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  1. 11th Aussiversary

    Congratulations on 11 years in this wonderful country Ali and family. I actually could have written that, as your journey has been very much my families experience too. With the exception that I was a newly divorced Mum of two, and was coming to my only relatives, my parents and brother. We have been here 26 years now and whilst it can be a challenge who to support when England and Oz play sports, we feel very much Australian. Australia is what it is, and it most certainly is not UK in the sun. I love the way so many nationalities live side by side and have created this very different place to live. Here's to your next 11 years Ali!!
  2. Recommendations for good cafes SOR

    Thanks Jen. I had brunch at 6 Willows yesterday, which is next to Tiny Tuckshop. Will try that next time.
  3. OK guys.... I need some new cafes to trial... South of the River please.... My fave was Low Quay in Wilson but in the last few months they have lost the plot and I refuse to pay their inflated prices for mediocre food and coffee. Twig and Sparrow in Willetton are brilliant, but I need to spread my custom around, so help me find some good places for brekkie, lunch, coffee.......
  4. WA Forestry Industry?

    I have absolutely no idea about the Forestry Industry in WA as I live in Perth, but have you tried a google to see what that pops up? Bear in mind that WA is in an economic downturn at present too. Are you in WA and do you have a visa that allows you to work?
  5. At a turning point - Not sure what the future holds

    Your situation is one that we hear about often, and usually at this time of year as it is only natural that you miss family and friends at Christmas. It isn't easy to uproot a family and expect it to settle into a new life straight away on the other side of the world from everything you have known, but part of the adventure is to explore other avenues and try new things etc. Have your family been down to Albany and spent any time there? It is a beautiful part of WA and a thriving community, and it might be worth giving it a go down there as a family for a while. Do remember that as adults, you and your wife make the family decisions and rules, so don't let an adolescent over-rule you. By all means take into account their comments and wishes, but don't let your family be hostage to a decision a teenager has made for the whole family. Talking with my "experience" hat on here! As far as making friends is concerned, you have to remember that a lot of your friends in UK you probably made from school, uni, work, neighbours etc. You can't expect to replicate that network quickly or easily, but you can do things to meet people. If you are into sport in any way, join a club - volunteer for a charity - invite your neighbours in for a coffee - chat to people at work..... It does take time to make friends, but it does happen (as the ad says!) Workwise you have to realise that things are done differently in Australia, and in WA particularly for some reason, so you have to step back a bit at times, and I personally found that very hard. One of the worst things you can do is to harp on about how things are done in UK. You don't live in UK now, and people you work with will get a bit cheesed off, and I learned that one the hard way! However, if you really feel that things are not being done well for safety reasons, or perhaps there is a better way financially, you can always couch your comments in such a way that you are suggesting perhaps things might have a better outcome for everyone if XYZ was considered. I feel very much for you and your family and totally understand where you are coming from as this was me at the beginning of my migrant journey 26 years ago. By the time the second year was well under way, I finally began to think that it would all work for us.... and it has. So take a deep breath and keep trying things and just embrace the adventure. No shame on you though if it doesn't work out.
  6. Christmas Day lunch.

    Enjoy your first Ozzie Christmas Jen and family.
  7. Christmas Day lunch.

    Your Christmas Day sounds like mine will Stormy... good company... good food... all spread out ... Happy Christmas to you and Mrs Stormy and the little fluffball.
  8. Christmas Day lunch.

    For the first time for a very long time, I am not cooking Christmas Dinner... but my Son In Law who is a Jamie Oliver clone, is in charge! My son who lives in Queensland cannot get here as he is working over Christmas.... so my SIL decided he would be the Chef de Christmas!!!! This guy is so good in the kitchen and I am happy that he is taking over from me for Christmas dinner. Guessing I might be chief bottle washer though!!!! SIL has Turkey and vegies organised, but I have been requested to provide my stuffing balls as apparently they are the best!!!
  9. GPs on 457 apply for PR ASAP

    Thanks Camilla.... I hope you and your family have a very happy Christmas. Rossy
  10. GPs on 457 apply for PR ASAP

