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Discussion in 'Welcome' started by Bazza&Jules, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. Bazza&Jules

    Bazza&Jules New Member

    Hi everyone

    Moving has been a bit of an anti climax for me. Came out here 2 weeks ago and living on a complex in Strathpine, big mistake!! Nevermind 6 months til we're released!!

    Anyone in the area within at leasts 200km I can talk to!! I have a car I will travel far lol!!

    Hopefully kiddies will start school Monday as they are killing each other and me at the same time:eek:

    The hubby is out working from 7.30 til 6, due to the laborious traffic...

    So if any1 wants to get in touch for a coffee or a vino, feel free to reply I got all day!!

    There are only so many times you can visit redcliffe and shop in westfields........


    Jules x:wink:

  2. Mark and Jo

    Mark and Jo The MadHatters

    Welcome to Oz! I have been here almost 4 years and love it!

    What dont you like then"?
  3. Bazza&Jules

    Bazza&Jules New Member


    Saw u 2 on pomsinoz as well. Well it's not that I dont like, its just a bit lonely, i've tried as you can see to meet up with anyone. The complex I'm on is more like a refugee camp, or more like housing association if you get my drift, I now not very friendly or dont speak english, so no friends to be had here!! I now agree with I think Taff on PIO, saying complexes are not what they are cracked up to be.
    I cant get a job as I have just found out my youngest daughter can't start school until end of Jan new term. Even tho she did reception and a 1.5 mths in yr 1 in Brit. She is upset as you can understand, she thinks she is starting all over again.

    I cant afford to put her in kindegarten yet.

    Just feeling a bit deflated.

    Hubby wont let me travel too far as I might get lost!! but I dont mind getting lost! Would like to get in touch with anyone feeling the same way as me at the mo.

    Thanks for asking tho


  4. Mark and Jo

    Mark and Jo The MadHatters

    I lived in a complex but I have to say it was nothing like you describe!! We lived in (cant remember if it is .au as well!!)

    In order to stop the lonliness you really do have to get out there and put yourself out there. Aussies will not come running to you!

    OH says you`ll get lost????? You`re talking to the woman that goes 1 junction each day there and back to work. Mt ommaney - Sinnamon park and back!!! You have to get lost to find your way around. There are lots of Kids cafes where parents can go meet. Do a search on here and on PIO and Im sure you will find something.

    Put a thread out there and organise a meet..........
  5. cal

    cal Super Moderator

    Hiya ,,dont want to butt in ,but ive just read about your daughter ,im in the same situation and if your not working Centrelink REALLY contribute towards the fees and you can end up paying very little. You will have to be on a PR visa though,not sponsership. This would also allow you to meet local mums,there should be some playgroups too ,we have about 4 around here ,3 are free 1 is a $1.00. Good luck
    Cal x
  6. Nutter

    Nutter New Member

    Hi Jules

    We've been here just over a week - moved form Adelaide where we lived for 3 years, before that from UK. OH is working and kids at school. Ileft a good job in adelaide and can't find anything here so far.
    We're about 50 mins from you, we could either meet half way and get lost together or if you fancy a trip out I'm in almost every day... Send me a PM and we can sort something out
  7. Bazza&Jules

    Bazza&Jules New Member

    Thanks Cal for that, unfort we on a sponsor (4yr). But hopefully like u say I can find what we call coffee mornings here. I will have to get chatting to other mothers at school.

    cheers never1

    jules x
  8. cal

    cal Super Moderator

    The local paper normally have them listed ,we get a local one thrown on the drive every wednesday,lol and its full of local groups,clubs etc ,good luck ,i hope you find somewere
    Cal x

  9. Hi Jules, we are looking at a sponsored visa the 176 and just wondered if you knew about any pitfalls or hidden problems with this visa, compared to the permanent 175 visa. Some visas stop you doing things like buying houses and claiming child allowance etc, lets us know what your experience has been and if the sponsored visa holds you back in anyway, thanks for your help and advice, jim & helen from sunny hot yorkshire-not.
  10. cal

    cal Super Moderator

    If you qualify for a 175 i would definately opt for that over sponsership. It does take a little longer to process but leaves you totally unrestricted here. On sponsership you are only eligible for a basic Medicare Cover, you cant access centrelink for any help, and believe me they are alot more 'giving' than in the uk, especially if you need any form of child care.
    Hope this helps a bit
    Cal x

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