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  2. All have good reputations. One is north of the swan river. Traffic may be an issue with where you work. All 3 have strict catchments. Houses in the south will be bigger for same $ Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    padbury primary

    Hi all being well I am hoping to rent in the catchment area for duncraig high school. we know someone who teaches there. My youngest will be 8 and looking at the school I like the sound of padbury primary . There are only 106 children enrolled there spoke to school receptionist who was lovely and helpful. Anybody know much about this school. I also have two teenage girls who I hope will get into duncraig. Am not immensely worried about academic success in a school but want a caring nurturing environment for my son who is quite an anxious child Thanks
  5. Dfactor38


    Hi Dave, Are you still looking for someone? Cheers Dan
  6. FOL

    Study English in Perth

    It is great that you want to learn English by going on an overseas adventure. Your attititude is great as well, as you will learn English the fastest when you do not jump into a Hispanic community locally, but blend in with the locals. You can walk in a tshirt during the day all year round. In winter (which is now) it gets cold in the evening/night/morning and you need to dress up properly. You can swim year round, but you will need a warm wetsuit during winter, late autumn and early spring. People usually don't swim during that period. The water is always quite cold compared to the east coast. The advantage is less deadly animals in the ocean I think you summed up all the pros and cons about Perth. How true they are is up to your jusgement. Is Perth boring? I don't think so, but a wild party goer might think so. Do keep in mind you are asking this on a forum where participants generally live in Perth, giving you a skewed opinion in favour of Perth.
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  8. So much to take away from this thread. I personally do not post doom and gloom, but try to be as realistic as I can be in what I post, especially as we have had some posters here who seem to think the roads are still paved in gold in WA! I have lived here for 27 years and have seen the financial depressions and up times too. Yes the recent mining boom has been and gone, and along with it lots of jobs with big salaries in many areas. I agree that a lot of people during this time perhaps didn't use their money as wisely as they could, and spent it on experiences - but how you spend your money is up to you and no one else, and experiences are life expanding. At grass roots levels in WA, there are jobs. Many jobs are part-time and many are casual, but the jobs are there. Most of these jobs are not advertised online or with agencies, but are word of mouth or just posters in windows of cafes etc. Basically you just need to be prepared to do anything and work for any hours, to just earn money to keep you solvent. Offering to do unpaid "work experience" in a place you would like to work is a good move too. Please do not interpret my post as negative.. I am just trying to help as this is how I made my way. I share my advice and views with everyone and hope it will help. Been there as a single parent, and done that!!
  9. I think life is what you make it and for us it's been an excellent move, I don't think I could return to the UK to live. I know my daughter has said (and I've posted previously) that she has been very happy to have had her teenage years in Aus rather than the UK. I'm all for encouraging new migrants to give it a go if they feel they want/need to. I think if people arrive with their eyes wide open (and there's too much information available to have rose coloured specs on) they have a reasonable idea of what they're heading into. For some they'll love it and others will hate it. Good luck with the move back xx
  10. Vicky87

