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  1. We have a 189 visa & are looking to move to Melbourne in August. We've had little success in finding jobs from the UK (well, we can find them, we just can’t get them!) so we’re now thinking we should come over & go contracting until something permanent comes up. This leaves quite a lot of scope on where to live but after a lot of research, we think we've narrowed it down to south-east Melbourne; Sandringham & around. Our lines of work mean that there are likely to be more jobs in the CBD & on the east side of Melbourne & we really fancy living somewhere close to the sea but without a long commute. We've not been to this area before but it looks good on paper. We have 2 kids; if our school year calculations are correct the eldest should be due to start secondary/high school in late Jan. The move (to Oz and from primary to secondary school) is a big upheaval & we feel under pressure to get the suburb & school right first time – we don’t want to have to move again shortly after arriving. We don’t have the luxury of being able to afford private school but neither do we want to end up living in an area we don’t like purely because there is a good state school there. So, in terms of specific questions: How have others solved this suburb/school quandary – which do you choose first? Any tips or lessons learned would be appreciated Does being 12 in December 2014 mean that you go into secondary school year 7 at the end of Jan 2015? (I’m struggling somewhat in mapping UK school years onto Australian ones) Any views on the state secondary schools in Sandringham & surrounding area for academically-inclined children? I’m thinking specifically of Sandringham, Brighton, Cheltenham & Bentleigh Secondary Colleges and Glen Eira. I've heard that most government primary schools are good - is it the case? Any specific recommendations? For zoned schools, I've heard that if you live in the zone then they legally have to give you a place – is this right for both primary & secondary schools? Any wildcard suburbs we should be looking at? Ones that we've not picked up on yet but would fit the bill? Thank you so much!
  2. tonyman

    Dark Zone

    My Daughters went to Dark Zone this weekend and really enjoyed it ........my eldest told me there were two adults in there , i didnt realize it was also for adults .........so with me being a sensible adult i would like to go too.....has anyone else tried it.....?btw the prices are real good too........and we will defo be having a children party there for girls ........
  3. I have been in Australia for just over two years and I feel that I have settled in well, But when I first arrived I found that I was out of my “Comfort Zone” and wondered if I had done the right thing. My wife is Australian and I believed she had settled back into the Australian lifestyle. It took me around 12 months to really feel at home in Australia and to settle into my new life.; I am now looking forward to 2013 when I can go for citizenship and change my identity from a Pom to a Pozie ( half Pom half Ozzie) . Talking to my wife today I find that she likes the UK and prefers the UK lifestyle, she likes the green fields and the countryside with its different shades of green. Our future plans involve buying an RV or caravan and in a couple of years becoming grey nomads and touring around Australia, possibly for around 5 years. After that I do not know if we will stay In Australia or move back to the UK, or maybe somewhere else in Europe, or a different location in Australia. Do we have any other members who are happy but not sure what the future holds?
  4. can you post something regarding Oz, UK, immigration, muslims or whatever that is the opposite of what you'd normally post, AND MEAN IT? transposed kernow's post from another thread A lot of us (myself included) tend to take sides on any given topic, so much so that you can often predict what certain posters will say and TBH it gets a bit bloody dull. We tend to take sides, thank the people we like (sometimes regardless of what they say), never thank the people we don't like, EVEN if you agree with what they say... IT DAFT and VERY CHILDISH!!!!!! I'll say this (and mean it): Australia is a great country, with much to be proud of. Aussies are on the whole very friendly and outgoing, they are not afraid to smile and say hello to strangers which is very refreshing. And I LOVE aussie women!:yes: The diversity of cilmate, geography and culture means there should be somewhere here for everyone, IF they're prepared to make some sacrifices, adjust to change and can deal with homesickness. The proximity to SE Asia, Pacific Islands and NZ is a major bonus The food here is excellent, if you know where to look ie branch out from the big 2 supermarkets and get into the old fashioned habit of going to the butchers, green grocers etc (or going to Aldi of course:wink:). can you post the opposite of what people expect and mean it?
  5. helenarthur

    Beware time zone - medicals!!!!!!

    tO ALL OUT THERE, BE WARNED. :shocked: HAVE YOUR MEDICAL, DOCTOR GOES ON HOLIDAY, 22 DAYS LATER WE ARE GIVEN A TRACKER NUMBER FROM MEDICAL CENTRE MAIDENHEAD CLINIC - REASON PAPERS HADNT GONE - NO ONE COULD SIGN OFF OUR MEDICALS UNTIL OUR DOCTOR CAME BACK. NOW ONE MONTH LATER, PAPERS STILL IN POST TO SYDNEY, AND AFTER E MAIL TO IMMIGRATION THEY REPLIED THAT IT CAN TAKE 4 WEEKS FROM SYDNEY TO PERTH WITH MEDICALS. WILL THERE BE ANY COMEBACKS, ARE WE TALKING 3 MONTHS MAYBE? NOW I KNOW WHY PEOPLE GET THERE MEDICALS BEFORE GETTING A CO. ALL VERY FRUSTRATING HAVING SOLD HOUSE, SHIPPERS PACKED MOST, IN OTHER ACCOMODATION. JUST ANNOYED THAT WE DIDNT REALIZE HOW LONG THESE THINGS CAN TAKE. AND HOPE INFO MAY HELP SOMEONE. VERY SURPRISED ABOUT SYDNEY TO PERTH TIME TAKEN WITH MEDICALS. HEY HO, AT LEAST ITS SUNSHINING. HELEN ARTHUR
  6. janinewhiteley

    looking for sponsorship

    Hi Everyone. We want to be able to help in queensland. OH is a plasterer but we need a sponsor to be able to get out there. has anyone got any advise as i feel that its quite difficult to get someone to sponsor you as a trades man.... any advise greatly recieved. janine & daz:arghh:
  7. Just a reminder that the fires are not the only thing going on in Australia at the moment.Best wishes to anyone affected by these terrible floodwaters. TWO men and a woman have been rescued from the roof of their car after becoming stranded in north Queensland floodwaters. A State Emergency Services floodboat was used by fire crews to bring the three people to safety at about 10pm (AEDT) yesterday near Cape River, 100km south of Charters Towers. No one was injured in the incident.
  8. Ok another dimlema. Rental seems very hard to find whilst your here in the UK so we will go into holiday accommodation for first two weeks. But you dont get if you dont ask so here goes:- Does anyone know of a rental property within the mountain creek school zone, three bedrooms that will accommodate dogs. an extra dog bond is available if required. We will be looking to occupy from the end of August or early september. I know its a long shot but i thought someone on here maybe renting/living here and moving on to pastors new and seeking a new tenant.
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