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Discussion in 'Welcome' started by TOBY GRIFF, May 4, 2008.

  1. TOBY GRIFF

    TOBY GRIFF New Member

    HI ALL
    TOBY FROM MANCHESTER HERE HAVE GOT VISA HAVE SOLD HOUSE AND ARE LOOKING TO BOOK FLIGHTS IN NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS ANY INFO OF BEST PARTS OF BRISBANE FOR A MECHANICAL ENGINEER WITH WELDING SKILLS PLEASE LET ME KNOW THE MORE INFO THE BETTER MARRIED TO JAN WHOS A WAGES CLERK AND HAVE TWO SONS AGED 9 AND14 BOTH IN SWIMMING CLUBS IN MANCHESTER

    MANY THANX TOBY AND FAMILY:biggrin:
     

  2. Mark and Jo

    Mark and Jo The MadHatters

    Welcome to Brits!

    I am a nurse and OH is a bus driver. we are in brissies western suburbs and have been here for three years and love every second of it!
     
  3. TOBY GRIFF

    TOBY GRIFF New Member

    Brisbane

    HI THERE MARK AND JO
    THANX FOR THE EMAIL YOU SOUND SOOOOOO HAPPY WHERE ABOUT ARE YOU IN WESTERN SUBURBS WE STAYED IN A PLACE NAMED CARINDALE IT WAS NICE BUT WE SAID WE WOULDNT LIVE THERE IF YOU THINK OF ANY INFO WHICH WILL BE OF HELP PLEASE PASS IT ON MANY THANX

    TOBY AND FAMILY
     
  4. cal

    cal Super Moderator Staff Member

    Hiya guys ,im from Bury ,not a million miles from you,we escaped nearly 2 years ago and its the best move we ever made,life here is great and the kids love it.What are you looking for in an area?
    Cal x
     
  5. TOBY GRIFF

    TOBY GRIFF New Member

    Hi Cal

    Thanks for the info. We are really excited about the move and hoping to book the flights in the next couple of weeks.

    What we need right now is to be close to schools (primary and secondary) as our lads are 15 and 10. Also I need to be close to good Swimming facilities as both of them are swimming at the moment with the Advanced Training Squad and my eldest is at National level after having qualified for the last 3 years and he is hoping for this to continue into OZ. As you can imagine with the early morning starts they have I don't want to be toooo far away! Another essential is finding work so we don't really want to move somewhere too remote yet.

    Any info you can supply would be great as we need to book a furnished house until our stuff arrives and we are struggling with sites that have furnished properties for rent.

    Speak soon.

    Thanks

    Toby & Jan :cool:
     
  6. Leanne

    Leanne Guest

    Hi Everyone,

    Surprised to see how many people have emigrated from close to where I currently live (Rochdale)! We are also looking at emigrating to Brisbane, just at the very very early stages of visa enquiries etc.:frown: I really hope we can get a good visa. Does anyone know what that Skilled Sponsored (176) Visa is like? When the state sponsors you?

    Well, I really hope we make it- Brisbane looks lovely and Im sure it will be a much better environment for our little boy to grow up in!

    Take care all,

    Leanne
     
  7. asmith15

    asmith15 New Member

    Hi Toby, we are from Westhoughton just outside of Bolton and are emigrating on the 31st July 08, my OH is a mechanical engineer / fitter but like you hasnt secured a job b4 going, not that hes worried about it as hes not even sure if thats what he wants to do once there !! Its hard picking an area when your job doesnt dictate where you are going to live - we are going to morayfield to start with as Lees brother lives there but i like the look of sunshine coast, if need be we might even have a look at Mackay and Townsville with the mining etc up there..... its a hard decision - will keep an eye on your threads to see what advice you get - good luck - im sure your lads will do brilliantly over there with there swimming - might end up australian champions !
     
