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Western suburbs thread (Melbourne)

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Hi All

If you live in the Western suburbs of Victoria, please join the thread... Please tell us who you are, where you are, and what it’s like, any tips? Remember what it was like trying to do research on an area, this thread could be a goldmine for new comers. If your thinking about the Western suburbs please join the thread, this should be the place to ask questions about the place.

If you have a trade or service let us know.

Lets start up a meet up for the area, I know at 1 point there was a drinks night, if it’s still going are new members welcome? We have some nice beaches and parks lets get some family days going....

PIO is a community web site lets turn the Western Suburbs into a community where new migrants feel welcome, who knows we just might make some life long friends along the way.


Kind Regards

 

Geoffrey (32, an aussie!!), Tracy (35), Jake (7), Jessica (2) & Joseph (1) :jiggy:

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Hi Geoff, we are looking for a place to settle. Hubby has a job in Geelong and will be meeting with them on 7th Feb. Not sure where to look (three monsters 14,12,6) any help, suggestions would be great and, someone to meet for a coffee, drink, fodder etc when we know what direction to turn in! sounds great too.

 

Leila xxx

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Hi Geoff, we are looking for a place to settle. Hubby has a job in Geelong and will be meeting with them on 7th Feb. Not sure where to look (three monsters 14,12,6) any help, suggestions would be great and, someone to meet for a coffee, drink, fodder etc when we know what direction to turn in! sounds great too.

 

Leila xxx

 

More than happy to meet up, seems it's only you and I that are moving to living in the western suburbs


Kind Regards

 

Geoffrey (32, an aussie!!), Tracy (35), Jake (7), Jessica (2) & Joseph (1) :jiggy:

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Would be great, seems we are the only ones moving there and interested in socialising and swaping hits, tips ideas to help us all settle in!!! Do your lot wanna be our friends??? lol x

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Would be great, seems we are the only ones moving there and interested in socialising and swaping hits, tips ideas to help us all settle in!!! Do your lot wanna be our friends??? lol x

 

Only if I can have your chocolate milk :biglaugh:


Kind Regards

 

Geoffrey (32, an aussie!!), Tracy (35), Jake (7), Jessica (2) & Joseph (1) :jiggy:

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Never, never, never..... Leila xxx :laugh:

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Hi both,

My OH and I are hoping to move to either the Point Cook area or Mornington area in Feb, and are wondering what is available and how best to approach childcare options for our 3 yr old and 4 yr old. our eldest is currently in a UK school, but may miss out on Aussie school by 15 days. I have tried to contact childcare centres in the above areas but have not received replies. can you help? :unsure:

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Hi!

My husband and I moved to Manor Lakes about 6/7 weeks ago. We were staying with some Aussie friends who live in Wyndhan Vale for 3 weeks before we found our current house that we are renting.

We were faced with the fact that we had looked at so many areas including Tarneit and Truganina before comming here as potential settling areas, but our friends either advised us against them or we decided that we were too far away and didn't want to isolate ourselves as we didn't know anyone apart from our 2 friends and their family.

Manor Lakes is nice, and we are pretty close to everything, including Coles and there is a good medical centre and a pharmacy. The Werribee Plaza is about 15 mins drive, and there are lots of shops at Hoppers Crossing including Target and Spotlight.

We were looking forward to a 'community spirit' that we expected, and had heard about, expecting to make good friends with our neighbours and be invited to loads of BBQ's!

Well the truth is that we don't even know who our neighbours are, and we have met a couple (through PIO) who have also introduced us to a couple that they know...and apart from that we still don't know anyone!

Due to bad luck and a long story we both have not been able to start work yet, so we do feel quite isolated still! As much as it is lovely to be spending a lot of time together, and seeing different places, and making the most of things whilst we aren't working, it does get a bit boring and we are wanting to make some more friends.

From what I have read on here, there seems to be a Point Cook commmunity with people meeting regularly. It would be lovely if there could be something arranged for people in Werribee, Wyndham Vale areas. My husband and I would definately be there.

