus from rescue operations to supplying people with food and essentials. At Moree, about 90km northeast of Wee Waa, 400 residents have been warned they may be asked to evacuate as swollen rivers gradually inundate the floodplains. About 50 people are already isolated on properties around Moree. The weather bureau is predicting that Gwydir River tributaries, at Mehi River and Yarraman Bridge, will peak at 10 metres on Sunday night, the highest level since January 2001. "They're now assessing what effect that will have and whether that will require a full evacuation," Mr Campbell said. Heavy rain hit the state for 24 hours into the early afternoon on Saturday, also stranding 400 people southwest of Coffs Harbour, on the north coast. Since Thursday, the SES has rescued 10 people trapped in cars as they attempted to drive through floodwaters, with eight of the call-outs in the state's north. A helicopter was used to rescue a husband and wife who had become bogged in a tractor near Moree and were forced to spend the night outside. Moderate flooding is also expected at Tamworth on the Peel River, and flood warnings are also in place for the Macintyre, Macleay and Bellinger rivers. A severe weather warning was cancelled early on Saturday afternoon. Meanwhile, on the NSW South Coast, an evacuation warning has been downgraded for residents of 18 properties below Jerrara dam, inland of Kiama, where there were concerns the dam might overflow if there was any more rain. A ceasing of rain has seen the alert level moved from amber to a less severe white level. The SES received around 720 calls for help since heavy rains began falling across the state on Friday, with 400 volunteers on hand to help with leaky roofs and fallen branches.
  4. tisme

    Bag snatch warning

    I received this as an email today, I am not sure if it definately happened, but worth thinking about when next your in a public loo. A woman visited the toilet in Karrinyup Shopping Centre and hung her handbag on the back of the toilet door. As she carried on about her business, A hand suddenly appeared over the top of the stall and grabbed her bag clean off the hook!!! She immediately reported the incident to the head of security. A couple of days later she had a call from the head of security to say her bag had been found without her purse. So she arranged a convenient time to go and meet him to collect her things. On arriving at Karrinyup at the agreed time, the head of security was not expecting her. No one from the centre had actually called her as the bag had still not been found. When the lady got home, her house had been burgled with no sign of forced entry. The Police believe the robbers had used her Driving License for the address and her keys to let themselves in! This is real - it isn't just a scaremongering story. Many will be so shocked at how complex bag snatching crime has become. Please be extra vigilant ladies AND gents (with your man bags) there are a lot of desperate criminals out there!
  5. It has been brought to the attention of the Mods and admin team that unsolicited PM messages are being circulated to members offering to help with accommodation. We must stress that these messages are nothing to do with PIO and no one has asked permission to approach our membership with these offers. If you receive one of these PM messages then please report it to a mod. Treat any unsolicited mail as a scam and remember all genuine companies Like you to inspect a property before you offer to rent. Under no circumstances part with any money before inspecting any property for a long term rental. Short term rentals/ Arrival rentals will be the only ones you pay for in advance. These messages are being investigated. We ask our members to be vigilant and report any suspect behavior. It is against forum rules to send unsolicited PM advertising a business.
  6. Went to New Farm Park in Brisbane with the family Sunday week and thought I would share some photos of this lovely park. Blurry iPhone photos all my responsibility New Farm Park Picnic under the trees Kids love it Fort twists through the figs Lovely spot Not too bad!! Swings are more fun BBQ by the river Love those trees
  7. Family went for a picnic last weekend at Mt Coot-tha botanical gardens and planetarium and then up to the lookout afterwards. Here's some of my iPhone snaps and a night-time borrowed shot. Mt Coot-tha is in Brisbane's inner western suburbs about 6km west of the city centre. CBD to Mt Coot-tha by fish.2, on Flickr Untitled by fish.2, on Flickr Untitled by fish.2, on Flickr Untitled by fish.2, on Flickr Untitled by fish.2, on Flickr Untitled by fish.2, on Flickr Untitled by fish.2, on Flickr Untitled by fish.2, on Flickr Untitled by fish.2, on Flickr Untitled by fish.2, on Flickr Untitled by fish.2, on Flickr
  8. Just thought i would share this site with you as we have found it very helpful this last couple of years. You choose 2 ways to be contacted , we personally choose e-mail and text (text will work even if we have no power) and if a BAD storm, flood, anything weather related is headed your way they contact you to tell you so you can either take precautions or get out. This is the link to their website - http://www.ewn.com.au/ Cal x
  9. The Pom Queen

