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    Perth Garden Show

    Being a gardener, I love the Perth Garden Show each year, and when I was there yesterday (it runs Thursday to Sunday this weekend at McCallum Park in South Perth), I thought I would post about it on Perth Poms, as gardening in WA is so very different to gardening in UK and the northern hemisphere. If you want to attend and have Kleenheat Gas, you can buy discounted tickets from their website. There were stalls exhibiting everything from shoes to wear gardening to Metal garden sculptures, and everything in between you can think of from veggies, native plants to roses. Some brilliant exhibition gardens, and talks about gardening, food, growing food, starting a garden from a blank new builders sand block.... so many stalls giving out good advice and having competitions to win their products. Fingers crossed I win the huge bag of Lupin Mulch!! It was a brilliant day out... lots of sitting areas in shade and under trees... lots of food trucks... lots of portaloos. I have been to the Show for the last 5 years and thoroughly enjoy it and just wish it had been going when I first emigrated here in 1991 so I wouldn't have had to learn by disaster and default, how to garden in our harsh climate in what is basically sand, or clay if you are in the Hills. If you are looking for something to do this weekend, perhaps give it a visit.
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    Sending boxes from UK to WA

    Following the death of a family member in UK, I have to ship some boxes of personal effects (and possibly an antique desk), from London to Perth. Does anyone have any recommendations on who to use to facilitate this please?
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    Sending boxes from UK to WA

    Thanks everyone. We have also been recommended to look at Parcel Monkey by Cerberus as he and the family use this method. I will report back once my son has returned to UK and finished the sorting and packing. Not a lot of stuff and the furniture is not now coming, so it is looking like just 3 boxes.
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    Finally its time... We are moving back to Perth

    You will have to give an address to register the vehicle, so if you are in a holiday rental or hotel, you can use that address. I am not sure if you can use a post office box number, so you might want to look into that as well as it could be handy for all your mail to go to a P O Box until you are settled. You can drive on your overseas licence for 3 months from the date of your arrival, so you can leave this until you are more settled. Heaps of info about how to do this on the Department of Transport webpage www.transport.gov.wa.au Good idea to buy a car first as it will save on hire car fees. Plenty of car yards in Osborne Park in the northern suburbs, or look at Gumtree if you know what you are doing car wise. Scary isn't it when you think of all the things that you have to do when you first get here. Just ask away if you need help! You can buy a car without a permanent address and just change the address when you have moved into a rental or purchased a home. You will have to give an address to register the vehicle, so if you are in a holiday rental or hotel, you can use that address. I am not sure if you can use a post office box number, so might want to look into that as well as it could be handy for all your mail to go to a P O Box until you are settled. You can drive on your overseas licence for 3 months from the date of your arrival, so you can leave this until you are more settled. Heaps of info about how to do this on the Department of Transport webpage www.transport.gov.wa.au
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    Have a google as I think there is a website where you can find out for sure if you have British Citizenship and how you acquired it. The rules/laws have changed so much over the years, and although you probably acquired it because you were born of British parents, there could be other things that come into play.
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    Finally its time... We are moving back to Perth

    To register for schools you will need proof that you are in their catchment area. That proof needs to be a tenancy contract if you are renting, or a copy of the settlement contract if you are buying. But it all depends on the areas you are moving to... some are easier than others.
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    Sending boxes from UK to WA

    Thanks I will look into it.
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    Has anyone applied for citizenship lately?

    Yes you are right.... forgot that bit!
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    Has anyone applied for citizenship lately?

    I think you might have to still have an RRV, because until the Ceremony has taken place and you have the Certificate and an Australian Passport, you will not officially be an Australian. It can take months from taking the test to be notified you have passed and then you still have to attend the Citizenship Ceremony. Happened to a friend, so just passing this on in case it applies to you.
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    History of relationship for Partner Visa

    Nothing wrong though in setting out your whole life together. Personal experience with friends who have been through this shows that it is down to the case officer you have as to how far they will go trying to prove the relationship. @aussiebird2012 I don't think you will have a problem. Family friends though, who had been married 3 years, had to suffer the embarrassment of having their house inspected and even their laundry basket gone through to make sure their respective underwear were in the same basket together.... Whilst I get that Immigration need to check every application, this just went way to far in my books. Fortunately the very lovely lady who is married to our family friend, is now an Australian Citizen, but at the party to celebrate her Citizenship, we all talked about the disrespectable intrusions they had gone through to get this far.
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    Sending boxes from UK to WA

    Thanks Stormy. I was looking at that and wondered if they were any good. I will look into it. Rossy
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    January - Good time to move?