I think a good place to meet would be Werribee Plaza. There is a lovely lttle cafe in the centre, called Cherry or Cherries I think. The only other cafe I know is the one at Manor Lakes, but it is quite small so if a few people were going, it might get cramped.

My husband - Lee, love this area but as we have only got the rental for a year are just going to see how it goes, and then in a years time may possibly move if we don't like it, or simply when we know more and feel more settled and a bit more clued up on other areas etc!

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If you don't mind me asking, what does your husband do? Leila x

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Hi,

We live in Point Cook and would love to organise a big meet up with everyone.!!! How about one day between xmas and new year.!????

 

Say the 28th?

 

Elaine


Living in Sanctuary Lakes, Point Cook. Glad we made the move. :biggrin:

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Hi both,

My OH and I are hoping to move to either the Point Cook area or Mornington area in Feb, and are wondering what is available and how best to approach childcare options for our 3 yr old and 4 yr old. our eldest is currently in a UK school, but may miss out on Aussie school by 15 days. I have tried to contact childcare centres in the above areas but have not received replies. can you help? :unsure:

 

 

Moving to Melbourne should be able to help you on advice about Mornington, as for Point Cook you may struggle to get a place as there doesn't seem to be a lot of childcare centres in the whole area. The 4 yr old is only entitled to 12 hours (I think) free child care a week

The best thing to do is ring them direct, rather than send e-mails.... I hope to see you soon and best of luck

 

Geoffrey


Kind Regards

 

Geoffrey (32, an aussie!!), Tracy (35), Jake (7), Jessica (2) & Joseph (1) :jiggy:

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Hi,

We live in Point Cook and would love to organise a big meet up with everyone.!!! How about one day between xmas and new year.!????

 

Say the 28th?

 

Elaine

 

Would love to turn up but I don't arrive till the 1st of Jan :wubclub:


Kind Regards

 

Geoffrey (32, an aussie!!), Tracy (35), Jake (7), Jessica (2) & Joseph (1) :jiggy:

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We are not there until beginning of Feb. Next one though. Leila x

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Hi,

There are lots of good childcare facilities in Point Cook for a 4 year old.!!

 

Have you tried Kids Resort in Sanctuary Lakes, or ABC Childcare (big Australia wide one) or Sanctuary Lakes Day care centre (not in SL but close by) or Giant Leaps in Point Cook Centre...

 

There are prob about 6/7 different ones in point cook.! For schools, then it depends where you live as to the zoned school you are allowed to go to.!

 

Stella Maris (catholic) is a great school and so is point cook primary and seabrook

 

Good luck with things. To be honest, schools here have finished now until Feb (summer holidays) so you are not likely to get any responses.

 

Elaine


Living in Sanctuary Lakes, Point Cook. Glad we made the move. :biggrin:

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Hi Leila,

How are you? I bet you are a mixed bag at the moment with it so close to Christmas and then coming here so soon after!

Are you having a big family get together at Christmas seeing as it is your last one before you come here?

Next year will be totally different as I am struggling to get my head round the fact that it is Christmas in less than a week now, yet it is hot and doesn't feel like a normal December! It's very strange!

In answer to your question, my husband is a plumber but cant work at the moment as he had to have an operation here on his shoulder which means he now has a plate in it which he has to have removed at the end of January! After that though he should be back to normal and go straight back to work.

What will you and your husband be doing when you get here?

At the moment I am not working either and I hate to say this but I can't wait to start working! Will be nice to get into a routine and start meeting some people!

Have you seen any areas here where you are thinking of settling and are you going to rent when you get here?

 

Well I hope you have a lovely Christmas that isn't too cold(!) and a wonderful new year and perhaps we can meet up when you get here!

 

Danielle x

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Hello All

 

We are looking to move to Point cook as a start, we have a CO waiting on meds and police checks but wife went and got herself preggers so all on hold for a bit.

