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  1. Hello everyone!

    Hello everyone, I've just joined the forums as my partner and I will be moving to Adelaide in March 2018 and I was hoping to make a few friends before we land. I am soon to turn 30 and my partner is 37. We like dining out, films and cricket (more him than me!). Any recommendations, advice or friendship would be gratefully received. Ofolopomus
  2. Hi, I'm a 29 year old male from Leicester, and I am emigrating to Adelaide in October this year. I was just wondering if anyone knew of any Football (soccer) Supporters Clubs in the Adelaide area. In particular any Leicester City supporters? My girlfriend and I are moving over and won't really know anybody else in the city, so thought it might be a good idea to see if there any supporters over there. Even if you don't happen to support Leicester City, would still be good to meet people who actually like watching proper football and not AFL! (not that there's anything wrong with AFL but I'll be having withdrawal symptoms if I don't watch any football....) Any advice or pointers in the right direction would be greatly appreciated. If you don't like football but would still be interested in meeting up to socialise and make friends, drop us a PM. Cheers Steve
  3. Hi all, Looking for a bit of advice really if any one can help. We're planning on coming over to Adelaide in May and I've been looking for work on the job sites for Management positions in building services or maintenance and there seems to be quite a few listed but having read through other posts on here it doesn't seem it is that easy or quick to find work in and around Adelaide. Does anyone have experience of how the jobs market is going in the engineering sector at the moment (mechanical, electrical and AC)? If it does take a while to find a permanent job how is the temp work out there? I'm not precious and would happily go and pick and pack in a warehouse or whatever if that's what it takes.
  4. Croydon and West Croydon

    Croydon (together with adjoining West Croydon) is an inner north-western suburb of Adelaide, situated approximately 3-5km from the western edge of the CBD. It is located within the City of Charles Sturt. History The Village of Croydon was laid out in 1855, comprising the 40 acre Croydon Farm and was most likely named after Croydon, England based on the birthplace of one of the original land owners, Philip Levi. Demographic Historically, the area has been populated by Greek and Italian migrants, however in recent years the suburb has grown considerably in popularity and is undergoing a period of change where younger couples and families are buying and renovating properties in the area. According to the previous ABS census data, the suburb comprised 65% native-born Australians and 15% European-born residents (this is reflected in figures showing that 6% of residents speak Italian and 8% speak Greek). The majority (75%) of houses are owner occupied, with 25% being rented. Detached dwellings form 83% of housing stock, semi-detached 6% and units only 3%. Housing Croydon and West Croydon are predominantly heritage suburbs with only a few new dwellings. The most common house styles are late 1800s-early 1900s Federation cottages and 1920s-1930s bungalows (a particular housing style in SA, not to be confused with the generic UK term for a single-storey house). Some particularly grand examples exist along the railway corridor of Euston Terrace/Day Terrace. A 1900s Federation-style house A 1920s/30s bungalow To the west of Rosetta Street (i.e. the western side of West Croydon), more 1940s and 1950s dwellings exist, many in the Spanish Mission or Art Deco styles. The median house price as of April 2017 is $559,000 and the median weekly rent is $420. The majority of houses in the area are set on large (700sqm) blocks, with good-sized back yards. The area has commonly been known for its ‘market gardens’ so fruit trees, veggie patches and backyard chooks are very common. The area is rapidly gentrifying and many houses have been renovated, although period features and frontages are usually retained (many properties are local heritage-listed). Large rear extensions with open plan living and outdoor entertaining areas are quite common, as people take advantage of the block sizes in order to extend. There are still a few ‘fixer-uppers’ to be found if you fancy a project. Shopping, & eating Unlike many suburbs, Croydon has a bustling ‘village centre’ - the Queen Street/Elizabeth Street area. This popular shopping and eating precinct boasts: Red Door Bakery – award winning pies, cakes and all manner of baked goods. Coffees, teas, croissants - the works. http://www.reddoorbakery.com.au/ La Lorientaise Crêperie – by far the best crêpes (sweet and savory) I have ever tasted. https://www.facebook.com/LaLorientaiseCreperie/ http://citymag.indaily.com.au/habits/plate-and-cup/introducing-la-lorientaise-creperie/ Croydon Social – family friendly dining where everything is cooked in a wood-fired oven. Fantastic pizzas and always a great range of craft beers. https://www.facebook.com/CroydonSocial2016/ http://citymag.indaily.com.au/habits/plate-and-cup/first-look-croydon-social/ Queen Street Café – friendly and popular café for breakfasts and lunches https://www.broadsheet.com.au/adelaide/cafes/queen-street-cafe Hype and Seek – vintage, industrial and mid-century furniture and clothing store http://www.hypeandseek.com.au/ Plus… Azalia Boutique – women’s clothing store One Small Room –mid-century furniture plus jewellery, cards and books. Oscar and Willow - homewares Queen St Pilates Studio Curious Orange Hairdressers Palladeum Hair Brooklan Tree Organic Skin and Beauty West Croydon also has a growing shopping and eating precinct on Rosetta Street - currently featuring The Bruncherie Cafe, two hairdressers and Pineapple Vintage retro clothing store - https://www.facebook.com/pineapplevintageretro/. For the big weekly shop, Welland Plaza is within easy walking distance just across Port Road. Here you’ll find a mid-sized Coles, a Post Office, Sushi Train, Dan Murphy’s liquor store, a great independent fruit and veg shop, pharmacy, café, two bakeries, butchers, newsagents, book shop, noodle bar and even a DVD rental place. A 5 minute drive along South Road is the new Brickworks shopping centre. Here there’s a mammoth new Woolworths supermarket as well as a Big W, another fruit and veg place, an EB Games and various other stores and cafes. Parks and Schools In the heart of Croydon, next to the Queen Street shops and cafes is a ‘village green’ complete with grassed and landscaped park area, toilets, basketball court, BBQ and picnic area and a very cute train-themed kiddies playground. Grab a cup of coffee from Queen Street and join the other families in the park area, whilst the little ones play on the equipment and wave at trains as they pull into the adjacent station. As well as this, there are various parks dotted throughout the suburb, most with play equipment – you’re not going to be more than a 5 minute walk from a park wherever in Croydon/West Croydon you live. Additionally, the whole suburb is zoned 40km/h, making it very family-friendly. Kilkenny Primary School is located in West Croydon (http://www.kilkennyc7.sa.edu.au/) whilst several other unzoned primary schools exist in nearby suburbs. The suburb is zoned for Woodville High School (http://www.woodvillehigh.sa.edu.au/) - two train stops west from West Croydon station. Transport The suburb has great transport links including: Trains: The suburbs are serviced by two train stations only 1.6km apart. Trains to the CBD run every 15 minutes and journey times are 7 minutes and 8 minutes from Croydon and West Croydon stations respectively. Trains home from the CBD run until after midnight. Due to the short distance, trips between Croydon Station and the CBD are approximately half the price of a standard ticket ($1.92 as of April 2017). In the opposite direction, trains run to the cruise ship terminal at Outer Harbor, via the historic city of Port Adelaide and the bustling beach-side town of Semaphore, or via a spur to Grange with its quiet beach and pleasant 2km walk to the busier Henley beach. Trams: The nearest tram stop is at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, a 10-15 minute walk along Port Road from Queen Street in Croydon. The tram line runs past the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, the UniSA City West Campus and the footbridge to Adelaide Oval. Trams are free all the way to the southern edge of the CBD, but continue on to the beach-side suburb of Glenelg thereafter. Due to be completed by 2018, the North Terrace tram line extension will add an additional spur to the free service – this will run past the University of Adelaide campus to the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site and the Botanic Gardens. Frequency of trams is approximately every 10 minutes in peak hour. Buses: Multiple and regular buses run along Port Road and Torrens Road, providing direct access to the CBD. Cycling: The suburb is perfectly placed for commuting to the CBD by bike – a trip takes approximately 15-20 minutes at an average pace, with the route predominantly on cycle paths through the Parklands and along the River Torrens. A dedicated cycle path between Queen Street in Croydon and the Parklands on the edge of the CBD is currently under construction with the first phase due for completion in mid-2017 and the second phase by the end of 2018. Once completed, it will be possible to cycle between Croydon and the CBD, through the parklands without riding on a road. The cycle path will also provide a direct 5-10 minute connection to the expanding community of Bowden with its bars, eateries, markets and shops. In the opposite