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  1. Boxertony

    Our 10 Week Update !!!

    I have already put up our weekly update, now it's our ten week update. Jane the Mrs is still working really hard at the North Calvary Hospital on the Cancer Ward. She is really enjoying it and staff are great with her and management constantly provide her with compliments, which we are really pleased with. I have just completed my first week at De Poi Consulting, as a Transitional Rehabilitation Consultant in Workcover. very demanding and target driven but thats the way I like it anyway. I had to wait 7 weeks to start, with the waiting for the police clearance and skills being assessed and registering with Workcover SA governing body. Great to do just 9 - 5pm job, no weekends, no shifts. Happy ! In my spare time I have now took up golf, so Nathan and I play that when we can. A 2 mins walk to the Regency golf course - sorted! Nathan my Son (21) has been waiting for FA clearance so he can play Professional Soccer for Adelaide City, when it did happen, he missed the signing date, so we put an appeal in and he won this week, so he can sign as a professional player. Only today (Sat 24th April 2010) he played is second game for Adelaide City and scored 4 goals. In addition Nathan is working for the owner and director of Adelaide City at Best Bricks and Pavers. Also he has gained some good friends around his age, so he has his drinking mates too, all of the friends he has gained are from this excellent website. Problem they all live down South (Little Britain regions lol). My daughter Shannon (17) has been having some hairdressing trials, hopefully the latest one at the Underground Haircutters on Rundal Mall will offer her a position. Shannon is still contacting her boyfriend in England and costing a bomb on phone bills and she is still determined to go back to him when she hits 18 years old. One year to go though. She has gained two nice girl mates but they also live down South so it is difficult to meet up with them. Shannon is lot better than what I anticpated before we left the UK. Underneath I think she actually likes Adelaide! My daughter Charlotte (11) is totally sorted, she has a boyfriend of 6 weeks, loving school has gained a lots of mates from school to hang around with. They are the good bits............... The only thing what is bad is the problems I have been having back in the UK regarding my property. I rented it out to a 58 year old lady who had custody of her two small grandchildren. To cut story short, she did a runner, did not pay any rent for two months, took all my wood flooring, furniture, boiler, light fittings and blinds and even my massive shed from the garden, someone has smashed in the back patio doors in and also tried to get in the front door and damaged that. Someone has dumped loads of rubbish in my garden, i.e. doors, mattresses, carpets and lots more stuff. I got an estate agent round to view my home and they stated that I have lost about £30,000 in the value of the house. Basically it would cost about £10,000 to get back up to standard for it to sell on top of that. It has been a really hard decision because I am extremely fond of my home back in Newcastle upon Tyne, but I have decided to hand it back to the Halifax bank who I have the mortgage with, and cut my losses. Yes I will lose money, but really think about it, maybe it is for the best. My life is fantastic now, since we have been in Adelaide. We are all settled and working, new hobbies and friends. I need to think of my future in Adelaide and I dont want to be at the other end of the world and have stress regarding my home back in the UK and the extra expense each month. It looks like people are aware that the house is now empty and we live in Australia, so people are just using my home as a dumping ground, and I think it is a matter of time before the windows start getting smashed week in week out. I really wanted the capital in my home to set us up nicely here in Adelaide, so gutted for that, but thinking about it, we have done very good since we have been here without the extra money from the sale of my home, so lets just continue. The police got involved and found all my stuff, through the woman who rented my home. But they will not prosecute her because they stated that it is a civil matter and my tenant stated that I sold her everything to her. Yes I can get her done for breaking the lease, but a solicitor said to me - you would only get a few pounds a week off her as she is now on benefits. Overall I am happy and really pleased that as a family we have coped and really enjoyed our time here in Adelaide. What made me give my home back to the bank was this question I asked myself. "If the Austrlaian Immigration told me when I started my visa application that you can gain your visa right now if you give your house back to the bank and move over to Adelaide". "Would you"? My answer would of been a big fat YES!
  2. Hi everyone its took over a year to get to this message. I use to read and be ever so envy of those people who write these updates. Now it's my time. Here goes: Arrived on lunch time on Wednesday 10th February 2010. Went straight to our four week fully furnished rental from Donna Jacob, well recommended. A really nice three double bedroom house located in Seaton very near West Lakes Shopping Centre, which is amazing. After 20 mins we went to West Lakes changed our English Sterling to AUS$ then went to Coles shopping, what an eye opener regarding the prices. But enjoyable seeing the different brands etc. The people on the till were ever so friendly even packed your bags for you, lots of people waiting behind us and we felt obliged to speed up, but the people waiting said "NO WORRIES" lol. So laid back the Ozzies are and ever so friendly, the kept saying "love your accent" and "you are ever so brave to come over to Adelaide". The same first day Wednesday