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Hi guys, I'm really new to this and we are just at the stage of considering a move to Australia at the moment. Anyway, my mother lives in Lithgow, we have only visited once (for a month) and really liked the area as well as the surrounding towns. I was wondering if anybody lives/has lived in this area and whether you think it would be a good place to move to when we first arrive. We aren't looking for anywhere too secluded as I don't drive, and similarly wouldn't want to move to anywhere as busy as Sydney. I would be moving with my husband and two children (2 & 4).


Any help/advice would be much appreciated.

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Welcome to poms in oz! Hopefully someone will be along soon to answer your questions. :-)

Has two beautiful Aussie little girls :-)

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I lived in Lithgow until 2006 and loved it. However, there are many that have negative view of Lithgow because of the climate (very cold) and social problems eg drug and alcohol abuse...but this is everywhere sadly and hard to escape.


Anyway the points in favor of moving to Lithgow:


*Nice environment for young children pre-high school children (not so hot for teens)

*You have a relative in Lithgow which will be a valuable support to your family

* Sydney is approx 3 hours away by train.


Major Points against Lithgow:

*Minimal employment opportunities

*alienated youth/social problems


If you do decide on moving to Lithgow try to get housing in town (the area between Lithgow Primary School and Lithgow Valley Plaza) Because you don't drive--walking distance to schools and shopping center would be very important consideration as bus transport has limited timetables.


I'd suggest that if you moved to Lithgow do so with the plan of saving to move away when your oldest child reaches high-school. I say this because youth boredom in the town is endemic and can lead to social problems. There is not even a cinema in town!

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We moved to Bathurst from London in December and are loving it - only half hour from Lithgow. Good schools (and lots of them), good pubs and lots to do. We have 2 girls - 3 & 4. It has been chilly here though -5 last week but lovely and sunny most of the time. Becoming quite a popular town with people leaving the city sprawl.


hope that helps.

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