direction, a cycling greenway (a route through quiet back streets) runs all the way to Outer Harbor. Driving: The CBD is a 10-20 minute (traffic depending) trip by car along Port Road. The beaches at Grange/Henley Beach are a 15 minute drive by car. From Port Road, access to the north-south freeway (current stage to be completed by the end of 2018) will provide very easy access to the Barossa Valley wine region to the north. Once the southern stages are completed at a later date, access to McLaren Vale in the south will be equally easy. Community Croydon/West Croydon has a great, slightly arty community atmosphere. This is not only evident through the number of families seen walking and cycling through the suburb but in the many painted stobie poles (power line poles), mosaic pots and benches and other street art that adorns the area. Very active community groups looks after the gardens at Croydon and West Croydon stations and various artworks such as knitted flowers and home-made butterflies often grace the fences at Croydon Station. On several occasions in recent years, Queen Street/Elizabeth street has been closed for community street parties and events. Due to the high number of productive gardens in the area, there are regular fruit and veg swap meetings where apples can be traded for peaches and so forth. The West Croydon & Kilkenny RSL on Rosetta Street is open to the public every day and hosts a well-attended ANZAC Day dawn ceremony annually. In summer the RSL runs a weekly ‘night owls’ lawn bowls evening, beginners are welcome. All in all I’ve loved living in Croydon for the past two years. It has the type of ‘village’ feel that can sometimes be missing from Australian suburbs, and is immensely walkable. If there was a suburb in Adelaide in which you could live quite happily without being dependent on a car, this is it. Worth a look if this sounds like what you are looking for.
  5. Hi everyone! Finally got my 190! I'm moving to Adelaide at the end of June, and in the process of finalizing my shared accommodation for the first three months. Just wanted an opinion, in terms of quicker access to the CBD, which is a better option: Fitzroy near North Adelaide, or Frewville just off Glen Osmond Road. (Getting a similar deal at both places.) Cheers.
  6. http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=18103&page=1 Most of this unfortunately is not a surprise to me, as I'm sure it will be to no surprise to many of you reading it. It goes on everywhere, it's rife in London as it seems one man and his dog can become a recuiter, it takes time, experience and a seasoned approach to be able to spot them, of the 10 or so recruitment "pimps" I had contact with in adelaide, I'd say 1 maybe 2 were of any use and one of those i simply used as a factor once I actually got the position, contract and negoitiated them as a middle man becuase I did not want to deal direct with the gov, dodged a cashflow bullet on that one. Of the 10 or so recruitment "pimps" I used in London, similar story pretty useless, marginally better than adelaide if you stick to reference and the specialist agencies, currently no pimp needed so direct. These kind of plays by these people are survivable in a thick market with substantial programs of work underway, in a small contracting market, it must be hell, becuase they exclude, block and arbitrage their mates and best-margins into the jobs, so the experienced (read more expensive) applicants never get a look in... Malcolm King: Adelaide's private recruiters are listing false job advertisements, harvesting resumes to sell training and lying to candidates about their employment prospects. Thousands of job changers and desperate job seekers are wasting their time sending online applications off for jobs that don't exist. They are grilled by recruiters about their recent job interviews, then recruiters contact those employers to try sell them their candidates. Applicants are simply 'resume meat'. The English poet Shelley wrote, "in me lies such power, for I grow weary to behold the selfish and the strong still tyrannize without reproach or check." It's the tyranny of the few over the many as recruiters have inveigled their way, by craft and guile, to become the gatekeepers of leadership aspiration in Adelaide. Not a day goes by without my professional writing clients venting their spleen at private recruitment and private training agents. "As low as a snake's prostate," one client spat. In the journalistic spirit of a latter day Barbara Ehrenreich, I applied for a three-month position through a recruitment agency in Adelaide as a Senior Assessment Officer, working for the Commonwealth Government. The Government wanted 12 people to assess aged care grants across the state. It required a sound knowledge of policy and working within legal frameworks. I was interviewed and told a week later that I had not got the job. There was no