By KPGHello Forum..
This topic is mainly for 489 visa applicants, i.e. those in the process of applying or have already applied and received a grant or are / have already landed in SA.
Migrating is not easy as it requires a lot of planning, courage to make things work out as desired. Moving with a family with young children is not easy and when the time eventually comes one develops cold feet and is lost in transition as there are load's of things to keep in mind.
Here I would request all applicants to share their thoughts on some of the best practices, lessons learnt, tips, do's and don't's that are to be followed during:
the application process after grant is received pre-landing preparations post landing experiences and lessons learnt
This would definitely help a lot of migrants who have many thoughts and questions going on in their mind and it would be great to lend our moral support to who ever needs it
Thank you all and I hope you all take the time to contribute as this forum has been stupendous in helping others! God bless and all the best to all those who have migrated or planning to migrate.
By The Pom QueenMornington
Mornington is a wonderful spot to live and it’s well renowned for being “a great village” to live in. Not only for its beautiful beaches and parks but for its shops, cafes, schools and recreational activities. Mornington’smain street is an iconic location with vibrant shops that allow you to stroll around. There is so much to do in Mornington making it a very attractive spot to live, for example you can play bare foot lawn bowls with beach views, golf, visit day spas, sail, play tennis or walk along the clifftop walking tracks. It doesn’t end there, it’s known for its spectacular parks, beaches and boutique shops. Both Mills beach and Fisherman’s beach are located at the end of Main Street Mornington where you will also find the Mornington Yacht Club.
Mornington has a vibrant nightlife with pubs, bars and resturants which is warmly welcomed by locals for a night out. Belura Hill Estate is close to Main Street and the beaches making it more expensive than the other side of Nepean Highway or Mt Martha side of Mornington.
Good news is that even in the estate off Benton’s road you have access to the large variety of shops at BentonsRoad. I have lived here for over 8 years and love it. There are plenty of schools/kinders/childcare centres and facilities so it’s well worth a drive to take a look around.
You will love the lifestyle of Mornington Peninsula because you an walk to shops, browse around and feel the nostalgic vibes. There is always something happening in Main Street, markets occur on Wednesdays and there is also another crafty market at Mornington Racecourse,which are absolutely fantastic. How could I forget Mornington also have a racecourse which is home to the Mornington Cup. Mornington is a rural suburb , which has areas that are very ‘horsey’, you will see stud farms and trainers based in close proximity to the Racecourse.
Mornington is no longer a secret, people identify it as one of the top places to live. Neighbourhoods close by to Mornington include Mt Eliza and Mt Martha these house many neighbourhoods and high numbers of permanent residents. Transport in and around Mornington is excellent, serviced by buses, freeways and trains that link to the city which is just 50kms to the North. Many workers commute to the city daily and say they won’t move closer because Mornington provides them with an opportunity to de-stress, unwind and live the lifestyle they choose.
The area is a fantastic spot to bring up a family. It has outstanding state schools positioned near by and private schools such as Toorak Colledge and the Peninsula school located in Mt Eliza. Families like the fact they have the opportunity to give their children an opportunity to grow and reside in an area with outstanding amenities and services normally only seen in inner urban suburbs. You will have your choice of house type finding beach shacks, mansions, town houses and residential houses in and around the coast. Several new estates have also been established in the suburbs around Mornington such as Mt Martha which are more affordable to young families and couples.
By The Pom QueenMitcham
Mitcham is a suburb of Melbourne’s and is located about 21 km east of Melbourne’s CBD. The City of Whitehorse is Mitcham’s local municipality. Post code is 3132. This suburb is a very beautiful and green suburb which is situated in a great location. It is a nice and quietfamily suburb with parks, schools, cafes, banks, etc. There are many large shopping centres nearby and is neighboured by top rated suburbs like Donvale, Blackburn, Nunawading and Vermont.
The suburb Mitcham was named after a farm property known as Mitcham Grove. Mitcham Grove was owned by a man William Slater. He used to grow roses and herbs used to produce fragrances and different remedies.