    Thanks for the advice to our members Camilla.
  11. Car Insurance

    I second Arwen's comment above. I have tried a few insurance companies in the 26 years I have lived in WA, but about 15 years ago, I changed all my insurance to RACWA and am very impressed with both their fees and the service. I also like that they are not a company with shareholders to please, and that all money raised by them goes back into WA to further road safety and other issues.
  12. So where do you buy your fruit and veg, dairy, meat? Do you just do one big shop at Coles or Woollies, or do you have some local independent greengrocer or butcher that you use? I am blessed to have a Gilberts store at Southlands Shopping Centre and buy the majority of my fruit, veg, cold meats, cheese etc there. Gilbert is a local guy who sells really good quality products that are mostly Australian produced, and West Australian as much as possible. His prices are always good too. I don't have a particular butcher that I use at the moment though and spread my custom between Leonards as they use Mt Barker organic chicken, my local IGA as they sell Harvey Beef and Linley Valley Pork, which is all ethically farmed, and the Dardanup Butchery Compan ( who raise and butcher all their own meat) when I am down in the Bunbury area and can have a big buy up. I try to use local businesses in everything that I purchase or services I use, so I am always interested to know of good places around Perth that I can investigate.
  13. Registering to teach in WA

    Good advice here... just be advised that to be registered to teach in Australia in any state, you must have a 4 year degree.
  14. autism school -WA-Perth

    Until your child is enrolled in a school, you cannot apply for funds to support your child at the school, as the school has to be involved in the application. It can be a long drawn out process for some reason, so be prepared for a wait. This is the link to the Dept of Education information. Info here about an organisation that supports children with Autism. I am not aware of any specific schools that cater just for children on the Autism Spectrum. Most students seem to be assimilated into mainstream schools, except in severe cases where they attend a special education school that caters for all disabilities.
  15. Who will want to sponsor 457 or 186 applicants next year???

    Good advice Camilla, thanks.
  16. Congratulations..... and good luck with the job hunting!
  17. what are you doing at this moment

    Having a hot strong coffee before starting to redecorate the bathroom. Been working up to this for months and today is the day!
  18. British Passport for our baby born in Oz

    As your baby was born in Australia, it has Australian Citizenship, and as such has to hold an Australian passport to leave and re-enter Australia. Friends had this situation recently and the evidence of Citizenship was dealt with quickly and passport issued within a 5 weeks timeframe. I would advise that you set the wheels in motion asap.
  19. Bumping for you Camilla
  20. I am looking for recommendations for somewhere to stay in early February that is beachside, somewhere in the south west from Bunbury to Margaret River. A good friend is coming to WA from UK on a 2 month holiday and wants to spend her "60th birthday" down that way on a beach. I always stay with friends or family when I head that way, so have no idea what is on offer or what is good. I have been looking at some Airbnb places, hotels, tourist parks etc and have absolutely idea what is good or bad.... so HELP! I have been tasked with finding the holiday venue and would hate to book something not good..... I would hate to stuff up this big holiday for my friend - so no pressure at all on me!!!

    It isn't far from you either..... let us know what you think of it.

    I have shopped in their Jandakot store at times and whilst I found their prices good, I wasn't too impressed overall with the quality of fresh produce. Some was good, some wasn't. I guess if you are a big family and buying large quantities, Spudshed would be the way to go. I only shop for one so Spudshed is a bit overkill for me, but totally get why families shop there.

    I visited friends in Carramar yesterday and they needed to food shop so we ended up at Drovers on Waneroo Road. OH MY! The fruit and veg there was good value, as was the bakers, but then we went into the butcher section...... I was blown away at the quality, choice and price of meat....!!! I will be back with an eski next time I visit this end of town... so amazing. I bought a few odd things that I could use but the prices were amazing and I wish I lived closer to this place.
  24. Dairy products and water

    Lots of choice with both really. I drink tap water and the majority of the time it is OK, although I do use a Brita Filter Jug now and again when it begins to taste a bit metalic. I also buy sparkling mineral water as I like a bit of phizz now and again. Milk wise, I hate all those psuedo skimmed and semi milk products and will only use the full cream natural stuff. I am also a bit anal about using WA home produced products, so I only ever buy Bannister Downs Milk products as they are a West Australian Family Dairy and their milk tastes just as it used to years ago. So many of the milk companies in WA and Australia now have foreign ownership, and I like to keep my money in WA where it is earned and support family business.
  25. If you are travelling to Bull Creek Station from either Bateman, Bull Creek,Brentwood, Rossmoyne or Willetton, bear in mind that the carparks at Bull Creek and South St Stations will be full up by 7.30am, so you might need to consider walking or using bus transport to catch your train. There are of course routes through these suburbs that do not touch Leach Highway, South St or the Freeway. Google maps doesn't always get it right, so you might like to have a look at an old fashioned road directory to work out a route.