feedback. No transparency of process. No accountability. I know why I was knocked back. I'm 56 and over qualified. Qualifications and executive experience are negatives in Adelaide. That's why I run my own business. I had previously worked for the Department of Employment in Canberra as an Associate Director in Labour Market Strategy. A core area was ensuring there were trained staff as the first wave of Boomers hit residential aged care homes. There's also rash of online jobs boards run by current or former recruiters, who funnel resumes directly to private training organisations. They use the resumes' private contact information to sell applicants training and then get them to access their VET FEE Help accounts. Private VET trainers (many are recruiters) have cajoled, scammed and burdened thousands of kids with unwanted VET-FEE billsfor rubbish training, delivered by people who can't teach and who are in it for the fast bucks. It wasn't until I saw a client, Bill, in his late 20s, that I realised how far and deeply entrenched some of these scams were. Bill saw a job advertised online at OneShiftfor a warehousing position in Adelaide. He sent off his resume. Three days later he was called by 'Guy' from OneShift in Sydney, who said he had not been short listed for the job. Guy said Bill's employment chances would 'improve drastically' if he undertook some Vocational Education and Training (VET) at a national private training provider. The cost was about three times what a TAFE program would cost and all he had to do was access his VET FEE HELP account. Bill said 'no'. In a world where the lowest common denominator is not hard to find, private recruitershave carved out their own niche. Unfortunately, they're also not the smartest girls and guys in the room. At a recent work function I spoke to a senior recruiter in her early 30s about the emotional impact of visiting Auschwitz in Poland. She looked puzzled. 'Did you go skiing?' She was hiring executives in Adelaide. Recruiters know very little about the competencies or capabilities of the advertised roles. Many have never been to a mine, a factory or know what an IT specialist does. If the recruiter doesn't know what the role entails, what's the point of talking to them in the first place? The brand damage to employers is incalculable. When liberty's light falls full on recruiter's startled faces, they scatter like cockroaches and wait nervously for the danger to pass. Or else they stand like pious deacons, full of their own importance, with one hand in the client's pocket while humbugging the career aspirations of tens of thousands of South Australians. A 2015 Four Corners program called The Jobs Game, found that some Job Service Australia (JSA) employees in Adelaide's northern suburbs put clients into courses run by the company's own registered agencies. There's no pretense of separation let alone transparency or accountability. Some jobseekers believe JSA's have forged their signatures and turned in false paperwork. A 2012 government audit found only 40 per cent of fees paid to agencies could be verified. What happened to the other 60 percent? Australia's welfare to work program costs $1.3 billion-a-year. Last year I emailed the reporter on the Four Corners program, Linton Besser, and he said that not one single local or Federal Government agency had done anything about it. It's a free for all with taxpayers money. One gets the distinct feeling that both the Government and the Department of Employment have put this in the 'too hard basket'. The time is ripe for a class action by those who, with evidence in hand, are willing to tell a judge and the media how they have been abused and how this scurrilous and predatory practice has effected their life. It's time to name names. We live in a world where corporations are judged by their partnerships. We should not support businesses who hire sharks and buffoons to traduce the character and intelligence of prospective staff. We live in a state that can only survive if we have the right people in the right jobs. We live in a time that cries out for authenticity, not deceptions; for truth, not lies. [h=2]About the Author[/h] Malcolm King works in generational workforce change. He was an associate director at DEEWR Labour Market Strategy in Canberra and the senior communications strategist at Carnegie Mellon University. He also runs a professional writing business called Republic.
  7. I had read previous threads in this forum highly recommending David Mawhinney. We have enjoyed his wonderful foods and service for previous parties. His phone just rings out and was wondering if he is still doing catering. If not, can someone here suggest a like-minded person for a party on the 20th of March? Thank you and fingers crossed someone can reply asap. Have made contact with David and his life situation has changed since last we enjoyed his wonderful foods in 2013.
