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I am new to this site but really need some advice. My OH is a Diesel Fitter and we have PR visas. We did a recci 3 years ago to Sunshine Coast and to Perth. The thing is I didn't really warm to Perth, (we stayed in Hillarys) but all the employment opportunities seem to be in WA. It was nice, don't get me wrong, it was June...nice weather, nice facilities but there just seemed to be a bit of anti social behaviour, joy riding, vandelism etc. It was just off putting and yes I do know this is everywhere but I read here that so many people love Perth so maybe I just got the wrong impression.

 

I am more than willing to give Perth another go as employment opportunities are of the upmost importance but I have no idea where to start looking for a nice location to settle. We are from Ireland, small village, small school, 2 kids aged 10 and 12 and I would like a really nice school (bullying is a worry) and good activities for them locally.

 

I am so confused at the moment, we are moving in January but have not confirmed the flights yet as I am completely torn.

 

All advice is welcome.

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It's so hard to tell someone where they should live because not everyone wants the same thing. I guess too, it depends where you get employment as you won't want to be commuting for hours to and from work.

 

The suburb I live in is an older suburb (not everyones cup of tea because they want a new build), however the advantage is that generally the houses are on bigger plots of land, so for us having a garden (our youngest was 7 when we moved) for the kids to play in (fit a trampoline) was one of the things we were looking for. We're not big beach people, so living right near the beach wasn't a priority, and an easy commute for one of us to work (in case we had to pick the kids up sick from school) was also a requirement.

 

We settled in Leeming, classed as SOR but only about 14km from the city and a 20 min drive to Fremantle. The schools in the area all have good reputations, there are great transport links and amenities. We have a small shopping forum that has 2 chinese, takeaways, hairdressers, newsagents, bakery, small supermarket (open til 10pm) etc, Close by is a shopping mall in Bull Creek, one in Willeton (with Cinema) and Garden City is also a short drive away. There are lots of things to do within a short drive , Piney Lakes Reserve, Point Walter, point heathcote reserve and wirless hill to name a few. There are lots of sports clubs in the surrounding areas and recreation centres.


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Would you say as a general rule that you get less anti social behaviour in the more established areas Ali?

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I can't speak for all suburbs, but our street for example has a really ecletic mix of ages, we have elderly couples, families who have children at Uni, families with highschool kids. primary school kids and babies and I think most of the suburb is like that. I haven't come across any antisocial behaviour in our suburb (obviously can't speak for other)


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Guest outnumbered

I am in Hillarys (been here about 7 months now) and I haven't seen any antisocial behaviour?! I think it's a nice suburb for families and I am very happy with the primary school. After taking my son out of a brilliant school in the UK, it was something I was worried about but I'm pleased to say his doing amazingly well here :-)

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We are also renting in Hillarys I think it is a lovely suburb and the kindy and school have been amazing with getting my 4 yr old in for the term in Oct and starting school in Feb. Were you down at the Boat harbour maybe with all the restaurants it was a bit noisy?

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Hi, I live in Duncraig with my husband and son(13), this is about 5 min drive inland from Hillarys and we really like it here. We havent experienced any anti-social behaviour although you will always get hoons driving their cars too fast on the freeways at night. My son goes to Duncraig Senior High and really likes it and I know that the schools in Carine are good too. If you want to be near the beach, trains and shopping this is a great suburb to live. I t takes about 15 - 20 mins on train to City depending on time of day.

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Hi we have been here 8 weeks and are renting in Warwick. We have not seen any anti-social behaviour where we are or in our exploring and plan to move to a new house further up north. There are areas we like or don't like for personal reasons such as money etc but not due to any behaviour we have seen. The only problem is people driving fast and they do have a habit of driving up your bumper. :dull:

I have 2 girls age 13 and 11 who were very badly bullied in the UK. We have had NO bullying here................. so far so good. My eldest is at Greenwood senior high school and absolutely loves it and is doing fantastically well academically. My youngest doesn't find school easy and was badly bullied in the UK as well and is at Dalmain Primary school and also loves it. Both come out of school with big smiles on their face, they both have friends and are loving life in Perth.

Hope this helps. I wouldn't live anywhere else as Love perth. x

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Hi we have been here 8 weeks and are renting in Warwick. We have not seen any anti-social behaviour where we are or in our exploring and plan to move to a new house further up north. There are areas we like or don't like for personal reasons such as money etc but not due to any behaviour we have seen. The only problem is people driving fast and they do have a habit of driving up your bumper. :dull:

I have 2 girls age 13 and 11 who were very badly bullied in the UK. We have had NO bullying here................. so far so good. My eldest is at Greenwood senior high school and absolutely loves it and is doing fantastically well academically. My youngest doesn't find school easy and was badly bullied in the UK as well and is at Dalmain Primary school and also loves it. Both come out of school with big smiles on their face, they both have friends and are loving life in Perth.

Hope this helps. I wouldn't live anywhere else as Love perth. x

 

Lovely to hear that the girls have a smile on their face ... must be a relief to you and them that they've settled in.


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hi Ali

 

Yes, it was and is a relief that they are happy. When you make such a big decision its the kids that you are concerned about. Even when you know they are very unhappy with school you still wonder if you are doing the right thing .... them moving them away from what friends they have, their family and everything they know. However I was lucky in that they wanted to move to Australia as they loved it when we came for a reccie visit and we all cried when we were due to come home cos none of us wanted to leave which for me said it all.

We researched all the schools and looked at their specialist programmes and what suited each of our children. Then looked round the outside of every high school in Perth!!!! then narrowed it down to a few that we all liked and then went and viewed a few. Immediately we knew which ones felt right for our children and they knew which ones they liked. Neither of them have looked back and are very happy.

All I can say is seeing that smile when they walk into and out of school and fact they chat about their day....is to me better than winning the lottery.

Lynn

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hi Ali

 

Yes, it was and is a relief that they are happy. When you make such a big decision its the kids that you are concerned about. Even when you know they are very unhappy with school you still wonder if you are doing the right thing .... them moving them away from what friends they have, their family and everything they know. However I was lucky in that they wanted to move to Australia as they loved it when we came for a reccie visit and we all cried when we were due to come home cos none of us wanted to leave which for me said it all.

We researched all the schools and looked at their specialist programmes and what suited each of our children. Then looked round the outside of every high school in Perth!!!! then narrowed it down to a few that we all liked and then went and viewed a few. Immediately we knew which ones felt right for our children and they knew which ones they liked. Neither of them have looked back and are very happy.

All I can say is seeing that smile when they walk into and out of school and fact they chat about their day....is to me better than winning the lottery.

Lynn

 

My two were 7 and 11 when we moved and I remember letting out a sigh of relief when they settled into school so quickly. Sometimes its not about the best academic schools - it's about finding the best fit for the type of child you have ... I'm a believer that if the school has good values then most children will thrive.

 

I can imagine seeing the girls happy and chatting about their day must be like a jackpot win - congratulations to you as a family, and to the girls - they've obviously put an effort in to make friends too.

 

Ali x


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