    Warning Parents

    There have been 4 toddlers killed in the last 2 weeks across Australia after parents have accidentally reversed out of their drive not knowing the child was there. Please, please make sure your children are somewhere safe before you reserve, remember they are usually so tiny you won't see them in your rear mirrors. :notworthy::notworthy::wubclub:
  10. The Pom Queen

    Flood Warning Dandenong Area

    Issued at 10:45 am EST on Saturday 1 October 2011 by the Bureau of Meteorology, Victorian Regional Office in consultation with Melbourne Water The Dandenong Creek catchment has received rainfall averaging about 13 mm since 09:00 AM Friday (31/09/2011). At Rowville (Police Road Retarding Basin) the water level in the Dandenong Creek peaked at 4.5 metres at 13:15 yesterday. The water level in the creek at this location is currently at 4.29 metres, below its minor flood level of 4.6 metres, and falling. Water levels in Dandenong Creek at 10:17 AM on 01/10/2011 were: Bungalook Creek at Fussell Rd RB, Montrose: 0.24 m, falling Dandenong Ck. at Liverpool Rd RB, The Basin: 1.67 m, falling Dandenong Ck. at Wantirna Road, Heathmont: 0.62 m, falling Blind Ck at Retarding Basin, Knox: 0.23 m, steady Blind Ck at High Street Road, Wantirna South: 0.32 m, falling Corhanwarrabul Ck at Stud Road, Scoresby: 0.60 m, steady Dandenong Ck. at Police Road RB, Rowville: 4.29 m, falling, [Minor flood level 4.6 m] Dandenong Ck. at Hammond Road, Dandenong: 2.32 m, rising Mile Ck. at Springvale: 0.11 m, rising Mile Ck. at Keysborough: 0.51 m, steady Eumemmering Ck at Lyndhurst: 1.1 m, rising No further warning will be issued for this event. In the interests of community safety the SES suggests following precautions: Don't walk, ride or drive through floodwater, Don't allow children to play in floodwater, Stay away from waterways and stormwater drains, and Keep well clear of fallen power lines
  11. If you want to live in an English colony with lots of sunshine then move to Torremolinos or Benidorm, refuse to learn to speak Spanish but do remember to complain incessantly about the locals!
  12. The Pom Queen

    Warning on unregistered migration agents

    A criminal syndicate providing unregistered migration advice to foreign nationals has been shut down following a police operation in Perth early today. The execution of the search warrants brings to a close a 12-month multi-jurisdictional investigation. Prosecutions are now under consideration as the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) works with the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions to pursue further action. “People who practise as unregistered migration agents in Australia are breaking the law and may be subject to fines of up to $6600 or imprisonment for up to 10 years,” a DIAC spokesman said. The investigation involved DIAC officers with the assistance of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) in which the scheme’s unregistered migration agents claimed to be able to arrange ‘working visas’ for non-citizens. “Organisers were charging exorbitant fees for unregistered migration assistance, and were also lodging visa applications which contained false information relating to claims for asylum,” the spokesman said. “Over the past 12 months, DIAC has conducted a series of targeted operations in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia aimed at dismantling this syndicate.” As a result of information obtained during recent operations, search warrants were executed by immigration investigators with the assistance of the AFP early today in Perth. The operation follows the execution of warrants Sydney in July in which large numbers of visa applications were seized at the residence and office of the principal suspect of this investigation. “The department has received outstanding support from the AFP, Victoria Police and other government agencies during this investigation which has demonstrated the whole-of-government resolve to protect the integrity of Australia’s migration programs,” the spokesman said. “In Australia there are strict rules about helping someone with their visa application. “If you are a migration agent you must be registered with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority [Office of the MARA],” he added.
  13. Guest

