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What are the thoughts on a UK immigrant moving to a Rural Community in Qld. 

Early days and still no quarantees but there is a possibility that myself and my family may move to Qld next year.

There is a chance that I may be posted tk a Rural location rather than a more populated area. Given that we have no experience of living and working in Aus let alone in a more remote area what are the opinions on things like community, schooling, socialising not to mention the wildlife!?

Thanks in advance

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39 minutes ago, Leechy said:

What are the thoughts on a UK immigrant moving to a Rural Community in Qld. 

Early days and still no quarantees but there is a possibility that myself and my family may move to Qld next year.

There is a chance that I may be posted tk a Rural location rather than a more populated area. Given that we have no experience of living and working in Aus let alone in a more remote area what are the opinions on things like community, schooling, socialising not to mention the wildlife!?

Thanks in advance

 

39 minutes ago, Leechy said:

What are the thoughts on a UK immigrant moving to a Rural Community in Qld. 

Early days and still no quarantees but there is a possibility that myself and my family may move to Qld next year.

There is a chance that I may be posted tk a Rural location rather than a more populated area. Given that we have no experience of living and working in Aus let alone in a more remote area what are the opinions on things like community, schooling, socialising not to mention the wildlife!?

Thanks in advance

As Marisa posted, there are degrees of rural in Qld. The Sunshine Coast is designated rural, and it’s certainly not rural. Many country towns here have plenty going for them. My friends, who moved from England 20 years ago, have recently moved from the coast to Blackbutt and love the community there, but it could be challenging for some people. 
It would help if you give us an idea of where you might work, 

 

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I'm afraid I don't know at the moment. All I know is they could theoretically post me anywhere in queensland. The 'rural' areas are a possibility. 

I just wondered that if I did end up in a very remote area is there going to be big issues with family life and fitting in. 

The snakes and spider are a concern for mo OH too. 

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24 minutes ago, Leechy said:

I'm afraid I don't know at the moment. All I know is they could theoretically post me anywhere in queensland. The 'rural' areas are a possibility. 

I just wondered that if I did end up in a very remote area is there going to be big issues with family life and fitting in. 

The snakes and spider are a concern for mo OH too. 

I'd be asking myself am I up for an adventure and what have we got to lose? If the answer is 'yes, and not much', then I'd give it a whirl. Not many people who migrate get the chance to experience the real Australia. It's not for everyone but it's definitely authentic experience. Glad I did it when I was younger.

By the way, the snakes and spiders will be the least of your worries!

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20 minutes ago, InnerVoice said:

I'd be asking myself am I up for an adventure and what have we got to lose? If the answer is 'yes, and not much', then I'd give it a whirl. Not many people who migrate get the chance to experience the real Australia. It's not for everyone but it's definitely authentic experience. Glad I did it when I was younger.

By the way, the snakes and spiders will be the least of your worries!

We are always up for the adventure hence the move and we'd definitely want to see the real Aus although the last bit in your post poses a few questions! 

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You say you have a family - that is probably going to be your biggest issue - some places are fine if you're single but not crash hot if you have a family for lots of reasons like school cohort, opportunities for young people, options for a range of activities, medical coverage, social issues etc.  

Will you be on a temporary visa? That's also a bit fraught because it ties you to that employer and your ability to move on within Australia if the place doesn't suit you is unlikely. It very much depends on whether you will be rural or remote - employers have more trouble filling remote positions because Aussies don't want to live remote, even the ones that have grown up there.

There is nothing in UK which could prepare you for remote Australia. It's about as far away from Home & Away that you can get. 

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I'll be on a permanent resident visa and there will be opportunities to move later but my first couple of years will be wherever they decide.

I know it will be a shock of they post is remote but I was just wondering if will break us and the Australian dream. 

 

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1 hour ago, Leechy said:

I'll be on a permanent resident visa and there will be opportunities to move later but my first couple of years will be wherever they decide.

I know it will be a shock of they post is remote but I was just wondering if will break us and the Australian dream. 

 

My opinion is that yes, it could break the dream and maybe you going remote. It would me, but you are not me. Rural less so, especially for only 2 years and regional areas are often just not the centre of a main city.

You have come this far you don’t want to be worrying about a maybe. If you have a permanent visa, I assume it is an employer that is saying rural/remote for 2 years? 
As Quoll says, there is nothing in the UK to prepare you for truly remote Australia.
It’s got to be worth the risk hasn’t it? How old are your children? That is going to decide whether it is a long or short 2 years I would think! 
I understand your concerns and it is a hard one. I wish you luck. Fingers crossed for the Sunshine Coast or similar!