According to the 2016 census, the population of Mitcham was at 16,148. Median age of people in Mitcham is 38. Common ancestries in Mitcham include 23.2% English, 20.7 %Australian, 11.3% Chinese, 8.1% Irish and 7.1%.Scottish. Top languages spoken other than English are Mandarin, Cantonese, Italian, Vietnamese and Persian. Common professions in Mitcham include Professionals, Clerical and Administrative Workers, Managers, Technicians, Tradies, Community Service Workers, etc. Median weekly rent showed for individuals was$363. Median mortgage repayments were at $2000.
Following is a list of kindergarten, primary, secondary and high schools located in Mitcham:
• Mitcham Primary School • Mitcham Girls High School • Mullauna Secondary College • Mitcham Village Kindergarten • Antonio Park Primary School • Rangeview Primary School Transport
Mitcham is just 20 km away from the city. Public transport is convenient. It is very easy to get to the city via train in just 30 minutes when you take the express. .The suburb is situated between major freeways which includes Eastern freeway and Eastlink.
If you are looking to buy a house or just want general information of the median of buying a house or unit in Mitcham following are the 2018 figures:
➢ 2 bedroom house- $718k ➢ 3 bedroom house - $965k ➢ 4 bedroom house $1.129 million The medians for units in Mitcham are:
➢ 1 bedroom unit- $295k ➢ 2 bedroom unit- $542k ➢ 3 bedroom unit- $775k Median Rent would be $435 per week. The market in Mitcham is considered to be a high demand market as there are many people seeking to rent houses. The median house sales price in this suburb has increased by 77.1%.
You can visit your local GP and nurse at medical clinics situated within Mitcham at:
• North Mitcham Clinic • Whitehorse Medical Centre • Holloway Mitcham Podiatry • Mitcham Health Centre • Ringwood Clinic There are also some dental clinics in Mitcham which include Mitcham Dental Clinic and Brighter Smiles Family Dental Care.
Mitcham is the hub of the eastern suburbs. There is a large selection of big shopping centres around which includes Mitcham Square Shopping Centre, Doncaster Shopping Centre, Eastland Shopping centre, Knox Shopping Centre, The Glen Shopping Centre, Forest Hill Shopping Centre and Chadstone Shopping Centre.
There are many parks and reserves in Mitcham where you can enjoy beautiful green scenery, go on walks/trails, cycle, take kids out to play etc.
• Antonio Park • Halliday Park • Heatherdale Reserve • Yarran Dheran Nature Reserve • Eastlink Trail • Dalmor Avenue Reserve • Box Hill to Ringwood shared use path
In Mitcham there are a number of restaurants and takeaways where you enjoy a variety of cuisines. Here are the names of a few places:
• Bucatini Restaurant & Bar – A wide variety which includes grain fed beef, seafood, pasta, veal, chicken, etc. • Natalie's Restaurant- Modern Australian cuisine • Elate Kitchen Chinese Restaurant- Chinese Cuisine • Horapa- Thai Cuisine • Sapporo Restaurant- Japanese Cuisine • Khusboo Indian Restaurant & Takeaway- Indian Cuisine
What locals have to say
➢ Very safe and sound ➢ Not known for night-life ➢ Dog friendly ➢ Love the express trains to the city ➢ Close to large shopping centres ➢ Convenient location ➢ Access to freeways ➢ Green and leafy
By The Pom QueenIntro
Lalor is a suburb of Melbourne’s outer metropolitan region and is located about 18 km north of Melbourne’s CBD. The City of Whittlesea is Lalor’s local municipality. Post code is 3075.The suburb Lalor was named in honour of a man, Peter Lalor, whom was a member of the Victorian Parliament. Many streets and shops are named after Lalor. According to local residents, Lalor is considered a family-friendly, safe and multicultural suburb. Shops, schools, parks and recreation centres are very nearby.