    Migration agents warning

    Preview Posted: Sat Jul 02, 2011 6:47 am *** Post subject: Migration agents. Warning Hi All Hope you are well, I would like to write this firstly to warn people looking for an immigration agent from the uk to tread carefully. But before I start my rant, I would like to send out a big thanks to the Australian high commission in london. For coming to my rescue at the last minute and granting my permanent visa. We leave in 2 days Awsome.:biggrin: Now for the rant. My self and my husband ( jamie) decided 3 years ago we were going to move to Australia, as Jamie is Australian we assumed the process would be quite easy, aprox 1 year before we were due to leave I was advised that it would be a good idea to start the process, so going on the advise of people from Poms in Perth and the Internet I decided to go with an agent, we picked An agent based in the UK. On first discussions they seemed very capable and I had no worries in paying the extra 1600 pounds on top of the normal partner visa fees to them to ensure I had a smooth application. The first few months were very good and communication was great, in July 2010, I sent all my completed forms back to them and was informed I should hear something soon. After numerous phone calls over the next few months of which very few were returned I was reassured every thing was ok, now I'm getting suspicious. In jan 2011 I had still not heard any thing and the agent were not telling me anything. I decided to call the embassy myself to find that my application haddnt even been lodged. This was now the start of a very frustrationg time. From then on, my calls were not answered, my emails not acknowledged, I had to constantly chase them up. I made 2 800 mile round trips to their office to be told it would all be fine,,on march the 7 2011,9 months after I initially sent the paperwork to the agent it is finally received in Australia house.the visa I was applying for has a 5 to 6 month wait. 2 days ago end June 2011 I was informed by the embassy that they were still waiting for my police checks, I sent them to the agent in march.. Luckily there was an amazing lady called sanda in Australia house that listened to my story and allowed me to bypass the agent. So as abv I have my visa. Please Tread carefully when looking for an agent, mIne was nice face to face I liked and trusted him, but over the phone he shouted at me when things got frustrating.the uk and the Australian agent never answered my messages, the embassy informed me they never Answered theirs either, They seemed to have forgotten that yes it is a business but they have people's lives and dreams in there hands. It's not about the money, it about the trust they have been given. Please PM me for the agents details.......
  14. Residents in southeastern NSW have been warned to prepare for strong winds, with gusts up to 100km/h. The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for Tuesday, predicting blizzards and gale force winds. Residents in Sydney, Canberra, Newcastle and Wollongong will be affected, along with the Hunter, Illawarra, Snowy Mountains, South Coast, Southern Tablelands and Central Tablelands. Blizzard conditions are expected in the ACT and the Snowy Mountains. A State Emergency Services spokeswoman said strong winds of 65km/h and peak gusts of up to 100km/h were forecast. The SES is advising people to secure loose items around homes and businesses.
  15. Guest

    Bali Legionnaires Warning!