Will you know where they are posting you before you leave the UK?

 I am reading my reply and I don’t think I have helped! 🤦🏻

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Rural and remote are two very different beasts here.
Remote to me would be the worst option ( having the hindsight of years living here ) but that’s just my opinion as you may  love it.

Rural is a bit of f a coin toss,  some good some bad ??

Once you know where you could be let us know here and I’m quite sure you will get some good advice.

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In October, I will have been in Australia for 60 years. In that time I have only spent 2 years in cities and have had a fabulous life  living in 'rural' towns, from The Kimberlies to more, err, 'civilised' towns in the New England Ranges to the Whitsundays when I retired 25 years ago. In deed, I live in a community that has no shop and is a 45 minute drive to Mackay for groceries and, unfortunately, a hospital.

As far as I am concerned, the trick is to find a place where you have most of your pastimes, Never regretted the choices Mum and I made and I dare say we had a better life than a great deal of city people who are caught up in a rat race.

It might not fit every one's life style, but it can be rewarding.

Up town and down town Bay

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Cheers, Bobj.

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9 hours ago, Quoll said:

You say you have a family - that is probably going to be your biggest issue - some places are fine if you're single but not crash hot if you have a family for lots of reasons like school cohort, opportunities for young people, options for a range of activities, medical coverage, social issues etc.

Totally agree with this, and would probably go a step further and say that if you're going to end up in the middle of nowhere then the best scenario is being in a couple, followed being single, then a young family, and the worst case having older children/teenagers. They'll probably never forgive you!

The terms regional, rural and remote are used interchangeable and I think can be confusing at times. Here's my spin on it using locations in Queensland that I know.

Metropolitan - major cities like Brisbane.

Coastal Regional - decent-size coastal towns like Mackay, Cairns and Townsville.

Regional/Rural - smaller towns which are further inland like Warwick, Dalby and Kingaroy.

Remote/Outback - places in a galaxy far, far away like Longreach and Mount Isa.

There are a few anomalies, for example the Gold Coast. I think the government classes it as coastal regional, but with a population of over half a million I'd say it's definitely metropolitan these days. Toowoomba is a pretty large town, although I'd still class it as regional/rural. Weipa on the other hand is in a coastal location but there's no way you could class it as anything other than remote. Some may argue that places like Mount Isa aren't really remote because it's a decent-size town (over 20,000), but anywhere that's a 1,000km from the ocean is pretty remote in my book!

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11 hours ago, Leechy said:

We are always up for the adventure hence the move and we'd definitely want to see the real Aus although the last bit in your post poses a few questions! 

I had a UK friend visiting on one occasion and we were down at the beach having a swim. He said it's lovely here, I could live here if it wasn't for the snakes and the spiders. I replied, well they're the least of your worries - all the really deadly creatures live in the sea! You should've seen his face 😄

If you're living remotely I'd say your biggest challenges are going to be boredom, feeling isolated, and the heat in the summer time. In terms of creepy crawlies the worst thing are the bush flies and the mozzies. If you're living in a predominantly indigenous community that can pose challenges too, although that's a can of worms I will avoid opening.

10 hours ago, Leechy said:

I'll be on a permanent resident visa and there will be opportunities to move later but my first couple of years will be wherever they decide.

I know it will be a shock of they post is remote but I was just wondering if will break us and the Australian dream. 

You haven't mentioned what kind of work you do, but if at the end of the two years you have the opportunity to move a permanent position back in civilization it could be well worth considering.

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16 hours ago, Leechy said:

I'll be on a permanent resident visa and there will be opportunities to move later but my first couple of years will be wherever they decide.

I know it will be a shock of they post is remote but I was just wondering if will break us and the Australian dream. 

 

As you have said above its for a couple of years (if it happens at all). To me that could be doable and not necessarily break your Aussie dream at all,  as i would just look at it as an adventure, focus on the possitives and count down the days until i could move somewhere i preffered.

Back when we moved we said we would live anywhere for a few years if it meant we could live in Aus, i probably wouldnt worry too much about it until they stipulate where you would have to go and if you have a prospective employer lined up they will know exactly where their work is so it shouldnt be difficult to find out.

 Also, dont be confused between rural and regional, they are very different.

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So many variables Qld is huge, remote, regional rural very different lifestyles too.

Rural will depend entirely on which part of the state you end up in, big difference being rural in the SE corner versus the central coast or FNQ.

Personally, I love rural living, having moved to Gold Coast although it's spectacular and very convenient and the world seems to want to move here, I  can't wait to move back to a rural/remote area.

As for wildlife don't stress about it, easy to get ontop off and all part of it. 

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