    Construction industry

    I never thought of that reason, in fairness I don't blame employers thinking that way now that you mention it! I guess there are a lot of people that head back for various reasons (could even be us) , and it's almost like we need to prove we're prepared to stay. I suppose as long as we put in some effort hopefully we'll be rewarded.. And yes I guess the WHV could have been an issue when we were there before, I know traveling came first when we were there and work just provided the money we needed to see some of the sights. He managed to find some work eventually, but he was being very fussy then
  11. Thanks for the replies. I am passionate about Australia and feel my soul belongs there bit hippyish but that's how I feel. I agree very much about the boom and bust scenario. For me work ing on health these things have minimal impact apart from the fact things are cheaper now than during the book time. I've always grafted bloody hard and as a single parent am not one someone who expect everything handed to them. I have an amazing life in the UK however my children find the worry of terrorism the constant rush rush of life here and the almost Victorian levels of authoritarianism in school difficult to handle. A quiet outdoors life suits is all we live very cheaply . Can't wait to get back
  12. I have a client that offers services rlto mining and they are still growing like crazy. Even in mining there are opportunities.
  13. It very much depends on what trade you are in. People in mining construction services did very well up until early 2015. Big money was made and if people were sensible, they would have squirreled a bit of that away. I'd say the downturn has hit those who didn't plan ahead the hardest. I know quite few people who earned big and spent bigger who are now suffering. I have one friend who went on a grand 6 week world tour in 2013 which cost him and his wife over $100k. She paid someone to do the housework and the ironing and they were always popping off for luxury mini breaks in places like Margaret River on his week off. He's was laid off once the job he was working on finished, and now he's earning around $70k a year managing a shop. Now $70k a year is not bad for a couple with no kids, hardly poverty. But they are in dire straights. They have a pretty big mortgage on their house and can't downsize because the house isn't worth as much as they paid for it. The fact is, if they'd been a bit sensible, they could have been mortgage and debt free before he was retrenched. Younger people have also suffered a bit as well. Kids were leaving school back in 2012 and walking into low skilled jobs paying $80k a year. Not the case today. Perth has been through the old boom and bust cycle before and no doubt it will happen again. The trick is to recognise when you are in a boom and make some preparations for the bust.
  14. It is doom and gloom at the moment... oh wait, they call it winter and it should be okay again in about 3 months Other than that, we don't notice any big downturn. I have some ozzy companies as clients. Mining client who is doing ridiculously well, a builder who is struggling, it's all part of it.
  15. since returning from Perth ... its taught us that "its just life" and to really explore every oportunity ! We found things werent right in our 12 month stint for us ....... A big error for us was constantly comparing to the UK - Although one thing the UK does have going for it is long hours in the summer staying light until 10.30 .... bliss. But Perth had the ocean ..... that unbelievable ocean, so warm and so so perfect. Not sure what im trying to say , but for us - where thinking of heading back around January , Ok there might be a lul in jobs ...... But im positive the UK boom is going to be short . ............. Life is what matters , memories ! some of the best days in my life where simply spent on mullaloo beach with only enough money for a flat white! Anyhow good look , follow your heart and not your head ...... and enjoy every single moment x
  16. Arwen

    Child wanting to go to University in England

    My friends daughter is starting a law degree in the UK in September. They visited 6 universities and not one was willing to treat them as domestic fee paying.
  17. Warnbro

    Construction industry

    I agree. Some of our best workers are new arrivals. I suppose it makes sense. Lazy people don't up sticks and move half way around the world for a better life. I think some of the problem is that there is this perception that the newly arrived Pom may well decide they have made a mistake and decide to turn tail and go home. The longer you have been here, the less this is a concern for potential employers. You can't claim benefits for the first two years, so you lose nothing by doing a bit of unpaid voluntary work. I didn't do that myself, but I know an ex civil servant from the UK who came over on his wifes visa (Nursing). He volunteered to clean the windows at the local aged care facility and also did three days a week at the local Good Sammy sorting through donations. He's now manager of maintenance at the aged care facility. In my first week, I took my forklift ticket and paid the instructor some extra to let me play around on it for a couple of hours to hone my skills (I was a bit rusty). I signed up with a couple of labour hire companies and took anything they offered even if it meant travelling 50kms for half a days work. I got myself a reputation for never turning anything down and always being on the other end of the phone. They could ring me at 9am and I would be on site at 10am. My first full time job was pretty rubbish with long, unsocial hours but I used my free time to write off for things I wanted to do. Eventually, I got myself into what I am doing now. I think Vicky87's hubby may have also struggled last time around because they were on a working holiday visa. I expect being here on a PR next time will change things a bit.
  18. Vicky87

    Construction industry

    Thanks Rossmoyne, I've read a few conversations on here and it seems to be a common theme - you must have Australian experience and it seems to be more who you know rather than what you know.. having visited before I hope we are coming over with our eyes open this time, we're definitely not as naïve! We are both prepared to do work experience and take whatever job comes our way, also planning to join clubs etc to try meet people in hope to make friends and also aid with finding employment. We can but try when we get there I guess :-)
  19. Rossmoyne

    Construction industry

    Warnbro gives good advice, so please listen to him. However it is still only early days in the economic recovery of WA. There are so many well qualified people out of work, although the situation is very slowly improving, and as Warnbro says, once experienced workers slowly move back to FIFO, that will leave job vacancies in Perth. For some reason though, Australian employers often seem to shun new migrants when looking for new employees, and say they need Australian experience, and I just don't get that view. I am retired now, but some of the best people I ever employed, were migrants with little or no Australian experience. So the bottom line is, that you need to be prepared to accept any job, however menial, and even put yourself out there to do "work experience". In Australia, "work experience", is basically working for free, it is not a title on your resume. But performing work experience for an employer can in many cases gain you employment. It certainly worked for me 27 years ago when we arrived here, and it is advice I constantly give -as @Jen78 will confirm.
  20. Vicky87