afternoon we went to the bank, all our bank stuff was sorted and cards ready to be picked up, once again really friendly people/staff. On the way home we visited a car rental, organised a car rental and left with the car rental, whilst driving home I just randomly stopped at a car dealers, just to get an idea of the prices etc. After twenty minutes being there I knocked down the car dealer on a Vauxhall Holden from $2000 to £1000 and three weeks left on the Rego. So my Son drove the purchased car back following me in our car rental. Next day Thursday we went into Adelaide Centre sorted out the Medicare, Tax File Numbers, purchased five sim cards from Vodaphone and also the pay-as-you-go Internet Dongle, purchased a Sat Nav and a Printer/Scanner/Copier all in one. Visited West Lakes and Shannon my daughter got offered a weeks hairdressing trial for an apprenticeship in hairdressing. Also viewed another three rental houses. Next day Friday we visited Glenelg, what a lovely gorgeous amazing place, paradise on your doorstep. Whilst walking along the promenade, we were saying "I cannot believe that we live here, we could come here everyday if we wanted to". That was the time and place where everything we wanted and dreamed about came into reality. Honest readers dreams do come true and Adelaide was the definitely our home from now onwards. Went to view another two rental houses. Friday night a great family who we met on this amazing website came to our home and welcomed us to Adelaide, they came with their lovely daughter. One hour later my son and their daughter went out drinking down Hindley Street. They have seen each other everyday since, they say they are just friends, but I know its more than that. lol. Saturday was rest day we spent the day sunbathing on Henley Beach and viewed one rental home. Sunday we met up with a really nice family from this website and ended up going to the Gorge, we fed the kangaroos, held Koala Bears and took photos, walked around and saw every animal you could think of. Cannot stand Bats urghhh! On our return we went for a meal with this family. Monday my son Nathan aged 20 and I got invited to to lunch with the Italian owner and Director of Adelaide City at the ground in Oakden. We had a five course meal, wine the full works, shown round the ground and discussed soccer contracts and wages for my son. In the evening we went to see Adelaide City play a match at home and both Nathan and I spent the evening in the Directors box and again having a buffet at half time. Free drinks too. Tuesday I visited MINDA in Seacliff and got a job offer from them, as long as I can get my skills assessed via the skills recognition board and complete the senior first aid course. Tuesday afternoon we veiwed three houses and a bit of shopping. In the evening we went back to Adelaide City and Nathan received some medical treament/physio because he has a slight ligament strain in his ankle. At this point the owner/director of Adelaide City also offered to purchase him a car so my son can get to training and also offered him a job at his company called BEST BRICKS, working in the office, and can also help him if he wants to gain his own accommodation. Every person we have came into contact who are associated to Adelaide Juventas Soccer Club are absolutely amazing people. What a friendly and helpful bunch of people. Tuesday evening we met up with another amazing family from this website and went for a drink at the Marine in Glenelg, but had to pick the son up on the return from the cinema at Marion with is new girl - mate/friend lol. Wednesday first thing I received a phone call from the director of Adelaide United asking Nathan and I to go and see them about playing for them, so the last two days we have been speaking to him, but feeling bad to Adelaide City, so we have arranged to go and see the Manager and the Director of Adelaide Utd this Monday afternoon. We did the right thing and told Adelaide City and they was really nice about it. This surprised us. Later in the afternoon we visited the welcome meetingn at the state government offices, waste of time, but did meet the big boss of the skills reognition board and have an appointment on Friday to see her to complete my skills assessment. Another three houses we viewed in the late afternoon and agreed to apply for a 4 bedroom rental bungalow house at Ferryden Park. Today Thursday we went visted the estate agents and applied for the house at Ferryden Park and we go it, absolutely well chuffed. Jane the wife visited her employment at the North Calvary Hospital and was shown round and got her shifts off the clinical director. This evening Nathan and I went back to Adelaide City for more Physio treatment and to watch a bit of training. Tomorrow (Friday) I will be taking back the car rental, visiting the Driving Licence place at the Marion to Rego my car and sort out SA driving licences. In the afternoon I am going to the Skills assessment meeting. Saturday is a BBQ attendance and Sunday is an afternoon with an associate from Adelaide United at his home. Jet-lag what's that, feel brilliant.
  3. My daughter Shannon aged nearly 17 years old, she has already completed 6 months of an hairdressing apprenticeship whilst in the UK. After being here for five weeks in Adelaide. Shannon is now getting bored and has no friends or any socialising funds/money. Therefore she is after a suitable job, either in a shop, or, in a hairdressers, or, a office junior role. She did mention she would like to be a dentist assistant. Just wondering if anyone has any employment opportunities for her. We all have jobs and she is stuck in all day everyday. I feel for her. We hope to hear from you very soon????