  8. Hello Ladies and Gents, After the wonderful success of our meet up last Friday (19th June) at BSS. We've decided to arrange a couple more. It was wonderful to meet so many nice people the other night. Thank you all for coming, and for bringing your partners/ friends. The next two will be as follows (providing you lovely people are interested). One on Friday 10th July from 7pm onwards in Adelaide CBD (open to suggestions of where), and another, long lunch from 12pm onwards on Sunday 12th July in Glenelg at The Moseley Hotel. As always there is no charge for any of this (you just purchase your own food and drinks). It's always a great chance to meet new people and have a bit of a laugh. It's open to anyone (Friday night is over 18s only as it will be in a pub), Sunday is open to people of all ages, and you don't have to be a POM - any and all nationalities welcome. Please register your interest for either event below, and feel free to invite others. Please also suggest a pub where we can meet on the Friday evening. I'll set up separate events pages for each event (you can come to both if you like). With the Sunday meal I will be asking for "firm" confirmations closer to the time so that I can book us a table. Looking forward to it!!
  9. Hi guys, I have received an EOI from South Australia and am about to apply for a PR visa (190). I am a financial investment adviser and my wife is a Buying Manager with an apparel retailer. I wanted to understand the reality of the job situation for our respective fields in Adelaide. I've been reading everywhere of course that NSW has all the relevant jobs, but their skilled migrant list doesn't include our job profiles so we can't think of going there for at least a couple of years. Any information / help would be welcome.
  10. We are currently a family of 5 although we are expecting another baby in December 2015. We live in the beautiful suburb of Beaumont which is approx 7km to the centre of Adelaide city. We live in an area with great bush walking and bike riding tracks. There is a bus stop 100m from our home that takes you directly to Adelaide city. Both parents are professionals who also love spending time with their children and take a very hands on approach. The au pair will mainly need to care for one or two children on the days that the mother works. At this stage that is 3 days a week currently Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Preparing meals like sandwiches and pasta for the children will be required, as will some light house duties such as washing clothes though no ironing! We are a loving down to earth family who love spending time outdoors, bike riding and camping. We live in a large 4 bedroom 3 toilet home where the au pair will have her own room, board, TV, Wifi and desk for studying. She would share a bathroom with the children. We are looking for someone to become a part of our family and to be looked upon as a big sister by our children. The au pair is required to assist our children to become respectful, independent and caring individuals, and as such the au pair need only guide and help them to do things for themselves. The au pair will be solely responsible for looking after one or two of the children 3 days of the week whilst the mother works. Help in the afternoons with basic homework for the older children (listening to reading and help with maths) would be appreciated. A drivers licence is not required as we live within walking distance to parks and a kindergarten. This position would suit someone studying either Early Childhood Education, Psychology and any Allied Health area where the individual would like to work predominantly in paediatrics. The au pair will have weekends off (although 1 or 2 weekend evening a month of babysitting would be much appreciated) and 2 days during the week off (currently Monday and Tuesday). This position includes room and board, and negotiated pocket money for the week.
  11. Hello everyone, Just wondering if anyone was keen to meet up and make some new friends this Friday night? Was thinking 6pm onwards at Bank Street Social? Anyone is welcome: new members, established ones, young, un-young :-) Details below for anyone who doesn't know where it is. Bank Street Social 48 Hindley Street, Adelaide SA 5000
  12. Hi all, I need an advice and hope will get answer from this wonderful forum... I have got 190 visa last month. I've applied it for Adelaide but after reading all feedbacks and employment situation in Adelaide, I am confused about moving there. I read in the forum that it's not an legal requirement to come, settle or at least live first two years in the sponsored state and we can move anywhere in Australia as we have PR. Is it true? Can I come to Melbourne and settle there? Will there be any difficulties or complications at the time of applying citizenship? Please reply as I have to arrange my tickets and residence :-). Thanks in advance!