    Personally I think the right time to move isn't governed by the calendar so much as how it fits within your family. We made the move in September because it just fitted with the house selling and a short time to activate the visa. We didn't want the expense of activating the visa and going back to UK to sell up and then come back to WA. My children started school a week before the end of the term and they had made friends straight away so they had people to play with during the holidays, and that helped them settle easier. Swings and Roundabouts I suppose!
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    Job availability Perth

    It is very hard to get a job in Australia when you are out of the country. It isn't impossible, but very rare. At the moment, WA has a high unemployment rate and we are currently in an economic downturn. Some economists say there are signs of this changing, but I don't see anything showing that right now in general. Before I retired I worked in the HR field, and my recommendation has always been to literally door knock places you want to work and leave your CV, chat to whoever is employing etc. Often a job can be specialised and they will require Australian experience, but often, knowledge and skills transfer well too. Offering to do work experience can often be a way of getting your foot in the door too. I think you have to be prepared to take a step backwards if it means you get your foot on the ladder, and not expect to get your dream job straight away. Even going so far as to take any job at all just to keep your head above water. Also make sure you have some savings to tide you over for up to 6 months, just in case.
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    i miss lemon n lime bitters

    I have bought Angostura Bitters in the UK as an ingredient for Pink Gin cocktails. It was in a large liquor store in Brighton but cant remember the name of the chain.
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    Looking to move over

    Another thing to bear in mind is that there is a General Election in May of this year, and one of the big issues is that migration needs to be reduced. So if you qualify for a visa, I seriously advise you to start the process as soon as you are able. Historically, 1st July annually is when visas and visa conditions are reviewed and changed, but as I say, being a General Election year, anything could happen. Keep us posted with how you get on.
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    Garden maintenance

    A lot of people here have a lawnmowing contractor on a regular basis and there are many around to choose from, some better than others. Charges are according to size of lawn, suburb and frequency of mowing.
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    Two months in... Nearly!

    Thanks for posting your update. It is always nice to hear how people find the settling in process as it is such a different life to that in UK. Great info in your post too.... I hope your girls are enjoying school too as that always makes the whole process smoother. My children were 5 and 8 when we moved here, but because my parents lived here and we had been previously for long holidays, it wasn't so much of a culture shock for them, and they actually took to the life in Perth very quickly. They are 32 and 35 now and often thank me for bringing them here.... comments usually made after a visit back to the UK to see friends and family!
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    Recommended couriers please!

    I havent used them, but I have heard good reports about Parcel Monkey.
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    Recommendations please for solar company

    Great to hear @pstanton you will not be disappointed with them.
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    Recommendations please for solar company

    I had solar panels fitted in March last year and had spent quite a lot of time researching companies and products. I finally went with Perth Solar Force (they are in Wangarra) as they had been in the business nearly 20 years, did not use contractors and actually came out to quote and spent 2 hours going through the whole process with me and explained in great detail how solar worked. They were also recommended by 3 friends and a neighbour. I could not fault them at all and regularly recommend them. One of the things that really annoyed me when I was contacting companies, was that many of them would not come out to the house for a face to face meeting, and would submit a quote based on a photo of my roof on google maps, and then bombard me with information by email and weren't too keen on answering questions.
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    Has anyone applied for citizenship lately?

    This is about the same timeline for a family friend too. Not long now Bristle!
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    Visa system a joke

    This is so fraught with legal issues. Jase I seriously think you need to consult a Migration Agent about this. Long story short, my son is an Australian Citizen and his partner is a dual Brit/NZ citizen. They have had so many issues trying to lodge an application for her Australian PR...... until we talked to a Migration Agent. Camilla at New Life Down Under, a member on this forum, was very helpful with advice and things are now underway. May I suggest that you PM Camilla through this forum, as she is so very well informed and I am sure will be able to give you good advice. Of course you will have to pay for that advice, but believe me, that is priceless!!
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    Where to live?

    The only advice I can give is that perhaps you need to drive around all suburbs that surround Henderson and see what feels right for you, and then look into schools. There is a lot of new development in the Beelair, Cockburn areas that might be worth checking out.
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    Casual/part time jobs available

    All Backpacker Hostels have message boards which often contain ads for jobs too. Have you looked at our sister site www.pomsinoz.com.au? There is a good forum on there just dedicated to Working Holiday Visa holders and there are often job ads listed on there too.
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    Moving from SA to WA

    Warnbro says it all in his reply above. There are some good schools in those areas too, both state schools and private schools. Let us know if we can help further.