    Construction industry

    Thanks warnbro, I will have a word with the other half and tell him not to be so fussy this time. I think he realises he needs to take whatever comes his way.. Our first trip caused a lot of upset and cost a fortune but we learnt valuable lessons and we're ready to try again.. We're just hoping I get a good job to support us so he can do any courses or tickets so he's compliant
  21. I don't think it is doom and gloom. But it is realistic and maybe your view of the U.K. is overly doom and gloom. We moved back to the UK in 2016 and would say our life is at least as good back in the UK as it was in Oz.
  22. Warnbro

    Construction industry

    FIFO probably wouldn't be an option anyway for a new arrival. The FIFO jobs tend to go to those who have done it before. But the plus side is that when a FIFO project starts, it creates vacancies in Perth. As for finding work when you first arrive, it's best to just take anything you can get so that you gain some local experience. I started out doing forklift work through an agency. A day or two here and there to start with and then one of the contracts turned into a full time job. The longer you are here, the easier it becomes to find work (employers are reluctant to take on people who have just stepped off the plane).
  23. I enjoy reading the posts on here immensely but I can't help but feel there is a real sense of negativity and doom and gloom particularly towards newbies who are excited to try for a new life. My background is I have been coming back and forth to Australia since 1986. I spent over 10 years working I the Kimberley and pilbara as a nurse and midwife . I am a dual citizen. i was recently back in Oz for 3 weeks at Easter. What surprised me the most is how reasonably prìced most things were and how clean and even though there is a downturn in the economy most of my friends still live lifestyles we only dream of I'm the UK I do womder how many of those doom and gloomers realise how much poverty and deprivation there now is in parts of the uk. It is noticeable on every high street corner. What I hardly saw while on Perth was the sheer numbers of down and out people we are seeing here Our employment might be at a high level but a lot of these people are on subsistence wages my friend teenage children all had part time jobs some of them earning as much as I do as a midwife per hour. Public transport was a third of the price days out we're much more affordable a trip to perth zoo was less than half we would pay at our local zoo .Food prices were comparable and overall I found eating out cheaper House prices are still over inflated in perth for me còmimg from the north west of England selling two houses I can still not afford to buy over there. However regardless of house prices I still feel West Australia offers me and my children a better standard of living. less fear of terrorism and violence and a lifestyle that is very difficult in the UK without being incredibly rich I truly believe for people with grit determi.atiom and a strong work ethic Perth still has lots to offer. Please be gentle on the newbies . Foo
  24. Vicky87

    Construction industry

    This makes me a little sad as we visited in 2012 and my husband struggled for work then, and if that was when it was meant to be booming Oh well, we may as well at least attempt Perth as we loved it there.. Hopefully by the time we come over a few more of these projects would have commenced if it fails we're open to Melbourne or Newcastle, just hoping to get it right first time! Really appreciate the detail you went into, we would ideally not like to consider FIFO however we're willing to do whatever it fakes over the first couple of years to make it work long term
  25. Warnbro

    Construction industry

    I wouldn't get too carried away with this story if I were you. In comparison to the period 2010 to 2014, these projects are chicken feed. Back then we had all of the Iron Ore and Oil and Gas majors building some of the worlds biggest projects all at the same time. Ports needed expansion, rail networks had to be built. The huge influx of new people created an unprecedented demand for housing and wages went through the roof. Big projects blew out their budgets and a lot of lessons were learned. This is not what is going to happen this time. Of course, there will be job opportunities but they will generally go to those who have done fly in/fly out work before (FIFO). FIFO is a pretty hard game to get into especially since FIFO worker welfare became a major issue. The big miners would rather employ someone who has done it before than take the risk on a newbie. However, every FIFO worker who is currently doing something else, will leave behind a job in Perth. These newly vacated jobs will become easier for a new arrival to walk into.
  26. Warnbro

    Good news for Perth and WA

    Of course this is good news but it won't be anything like what WA experienced a few years ago. These expansions were always coming and anyone in the industry has known about them for years. They are part and parcel of the life cycle of a mine. Build it, get it up and running, expand it. The South Flank project is pretty big though and it will create a fair few FIFO construction opportunities. I'd bet though that most of those jobs will be filled by former resource construction workers who are currently in Perth doing other things.
  27. Vicky87

    Construction industry

    Thanks Jen. Funny enough I saw this earlier and sent it to my husband - exciting news for those in WA and hoping to emigrate shortly.. I'm ready to come over now, hurry up visa!! Lol
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