  13. Hi thereMy situation is a bit complicated so bear with me but we would appreciate some advice from those who live in Adelaide currently. We moved to Melbourne 2.5 years ago and recently had our daughter (6mo). We are currently in the UK on a visit making the most of my maternity leave. My hubby doesn't particularly enjoy his job in Melbourne and was hoping for a change of career (currently a Plumber). Whilst in the UK he's been offered two jobs - one offshore working out of Aberdeen for £60K and one in Adelaide working for an oil company for $73K (while he trains). With both options I wouldn't be working. We love being back in the UK with family and friends and seeing our baby girl with them is priceless. We could be very comfortable here on that wage. We don't know much about Adelaide but know things would be tight on 73K and with no family or friends and at home all day with a baby, would I go mad? I just don't know. We don't particularly love Melbourne, it's too big for us and it's gloomy for most of the winter.Can anyone give any advice on Adelaide and family friendly suburbs maybe with lots of Brits? Thanks
  14. Hi everyone, I am new to PIA. We are a couple from India planning to migrate to Australia. Our consultant here recommend the following for us: Me - He recommends Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) with CSOL - Corporate Services Manager - 132111 Wife - He recommends Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) with CSOL - External Auditor - 221213 Assuming we get this visa in this subclass I have following questions: 1. After visa is issued and we do EOI for these occupations, how much time does it take to get the job (i assume the state government will give us one) in these occupations in Adelaide? 2. Both these occupations in CSOL show "OPEN" in Adelaide in SA region, does it mean there are vacancies in Adelaide? 3. Ideally how much per week do you estimate me and my wife will earn? Looking forward to prompt reverts. Thanks. 4.
  15. Hi everyone, I emigrated to Australia in 2013 with my other half. We moved to Sydney, and since arriving here, I've been fighting off the feeling that Sydney just isn't 'right' for me. I won't go into details right now, but basically after 8 months of trying to put these feelings to the back of my mind, I've now decided enough is enough. We started to look at other cities that may suit me better. I like the look of Adelaide - personality, culture, good food, festivals, close (relatively) to other cities, fairly good climate and affordability. For these reasons we've decided to make a reccie trip to Adelaide from 25th August. I'm very excited about this. I'm in my late twenties now, and want to find a place to settle down. I'm hoping Adelaide will be that place. I'm here to share my thoughts and experiences about life in SA and to listen to other peoples. Also to try and scope out which suburbs might work for us and what the job situation is like for nurses. Joanna
  16. I am going to be at our King William Street office on Thursday 27/02. If anyone would like a freebie half hour chat about their tax affairs please feel able to send a PM or an email to me (click on my name to the left of this posting). Best regards.
  17. Was wondering what would be the best Level 3 certificate courses to choose for best employment options and career growth In Adelaide or may be that helps in other states of Australia? ATM, Iam looking at Health Services Assistant (But no many jobs, but 6 months course only with Funded by Gov, 1.5K out of pocket), Early child educator or carer (Few jobs, 12 months course, not funded by Gov, 3.5K out of pocket) Any valuable suggestion are welcome.
  18. Hi guys, I need your advice. I am working with a company that agreed to be my sponsor, but because they are afraid to invest and fail in the visa process, they asked me to organise a migration agent. Could you please advice me which migration agent will be efficient, helpful and has a wide experience in 457. Thanks a lot!! Silvia
  19. Hey Guys, We are contributing our Beat the Bike stall to the Relay For Life fundraising event at the Adelaide showgrounds on the 2nd and 3rd of May!! This is an excellent opportunity for you to get involved, meet new people as well as showing your support for this amazing cause. For more information on how to get involved visit the http://www.relayforlife.org.au Beat the bike for cancer support Come on poms, do something positive and different, we are!! Look forward to seeing you there, Danny
  20. 4 years today my family and I arrived in Adelaide, with 5,000 pounds no jobs, no car, no furniture, and a rental home for one month. 4 years later and now I live in large three bedroom home with a large swimming pool in the garden and only ten minutes walk to our local beach (Henley Beach). I have a lush new bright red convertible, so many amazing friends, who are more like my Aussie family. I enjoy a great social life, I play golf with the lads every Sunday and have sun tan for 7 months of the year. Been to Sydney, Gold Coast and also Bali. Nathan my Son has given us a gorgeous cute Grandson called Harlow-Blu Millar Smith and now lives in the Gold Coast. Shannon my daughter is settled with a good job, nice car and partying at the weekends. My daughter Charlotte is growing up fast and turning into one gorgeous lady and becoming more intelligent from school every day. My precious wife (Jane) is a Nurse at Calvary North Adelaide Hospital and the rock of this family, she is genuine, she cares for us all and she provides for us in all ways. My mother has visited us twice and Jane's cousin has been once and coming again this year. My family and I are looking forward to attending my sister's wedding in Burnley, Lancashire in June 2014 and most of all seeing my Dad. I followed my dream and all my dreams have come true. Australia has embraced me and I will becoming a Citizen of Australia. We have had some hard times, I have been laid off from 5 jobs and my 6th job (which I am now physically unable to perform), caused me a back injury, disc bulges and sciatica and I have had two epidurals so far. I have had surgery on both shoulders and Jane has been diagnosed with a potential serious health problem. Three years ago I was constant fighting with my two oldest children because they wanted to go back to the UK, but I just about managed for them both to agree to stay in Australia for another year till we gained permanent residency. Two years in and they loved living in Australia. I am currently recovering from back injury and not earned any money since September 2013. I am constantly looking for work. But I still believe that I am living the Aussie dream.................
