Thanks for that, the problem i have is in January i wil be given preferences of areas to work and need to make a decision. ideally i want to live close to work and thats the reasons for these areas, they always give me the option of working in one of the areas of Adelaide even though i would prefer the country.
I am also loking at Gawler and the other extreme Renmark as you can see i am not sure
I would say listen to the people who are already here and have been through it, in my opinion you would be really lucky to get a nik anywhere near the Barossa, unfortunately its the hard to fill places or places with a big turnover like Elizabeth or Adelaide that the Poms seem to get offered, its difficult planning where to live until you've got here and start at the academy and even then it can all change. OH is a Sapol bobby so if you need any more questions answering feel free to PM me. Good luck.
My OH regularly works in Tanunda, and other towns in the Barossa. The drive is easy from Hillbank (on the hill, just above Elizabeth East). So it would be easy to live in the valley and work in Elizabeth, or even Holden Hill nicks.
Roseworthy or Freeling are the best primary schools in the area but try to avoid Gawler High, if you work in Elizabeth nick you'll find out why.
Both holden hills and Elizabeth look like quite built up areas so would keep me busy, as ive worked in the city for 6 years (newcastle) im wondering whether to go for the easier country life. are these areas decent places to live as ive being looking in the Gawler area and also parts of elizabeth.
Lots of country cops in SA are at single person stations in small towns, or near the AP lands (far north-west Anangu/Pitjantjara).
The Riverland is prime posting territory, as is the south-east, for all public servants in SA.
Hillbank is a really nice area to live in, close to Elizabeth Centre (shopping) and with some good schools nearby, but Fremont-Elizabeth is a hard to staff school as is Craigmore, Smithfield Plains and Gawler.
Modbury and Golden Grove are pretty good areas and only 15-20 minutes from Elizabeth and there's a new police station at Golden Grove. The schools are better there too.
gawler and barossa are lovely areas and only about 45mins drive to the city. Elizabeth is classed as a lower soci-economic area, with a few problems. When we moved to adelaide we lived next to elizabeth and didnt have any problems, but it is quite poor. If you are going to put your children in public schools try to go for a better area. In australia the standard of the school, goes with the class of the suburb. The schools in elizabeth are not very good. The north-eastern suburbs are quite nice and not too pricey. Hope that helps.
I have being looking in the Gawler and Barossa area, the schools are probably the most important decision i need to make, what are the other north eastern suburbs you can suggest.
Um hoping to work in these areas or nearby as well
we live in highbury. which is quite a nice area. i also like tea tree gully, athelstone, newton, dernancourt. they are not too expensive and the schools around are quite good.
from these suburbs it take about 20mins (not peak time) to get into the city. the nearest police station to these suburbs is probably holden hill (10mins away)
Probably the best area for schools is the eastern suburbs. for example, burnside, magill, marryatville, wattle park, kennsington, stonyfell, beaumont, but these are quite expensive areas t buy (unless you catch a bargain).
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Thannks for them comments, ive being looking at the rental in all areas mentioned plus the likes of Gawler and the Barossa area. All seem nice areas with rental being resonably priced, and pleanty of schools in the area.
What is meant by the riverlands as a prime posting area?
This ara is also good for several different work areas for my preferences, there is holden hills, Barossa, Elizabeth or even Western Adelaide which is the port area. All appear to be quite populated which should be busy areas, and with the comment of Elizabeth being a high turnover i cant see a problem getting a position there
i imagine prime posting area means, not many stay there.
Your head must be spinning looking at all these places, you really need to step back and slow down mate, your like a tazzie devil spinning around.
You cannot get a feel for places on goggle, and your own pressure could cause you to make a bad choice.
A three bed home in Elizubuth could come at around $175K the same in Highbury would be $350k+ they would look the same on google earth or streetview, the difference would be the surrounding houses, the buth would probably all be the same price... Highbury you would get one or two for a mil +
If your going to jump in feet first, just picka place and go for it, afterall your taking advice off complete strangers here, would you do that in you own town?