According to the 2016 census, the population of Lalor was at 22,594. Median age of people in Lalor is 37. Common ancestries in Lalor include 11.4% Italian, 9.1% Australian, 8.3% English, 8.1% Macedonian and 7.5%.from Greek. Common professions in Lalor are technicians, tradies, labour workers, admin workers, professionals, Machinery Operators and Drivers, sale workers, managers, etc. 5. Median weekly rent is $316.
Recent stats show that 17.9% are established couples and families, 16.9% of people are older couples and families and 14% independent youth.
There are about quite a number of schools in Lalor, giving you heaps of options to choose from. Following is a list of schools, colleges and special schools in the suburb of Lalor;
• Lalor Primary School • Lalor North Primary School • St Catherine's Primary School • Lalor Secondary College • St Luke’s Primary School • Lalor Gardens Primary School • Merriang Special Developmental School • Northern School Of Autism • Peter Lalor Vocational College Transport
Lalor is close to public transport which is an advantage. You can access public trains and buses easily. Railway station in Lalor is located on the South Morang line. The city is not too far away from the suburb. Lalor is close to Ring Road and there’s good accessibility to freeways.
You can visit your local GP and nurse at clinics situated within Lalor at:
• Lalor Clinic- located 1 Messmate St • Lalor Family Practice- located 290 Station St • Lalor Plaza Medical Centre- located 20 Mckimmies Rd • Doctors of Lalor Plus- located 1 May Rd There are also some dental clinics in Lalor which include Lalor Family Dental Clinic and Stella Dental.
If you are looking to buy a house or just want general information of the median of buying a house or unit in Lalor, following are the 2018 figures:
➢ 2 bedroom house- $583k ➢ 3 bedroom house - $590k ➢ 4 bedroom house $740k For a 2 bedroom unit, the median $390k
Median Rent would be $360 per week. The market in Lalor is considered to be a high demand market, many professionals are shifting to this suburbs to buy units or townhouses.
One of the best things about Lalor is that there is a nice big shopping mall just 8 minutes away which is the Pacific Epping Plaza. It has about 100+ stores you can shop from and enjoy.
Lalor also has a plaza called Lalor Shopping plaza. Lalor has a fantastic strip of shops and speciality shops. You can also find Coles and Woolworth’s supermarkets here.
Things to do
Lalor has a great vibrant market, shopping plaza, tasty food, excellent library and close to essentials you would need on a day to day basis.
Here a list of places to go and things to do in Lalor and nearby:
• Lalor Library • Lalor Recreation Reserve • Lalor shopping plaza • Pacific Epping Plaza • Woodlands Place Park • Casey Drive Park • Rosemary Park Restaurants
Here are some names of restaurants where you can enjoy a variety of cuisines like Chinese, seafood, Vietnamese, Indian, Italian, etc.
• Golden Dragon BBQ & Seafood House • Vinh Long Restaurant (Vietnamese Restaurant) • Chu Quy Restaurant (Vietnamese Restaurant) • Marhaba Restaurant • Kaayal Indian Cuisine • Aghan Kebab House • Café Ayaan • Gino’s Pizza
By The Pom QueenThe suburb of Donvale in Melbourne is located approximately 19 kilometres East of Melbourne’s central district. The City of Manningham is Donvale’s local municipality.
According to the local residents, Donvale is a very beautiful and serene suburb surrounded by rich greenery. Donvale is regarded as a homely area. This suburb is mostly occupied by families, kids, retirees, country lovers, hipsters, and singles- therefore, it is considered to be a safe and sound suburb.
As it is very peaceful and quiet area, it’s not known for an active night life. So if you are looking to enjoy any night life in this suburb, it’s probably not the best area for consideration. There are many shops, cafes, parks, schools, walking and cycling trails that are available.
Donvale is direct to the city on Eastlink and is considered to be ‘gem of the East’. The positive outlook of this suburb creates demand for more people to reside here.
Let’s have a look at some demographics in Donvale area.
According to 2011 census, Donvale has a population of about 11,795 people. The average age of persons recorded in 2011 were 42 years of age. Majority of the people in Donvale were born in Australia with English ancestors. In 2011, individual income was recorded at $630 a week and median family income $1927 a week. In 2010, the median house price recorded at $620,000 and median unit price at $433,000.