    June 10, 2011, 1:50 The Health Department has issued a new warning for people travelling to Bali after two cases of Legionnaires’ disease were reported in the past week, including one in WA. There have been 15 confirmed cases of the bacterial disease in Australians returning from Bali since last August, including 10 West Australians. The disease spreads when people inhale droplets of contaminated water from air-conditioning units, spas and the popular misting sprays found in hot climates Communicable Disease Control director Paul Armstrong said that while the exact source of the disease remained unknown, all the infected Western Australians had stayed in the central Kuta area of Bali. “Legionnaires’ disease most often affects middle-aged and elderly people, particularly those who smoke or who have lung disease, diabetes, kidney disease or a weakened immune system,” Dr Armstrong said. “People with these risk factors who visit Bali should avoid the central area of Kuta in the vicinity of the intersection of Jalan Singosari and Jalan Kartika Plasa.” Dr Armstrong said early symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease were typically similar to severe flu. The department is advising people who have recently returned from Bali and have developed flu-like symptoms within 10 days of their return to contact their GP.
  16. Like Cigarettes, alcohol, drugs....the migration process should come with a health warning....when you first click on the DIAC website a warning shuld flash up on the screen...... If you decide to continue with this process the following may and probably will happen...... You will drink to excess...you will smoke....you will overeat or not eat at all.....you will think and breath VISA VISA VISA....you will continually be thinking about TRA....the Sponsorship....then will we lodge in time.....then you will either put on weight or loose weight...then you will worry about medicals making your otherwise healthy blood pressure go sky high...your BMI will be over or under because you have stopped or are continually eating....you will age prematurely because of the worrying...you get carpol tunnel syndrome because of ALWAYS being on a keyboard...you will love your case officer more than your O/H..... and finally when you are given that Golden Ticket you will take on the appearance of a headless chicken telling everyone and anyone that you have got your VISA...they won't care cos they don't want you to go anyway....Oh the constant joy of the migration process .....:biggrin:
  17. Spent a night at "The Federal" pub after the road was flooded before Roma. Our family got an education from a local couple through the single skin wooden walls. :wideeyed: Flood receding Arrived in Charleville The mail must get through Water carriers in the world war - they carried gossip between diggers which was sometimes untrue - hence the Aussie word "Furphy" Aaawww bless Don't have all these at my local newsagent
  18. The Pom Queen