  21. Thought it was about time to join in. Just passed the 1 year mark and suddenly life feels like it is getting much easier and a lot more fun...could have something to do with getting a house with a sea view, but I think it is more about places feeling more familiar and finding some kindered spirits to share a bottle of local vino. Came over with husband & 2 young kids. Just wanted to say hello & hoping to join in. Xx
  22. 24 hours in and wanted to brag

    HUBI and I arrived in adelaide last night, from London. Call it jet lag but I just wanted to say hello. We are staying near Hutt Street for 6 or so weeks until the shipping container arrives. It took months to get everything organised, house let, packing, flights booked, the kitten injected and his flights booked, etc etc. and now it is like the reverse needs doing, discover the area, find a rental, make new friends, find a Virgin Active equivalent gym. The HUBI starts his new job Wednesday, so if anyone would like to meet up, just yell. About us: professional couple. No kids. Late 30s/Early 40s. Love to travel.
  23. Hi everyone... I just moved in Adelaide with my partner. I am looking for a dentist with experience. One of my molars starts to be too sensitive to cold. The tooth was already fixed some years ago and I'm afraid I need a root canal but I need a good dentist to check it. I checked the cost of a root canal treatment and it's crazy!!. Any advice will be welcome PS: I'm in the CBD but no problem to go if the dentist worth it.
  24. Me again - tummy did a flip this morning on viewing our ss tracker - its added another line, but we have no idea what (if anything) this means! Wondered if those of you who have gone through it could shed any light: [TABLE=class: application-details] [TR] [TD]Nominated Occupation:[/TD] [TD]Secondary School Teacher[/TD] [TD][/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [/TR] [/TABLE] [TABLE] [TR=class: head] Application Process Milestone Date [/TR] [TR] [TD=colspan: 2]Online Application Completed & Submitted[/TD] [TD]12 Jul 2011[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD=colspan: 2] Complete Set of Documents Received by Immigration SA Office [/TD] [TD] 18 Jul 2011 [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD=colspan: 2]Application Assessed [/TD] [TD]Immigration SA is unable to provide an indication of processing times. Keep monitoring this page and your e-mail for the decision on your application.[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD=colspan: 2]Application Decision[/TD] [TD]No Decision yet[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD=colspan: 3][/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] The new bit is the 'Application Decision' line (and I'm sure the line above said 'Application being assessed' or something more in present tense than that as well) - that wasn't there yesterday! Does it mean they have finished assesing our paperwork and are now just keeping what they have decided from us until they feel its the right time to tell us?! As that would be super super fast - so I can't quite believe that would be right!! Argh, this is awful isn't it!! Thank you to anyone that can put me out of our misery!
  25. My name is Elle Whyatt and I own a company in Adelaide called Running In Heels. I have been approached by a UK Production Company who are looking to cast expat Brits, who are about to move, or are currently living in Adelaide and want to buy a home. Please see below. CHANNEL 4 IS ON THE HUNT FOR BRITS TO APPEAR IN A BRAND NEW PROPERTY SHOW. IF YOU HAVE RECENTLY MOVED TO AUSTRALIA AND STRUGGLING TO FIND YOUR DREAM AUSSIE HOME WE COULD HAVE THE ANSWER. WE HAVE A TEAM OF PROFESSIONAL HOME FINDERS READY TO HELP YOU WITH THE LEGWORK. WE’LL AIM TO FIND YOUR IDEAL HOME AND EVEN HELP BROKER THE DEAL … If this sounds like you, please contact me on 1800 700 406 or 0405 100 744, my email is elle@runninginheels.com.au