Anyway will keep an eye on this thread and will no doubt ask many questions soon as we are a bit closer to joining you all.

Just wanted to say hello and good luck to you all.

see you soon

Kev


Kevin, Claire, Melody, Jodie,

Plumber Vetassess passed 27th May 2010, SS Vic Granted 06 oct 2010, lodged 176 15th oct. Nov 2010 Given Co, wife Preggers, Sep 20/11 meds done, Sep 30/11 Visa Granted..

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Neighbours tend not to be friendly in Aus. Of course some are but I would say they are in the minority. I know my neighbours both sides but we do not socialise at all. I could call on them and they me but we have our own lives.

 

Being at home in the day is a lonely place for new people especially in the newer areas which tend to be isolated and lack public transport etc. This is because most people both work and therefore no-one is around. I know if I go for a walk around Somerville in the day I will pass may be one or two people in the residential area.

 

It is all about making a community and this thread is a very good idea for those of you who are settling in the Western Suburbs.

 

People moving to the Peninsula seem to be able to meet more Brits and of course people want to meet the locals but its only by meeting other migrants first, then expand the circle.


Petals

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Hi we are in Wyndham vale have been here for a month now and all is well, we came to Oz almost 3 years ago in Canberra, which area are you in and are there any meet ups being arranged.

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hi all

 

we will be in the western suburbs in april , i have my heart set on point cook or altona , needs to be near the beach lol , cant wait to get there lol


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living in caroline springs luving it sooooooo far x

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living in caroline springs loving it sooooo far x

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We are in Wyndham vale been in Oz almost 3 years moved up from Canberra would be great if a get together could be organised I am sure there would be plenty of people over this side that have recently moved here that would attend. :laugh:

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We live in the area too and have been here 10 months. We have two children, aged 11 and 7 and would love to meet up.

 

Karen

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Hi All, we've just received our visa and are looking for a place to settle near Melbourne so I'm hoping you locals will spare me a few mins and give me some advice please.

We've spent days on the internet but there's no substitute for recommendations.

We're a family of 4, I'm an IT project Manager so likely to be working in the CBD, my wife is a Diabetes Educator so likely to be working from one of the Universities, my daughter will be going to a college and my son is 15 so will need to go to a high school. I'd like to be within an hours travel of work and would like to be somewhere semi-rural where we're near shops etc, but not in an estate where you're overlooked be everyone.

Any recommendations greatly appreciated.

 

Thanks in advance,

 

John.

 

P.S. We're coming out in Feb for a rece for a couple of weeks and to attend interviews, then hopefully back within a couple of months for good so if you're planning a get together late Feb or April/May, drop us a line.

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Hi All, we've just received our visa and are looking for a place to settle near Melbourne so I'm hoping you locals will spare me a few mins and give me some advice please.

We've spent days on the internet but there's no substitute for recommendations.

We're a family of 4, I'm an IT project Manager so likely to be working in the CBD, my wife is a Diabetes Educator so likely to be working from one of the Universities, my daughter will be going to a college and my son is 15 so will need to go to a high school. I'd like to be within an hours travel of work and would like to be somewhere semi-rural where we're near shops etc, but not in an estate where you're overlooked be everyone.

Any recommendations greatly appreciated.

 

Thanks in advance,

 

John.

 

P.S. We're coming out in Feb for a rece for a couple of weeks and to attend interviews, then hopefully back within a couple of months for good so if you're planning a get together late Feb or April/May, drop us a line.

 

Hi mate I'd be looking at the v/line network (country train line) places like Gisbourne are a fair way out but by train you're looking at just over 30 minutes to get into the cbd, it has some great high schools and a country feel but your not to far away.

 

the v/line web site gives you times on journey times, any other info just ask


Kind Regards

 

Geoffrey (32, an aussie!!), Tracy (35), Jake (7), Jessica (2) & Joseph (1) :jiggy:

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