    Cyclone Anthony Warning Extended

    IDQP0005 Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology Queensland Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre Media: Transmitters serving the area between Cardwell and Sarina and adjacent inland areas are requested to USE the Standard Emergency Warning Signal before broadcasting the following warning. TOP PRIORITY TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 11 Issued by the Bureau of Meteorology, Brisbane Issued at 10:54am EST on Sunday the 30th of January 2011 The Cyclone WARNING has been extended to coastal and island communities from Cardwell to Sarina. At 10:00 am EST Tropical Cyclone Anthony, Category 1 was estimated to be 440 kilometres east northeast of Townsville and 335 kilometres northeast of Bowen. Tropical Cyclone Anthony is currently moving southwest and is expected to continue moving in this direction. It is likely to intensify slightly as it approaches the Queensland coast. DESTRUCTIVE WIND GUSTS are expected to develop about coastal and island communities close to the cyclone centre as it approaches the coast late tonight. DAMAGING WIND GUSTS are expected to develop about island communities this afternoon, developing over coastal parts between Cardwell and Sarina late today and overnight. As the cyclone crosses/approaches the coast abnormally high tides are expected between Townsville and Bowen. Large waves are likely along the beachfront between Townsville and Sarina. HEAVY RAINFALL with LOCAL FLOODING is expected to develop about the coast and adjacent inland near and to the south of the cyclone, extending as far south as Sarina, overnight and continuing through Monday. People between Cardwell and Sarina should complete preparations quickly and be prepared to shelter in a safe place. - Boats and outside property should be secured - For cyclone preparedness and safety advice, visit Queensland's Disaster Management Services website [http://www.disaster.qld.gov.au] - For emergency assistance call the Queensland State Emergency Service [sES] on 132 500 [for assistance with storm damage, rising flood water, fallen trees on buildings or roof damage]. Details of Tropical Cyclone Anthony at 10:00 am EST: .Centre located near...... 18.3 degrees South 150.9 degrees East .Location accuracy........ within 55 kilometres .Recent movement.......... towards the southwest at 27 kilometres per hour .Wind gusts near centre... 120 kilometres per hour .Severity category........ 1 .Central pressure......... 988 hectoPascals Please ensure that neighbours have heard and understood this message, particularly new arrivals or those who may not fully understand English. The next advice will be issued by 2:00 pm EST Sunday 30 January. This warning is also available through TV and Radio Broadcasts; the Bureau's website at Bureau of Meteorology - Home Page or call 1300 659 212. The Bureau and the State Emergency Service would appreciate this warning being broadcast regularly.
  19. Hi, Do not fall into the same position as thease unfortunate people. Search on Facebook "People in Dallyellup waiting for a fence":arghh:. It tells the story of people who have purchased blocks of land and then got stung. Cheers Mike
  20. I am an animal lover, I make no excuses for that, but I am also a fishermen, so maybe I am a bit skewed, BUT. Would we view anyone who goes into the African bush with contempt if they decided to catch a big cat ALIVE, then chop off their legs, and then throw the big cat back into the bush to bleed out and die a slow and painful death? Of course we would, well I hope so anyway. But throughout the world, day after day exactly the SAME is being done to the shark populations of this world, and why? Because some Asian markets love shark fin soup. Again I have no problem with using animals as food, but when these animals are treated in the way they are in the link below I am lost for words. Just watching a programme on TV about this type of thing, and though I was/am never naive about the problem, I was shocked at some of the images. Some say that a the only good shark is a dead shark,:mad::mad:, much the same as snakes , etc. But seriously, this is beyond the pale. Just because they are not furry, fluffy little creatures do they not deserve the same respect. Again I am a carnivore, but I will not eat a lot of goods that I deem as killed in a cruel or intolerable manner. I only mention this type of thing because Australia is associated (sometimes) wrongly with sharks. Mark my words, one day in Australia, and all over the world if this mass slaughter is not stopped soon, then the species of shark we often see up and down many coastlines will be a thing of the past, and that will be a sad day indeed. I am no eco warrior either, but even us 'meat eaters' among us must want to throw up at such images, no animal on gods green earth deserves this sort of treatment.:mad: Cheers Tony.:wink:
  21. WOW, was dreading today, just couldnt get into the christmas spirit. Guess what, just had the 3rd best day of my life...(first being the birth of my daughter, second being marrying my love...) Went to the beach, it was packed (with aussies!!) and it was fantastic, didnt want to leave, everyone was happy and laughing it was just fantastic!! Came home and had a barbi and cold buffet, you know what, most stress free crimbo ever but yet the best one ever...loved it but spent so many weeks dreading it!!! My advice, just do it..come and live in this amazing place, it aint cheap, but its a new start and its fantastic..... Merry christmas everyone xxxxxxxxxx
  22. Treasury warning on home price 'bubble. A SENIOR Treasury official has sounded the alarm over Australia's property market. He has warned that the prospect of a sudden and dramatic drop in prices is "the elephant in the room" and should not be ignored by the federal government. While the government and Reserve Bank insist Australia does not have a housing bubble - as some economists and the International Monetary Fund suggest - it remains such a worrying concept that Treasury has privately sought reassurance from its analysts that prices are not artificially high and that Australia does not face the kind of house price collapse that has hit Britain and the US. Documents obtained by The Weekend Australian under Freedom of Information laws show the Treasury officials preparing the so-called Red Book of briefs for the incoming government were as divided as private sector economists about the strength of the property market. Definitely something going on in Melbourne..... according to SQM Research there are about 35K houses, units and apartments for sale in Melbourne..... e.g. Bayside alone 2,500....
  23. Hi Everyone, I try to go through the young section as often as I can, but don't always catch every message or thread. Generally there isn't a problem, but we've had one young lad whose given out his email and msn addy in almost every post - so I have deleted the address, not sure his mum or dad know if he's registered or not - so just a reminder if you could to check with your youngsters to make sure their using the site as safely as they can be and not posting any addys. Also, if you notice they have been posted, please give myself or one of the other mods a shout as we can edit posts. Thank you Mrs Keily and Kdal for your words of wisdom about safety on the young peoples threads. Thanks Ali x
  24. paddygunner

    warning for people going for medical

    When we arrived for our medicals yesterday the secretary used our TRN to serach the Dept system to download online the results. However only one of the familys details were on the system. We had to fill out all the forms and get passport photos there and then as we could not contact CO with time difference. I would advise any one to get the Doctor/clinic to check that all applicants details are on the depts system before you travel. We had a 3.5 hour journey to the nearest authorised clinic so we weren't coming back! PG
  25. Jimm

    David Bitel warning

    Does he really think that students would risk staying illegally in oz ? Things aren't that desperate are they ? Irate students may not go home, lawyer David Bitel warns | The Australian
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