  8. TOBY GRIFF

    TOBY GRIFF New Member

    HI ANNETTE FLIGHTS BOOKED FOR AUGUST 5TH SO NOT LONG AFTER YOU WE STILL ARE NOT SURE WERE TO SET UP YET BUT IM SURE IT WILL BE A GREAT ADVENTURE WE ARE LOOKING AT CORINA BUT NOTHING SET IN STONE ALL THE BEST WITH YOUR MOVE AND PLEASE KEEP IN TOUCH
    TOBY JAN AND LADS
     
  9. TOBY GRIFF

    TOBY GRIFF New Member

    Flights Booked August 08

    Hi All Really Seems To Have Got To Us Now The Flights Are Booked Sorting Through All The Stuff Thats Going And The Stuff That Isnt And The Stuff That You Cant Take But I Will Say This I Cant Wait Thanks To You All For The Great Advice And I Hope I Can Do The Same For Someone When We Have Settled Keep Up With The Advice As You Can Never Have Enough

    Toby And Jan & Kids
     
  10. cal

    cal Super Moderator Staff Member

    Good luck with everything ,hope you have a good flight!!
    Cal x
     
  11. brewers

    brewers Guest

    My OH is a mechanical engineer too!

    Hi there my OH is a mechanical engineer too (marine based) as well as a gas fitter & a plumber. We too are worried about finding work once we are out there but everyone says that as long as you are willing to put in the hard work you shouldn't have a problem. We don't have a date yet as we have to wait until our house sells but hopefully will be out there later this year. All we know is that we are going to Brisbane area (haven't decided on a district yet - any ideas?) Good luck for the 31st July 08 hope everyhting goes well for you all.

    Linzi, Dean & Jack (still stuck in Burnley, Lancashire)
     
  12. cal

    cal Super Moderator Staff Member

    Hiya welcome to poms in oz ,my best freind over here isfrom Burnley !!lol,small world. I think your hubby has enough skills under his belt to choose where and what to work as ,ill back up the other folk in saying he will find a job easy.Good luck with the house sale ,it seems to be pretty slow in the uk at the moment ,hopefully it will pick up soon
    Cal x
     
  13. brewers

    brewers Guest

    Burnley - what a coincidence!

    Wow it is a small world!!, although it doesn't really suprise me that anyone would want to escape this hell hole :) I wonder if I know them.

    Thanks for all the info so far, it's a big help. Brisbane looks like such a big area and we don't know any one here. We may have to come out on holiday if we can't sell the house in time as we have to visit before the end of the year (to stamp our visas) so that will be useful as we can have a good look around and get a feel for the area. My husband and I are divers so we will be looking to be near the ocean. What sort of social life do you guys have, I understand that sometimes you have get-togethers in the parks etc... sounds like brilliant fun.

    Take care, speak soon. Linzi
     
  14. asmith15

    asmith15 New Member

    Hi Linzi,
    Nice to know another northerner is going our way, will keep you informed if we come across any nice areas when we get there, will add you to friends list (i think thats possible ?), hope you sell your house quick so you can get out there for summer - will let you know what the job front looks like as well
     
  15. TOBY GRIFF

    TOBY GRIFF New Member

    Taking Engineering Tools

    HI CAL
    IN PACKING MY TOOLS HAVE FOUND SOME CARTRIDGES OF GREASE AND TAPPING COMPOUND ECT THESE ARE USEFULL TO ME BUT DONT WANT TO CAUSE ANY PROBLEMS WITH CUSTOMS WHAT DO YOU THINK

    THANX TOBY
     
  16. cal

    cal Super Moderator Staff Member

    id ditch them mate ,they are pretty cheap and easily avail here,you dont want to upset mr customs or he starts digging in your container and costs you a few quid,lol,,
    Cal x
     
  17. cal

    cal Super Moderator Staff Member

    Hiya Linzi ,their surname is sullivan and they have 9yr old twins.
    i have been to a few meet ups down at the coast its a good way to meet people,,im no a sea person but Gary(hubby) goes surfing down at Coolangatta most sunday mornings,he always wanted to do it but because we wanted acerage it was too expensive for coast side living,still its not to bad takes him about an hour early morning from here.If you do come on a reccie let me know & we will show you around ,quite a few northerners round here so the accent will fit in ,lol
    Cal x
     
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2008
  18. chellem

    chellem Guest

    hi toby hope all goes well for you let us know when you arrive on the other side x
     

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