  4. Please can someone who has emigrated from England to Adelaide provide me with a blunt and down - to - earth opinion of finding rented property in the Suburbs of Adelaide. I have read some threads on here and most of them have mentioned to stay away from the regions of Elizabeth, but not actually gave an explanation to why it may not be suitable to settle their. I have researched the suburbs and tend to find that most suburbs are expensive to rent - a decent accomodation being $400 - £180 per week, which compared to rental prices here in Newcastle upon Tyne is $200 - £90 per week. Yes I must admit that the quality of the rented homes in Adelaide far excide of those here in England. But to me the rental prices in Adelaide are expensive, so I have been looking at suburbs of Elizabeth and surrounding areas of Elizabeth and found that rental is far cheaper than anywhere else around Adelaide, its obvious that they are a lot cheaper, probably because people dont want to live in Elizabeth. But I have looked at the quality of the homes and they are excellent and a couple of hundred dollars cheaper to rent than other areas. The location is great - it's near the coast and the CBD. I have found that there are a lot of families on these type of forums and these families on emigration programs on tv have a lot of money to emigrate with, so they have more options in gaining quality rental homes and which suburb they choose to settle in. I will be bringing hardley anything probably about £10k. Since I left home at 17 years old I have lived all over England, as well as Turkey, Spain and France. Almost all of these areas have been rough Council House estates, but to me, you make the best of where you live and from my experience its just the stigma of the area what is actually bad. In addition I am entitled to the full Meet and Greet service which the South Australian Government provide, because I have gained the South Australia State Sponsorship Visa (Subclass 475), which to me I am well happy with, in-fact overwhelmed with. Because they will hopefully provide my family and I with very cheap furnished accomodation for the first 12 weeks of being in Australia. Who cares where it is, as long it helps me soon as I arrive, no worries about looking for property, buying furniture, etc. Too me the home is what you make of it. You know what readers I am seriously considering the Elizabeth suburbs to start off with and then when I get settled find a suitable job then I will hopefully move to my ideal suburbs of City of Charles Sturt. Tony (39), Jane (38), Nathan (20), Shannon (16), Charlotte (10)
  5. Well our house as fallen through and we are now back to square one. All our money is tied up in the house. We have both gained jobs in Adelaide but no money to actually make the move unless we sell our home first. Nevertheless we just want to get to Adelaide and waiting for the house to sell could take ages and cutting us up inside. So we went to the bank and have arranged to go on interest only mortgage until we sell our house etc. This means that our mortgage has gone from £440 per month to £229.42 thus a saving of £210.58 per month. So we made the decision to bite the bullet today and we have now booked and paid for our flights to Adelaide for the 8th February 2010 with Cathay Pacific from Heathrow - Hong Kong - Adelaide. The full price we paid for five Adults £505.00 per person one way, totalling £2520.00. Their website is: www.economytravels.co.uk Jane the wife will start her job soon as we get their and I will start mine after we have sorted the kids out and settled a bit better. We will pay for this mortgage of £229.42 whilst in Adelaide and the leave the keys with the estate agents and let them show people around. We just thought with both of us gaining suitable employment why are we sitting here with winter arriving, when we should just go for it at least we will be earning fairly soon and its summer over in Adelaide. Plus ideal time for our 11 year old daughter to start school. Our problem is though we have no money saved up now because we have paid for our flights. We will have to save up now to send our furniture over and have set up fees for when we arrive. But we have got $5000 in a National Australian Bank Account on our arrival. I have also applied for AOA and the Meet and Greet Service, hopefully this will help us financially and settle much quicker. Financially we are worried but the suspense of just waiting and waiting and waiting for our house to be sold is torture, especially when we thought we had it sold, etc. Underneath I am also very worried that we may not have enough money, but I am still trying to be very positive, especially in front of my other family members. But still excited (weird eh)? Once we have settled we are going to try the Barbie thing, so everyone is invited, especially kids around the age of 21, 17 and 11 yrs old, so my kids can gain somemates, oh! and their parents for the wife and I lol.
  6. Hi We are a family of four who arrived in Adelaide in January this year. We moved into an unfurnished 3 bed, 2 bath, 2 garage low maintenance detached modern property in Nairne in February. We have now bought our own property and so the rental property is being marketed as available from 12 October 2009 for $315/wk. It may be possible for a new tenant to take over our lease ie. only be tied in for the balance of about 3 months, otherwise it is a standard 12mth contract. It's no big deal if you need to break the contract (as we have) just a couple of hundred dollars re-advertising costs. Details of the property can be found at http://www.realestate.com.au Click the RENT tab and enter this property ID in the search box: 403089828 It's in a fantastic location with local amenities within walking distance eg. convenience store, post office, playground, nature reserve, school, hardware store, pharmacy, fish & chip shop, two cafes, pizzeria and an indian restaurant. Just 10 minutes away is Mt Barker with supermarkets, banks etc. Adelaide city is just 20 minutes down the freeway. Email me if you would like any further information. Best regards, Andrew
  7. Boxertony