The suburbs surrounding Donvale are Rangeview, Nunawading, Doncaster Heights, Mitcham North, The Pines, Blackburn North, Ringwood, Doncaster East, Park Orchards, Ringwood North, Warrandyte, and Mitcham.
So following from year 2018, if you are looking to buy a property, the median of buying a house/unit in Donvale ranges as follows:
➢ 3 Bedroom house $952,000 ➢ 4 Bedroom House $1.303 million ➢ 5 Bedroom House $1.82 million ➢ Unit $599,000
People in this suburb usually have their own cars and find parking space easily as it is less crowded.
Using the bus is the common mode of public transportation used in Donvale and can be accessed via Springvale Rd. Bus stop terminal is Donvale Terminus/Mitcham Road. Here is a look at a general timetable:
• 271 - Box Hill - Ringwood via Park Orchards • 273 - The Pines - Nunawading • 907 - City - Mitcham via Doncaster Rd (SMARTBUS service) Schools
There are few number of schools and colleges in Donvale which are listed as below:
• Donvale Primary School • Donvale Christian College • Whitefriars College • Heather wood school • Our lady of the Pines Primary School • Carey Grammar Donvale • Donvale Preschool Association • Donvale Early Learning Centre
Donvale alone, has about 3 parks/reserves which includes:
• Donvale Reserve • Mullum Mullum Park • Mullum Mullum Reserve There are many other parks located in surrounding suburbs which is not very distant from Donvale area.
Donvale has a very nice line of local shops and supermarkets. Just 10 min away from Donvale is Doncaster. Doncaster has a few great shopping malls. Here is a list of shopping centres you can find near Donvale and surrounding areas:
• Tunstall Square Shopping Square- Doncaster (approx. 3 min away from Donvale) • Westfield Shopping Mall- Doncaster (approx. 10 min away from Donvale) • Stockland the Pines Mall- Doncaster (approx. 11 min away from Donvale) • Forest Hill Chase Shopping Centre-Forest Hill (approx. 10 min away from Donvale) • Coles Supermarket is located inside the Tunstall Square Shopping Square • Woolworths Supermarket is located on Doncaster Rd
When it comes to your health, Donvale has you covered. There are local clinics available at the shortest distances. North Mitcham Clinic, Donvale Medical Centre and Tunstall Family Medical Centre are centres which you can find local GPs and nurses. There is also Donvale Rehabilitation Hospital which provides inpatient, day patient and outpatient rehabilitation services.
‘It is very green, plenty of parks and open spaces for families and kids. On a summer's day, its absolutely wonderful, with lots of people out for walks and enjoying the weather.
One of the other big pluses is the multicultural diversity, with plenty of different races living in the area and most importantly living in harmony.
Tunstall Square is a short walk away, with Donvale Primary School and a kindergarten located nearby. The suburb has everything you would want other than pubs etc. But that is a good thing in my opinion, less drunkards wandering around at night :)” Ann W
“Donvale is part 'leafy suburban' part 'bush retreat' depending on which section you looking at. Bordering Doncaster East, Mitcham, Warrandyte and Ringwood you get the picture. Public transport is accessed via Springvale Rd - one of Melbourne's most valuable arterials - the ambling Park Rd - a central road for this suburb - and Glenvale Rd - the road that leads directly to Ringwood. The blocks vary from your typical suburban blocks to large acres bordered by untouched bushland. Best of all is the proximity to shopping and services at Tunstall Square and Eastland as well as the existence of a quality school, Whitefriars Catholic College, right in the middle! So, you see, it is possible to have a leafy landscape AND all the modern services just minutes from all that you need.
The landscape is beautiful and the position perfect” Philip W
“Has lots of amenities: lots of shops, lots of restaurants & bistros, plenty of schools, parks, pleasant views, lots bus stops, walking and cycling trails, close to the Eastern Freeway, good Feng Shui, Westfield Shopping Centre.
Family friendly location: Daycare, childcare, aged care, primary & high schools”