    We Have Our Visa ! Yeah !!!!!!!!!

    Everyone out there! We have gained our Skilled Migration Subclass 475 Visa this morning. (God I love that e-mail). It's been a long process, which at times has been very stressful/worrying and the waiting to find out if I have passed the next stage after the next stage after the next stage and then finally waiting for the final outcome. But nevertheless I did it. This is one of my biggest achievements so far because it has meant so much to me. On the day I started my Visa application I purchased a really good Champagne and I stated that I will open it and drink the lot on the day I receive my visa. Well thats today. Yipee!!!! One problem I am not a drinker so I will be hungover tomorrow but who cares, because, I HAVE MY VISA - I HAVE MY VISA - I HAVE MY VISA - YEAH!!!! I need to sell my home now so I can actually get on that plane to Adelaide.
  8. Hello all, I used to love to see all the photos before I arrived here, so here are some for the ones still in the UK (or anywhere). Enjoy! http://picasaweb.google.com.au/EmuInAdelaide/AroundAdelaideSightseing?authkey=Gv1sRgCMSBqPKY0uOMPg&feat=directlink
  9. Guest

    How is life in Adelaide?

    Hi all We are a family with 3 lively boys, ranging in age from 5 - 13. We are just beginning the migration process. Originally we had wanted to go to Queensland, but our occupation is only being accepted in South Australia. Can anyone give us some honest opinions on the area, we want to be near the coast - Glenelg looks nice - we plan on running our own digital print studio - photo-art on to canvas (which we already do over here in the UK). Any advice information on areas, schools etc would be greatly appreciated. Do many home have pools? Been looking at houses for sale on line, and many don't seem to have them - look forward to hearing from anyone who has made the move, who may have similar family etc....
  10. We have a position to fill: Specialist National Claims Managers | Adelaide | Salary commensurate with experience Our client is a specialist claims management group providing a national loss adjusting service. With an expanding business, the company requires another qualified Loss Adjuster to join their South Australian team. You will work closely with the Property Claims Manager to manage the company's property loss adjusting requirements. You will undertake local assessments and provide advice to regional service providers. You will have minimum 3-5 years loss adjusting experience and the capacity to audit the effectiveness of additional providers is an advantage. Your experience in commercial or domestic loss adjusting that includes high value damage assessments is highly regarded. For more info go to: http://www.citywidepersonnel.com.au/page/loss_adjuster__domestic_or_commercial_property.html Has to be Australian citizen with current Loss Adjuster qualification. Forward your resume to: recruit@citywidepersonnel.com.au

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