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July 2009 Blog Posts (23)

Just gettin started.

Hi, we are just about to start the visa process. Can anyone tell my if using an agent is beneficial, if so how and how much does this cost as an average. Also does it speed up the process?

Added by DEBORAH JAYNE FRADLEY on July 30, 2009 at 11:50 — 2 Comments


Well know Aussie band "Men at Work", famous for their 80's hit 'Down Under', that we all danced to way back then, are in danger of losing royalties from the well know hit. They are being sued for copywrite infringement and have been accused of stealing the famous flute riff from a well know Australian childrens song 'Kookaburra Sits in The Old Gum Tree', which was written over 75 years ago for a Girl Guides competition.A copywrite hearing is to be held in the Federal Court.

Added by Aoife McGee on July 30, 2009 at 4:28 — No Comments

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Recently I started a business that creates products from recycled material. We use all kinds of things from clothing to leftover wood. Any way I was researching the net for services that would help me promote my business with out costing me anything. I found several other businesses that promised you the world and then charged you for the country! I sell products from our site on etsy, craigslist, ebay, and so on and you all know that if your not on the top or on top of the game your not going… Continue

Added by cyndi on July 29, 2009 at 20:48 — No Comments


Where have all the 1940s children gone? © Keith H. Burgess. Where have all the children gone who used to play cowboys and Indians, Davy Crocket and Daniel Boone? Those were the days of high adventure; the Daniel Boone craze on black and white TV. The days when the Hudson Bay Company were still hiring men and boys from England and Scotland and we didn’t even know it!

What happened to those children of adventure, of coonskin hats and rubber…

Added by Le Loup on July 28, 2009 at 21:31 — No Comments



Living History is the re-creation of another time period in the present. It is more than a fancy-dress costume party, somewhat more than experimental archaeology, and more than camping in primitive shelter on Historical Treks. Living History is a subculture in which participants immerse themselves.

Living Historians re-create many different eras. You might have heard of folks who re-create the American Civil War, the American War of…

Added by Le Loup on July 28, 2009 at 21:24 — No Comments

Removal Companies

Anyone got any recommendations for removal companies ( Yorkshire to Brisbane )?

Were hoping to move October time and have had a few quotes but would be good to know from anyone with firts hand experience.

Added by steven keast on July 28, 2009 at 17:18 — 4 Comments

Joy ... deep joy

Well, we got the house valued last week .. and were shocked to find that it was worth £20k less than what we'd marked as our lower limit.

Not that it will stop the move, but it makes things a bit harder and cash a bit tighter.

Just need to get that lottery win instead.

Added by John on July 28, 2009 at 15:44 — No Comments

Recommendations for pet transport


Can anyone actually recommend a company to use for pet transport from the UK to Oz? Or conversely, any experience of any companies good or bad.

We are looking to take our cat however she is extremely nervous and would like some reassurance that she will be well looked after.

Thanks, Mhorag

Added by Mhorag on July 26, 2009 at 13:41 — 3 Comments

Careers Advice

Hi, we have recently submitted my partners documents for a skills assessment and are now waiting, waiting, waiting! It's been a complicated process for us as he is self employed and it's been difficult to evidence skills. Our Plan A is to get the skills assessment and then go for a Skills Migration visa as his stuff is on the CSL. We'll also start trying for employer sponsorship at that point -we've got friends who can hopefully help with this if their economy starts to recover.

We… Continue

Added by Nicky on July 26, 2009 at 10:51 — 4 Comments

Immigration Company in Receivership

I don't know if there is anyone out there that is in our predicament but we was using four corners immigration to help is get down under and now they have advised that they are in administration, what next??
I have contacted a few other agents but was wondering what everyone else has decided to do??

I feel that we are going backwards not forwards..

Added by Paul Marsden on July 20, 2009 at 10:33 — 1 Comment

Doggie Day Out

I had a happy but tired pooch this morning, after spending a couple of hours at a dog friendly beach at Rowland Reserve, Bayview on Sydneys Northern Beaches. It's one of the few beaches where your wo(man)s best friend can run free, kick up some sand and have a ball!

Its a wonderfully scenic setting, with the fantastic Flying Fox Playground nearby to keep the kids amused while you sit down in the Flying Fox Cafe for a well earned coffee or a bite to eat and a bowl of water for your… Continue

Added by Aoife McGee on July 19, 2009 at 13:59 — No Comments

We've got a visa!!

Hi! Well, it's finally happened - we have a visa! The process, for us, hasn't been too long or too difficult, just needed a lot of keeping track of... BUT now that we have a visa, the continent is looking bigger and bigger and so much choice. So what I'd like your advice on is where is your top choice to set up home?

We are a family of 4 with a son aged 13 and a daughter aged 12. Hubby is an accountant and I am a teaching assistant. We love the outdoors, the beach and we're all… Continue

Added by Lisa Foster on July 17, 2009 at 23:17 — 4 Comments


Our dream is to go and live in Australia and we started the process in August 2007. We got our visas in May 2008 and instead of putting our house up straight away left it a bit and then we hit the recession! We had to go out to Melbourne in April this year to validate visas or we would have lost them. We are a family of 4 but children are grown up and our son is starting 2nd year of uni this Sep and will come out when he finishes. Daughter is 23 and doesn't want to come at the moment but we are… Continue

Added by Lesley Jennings on July 17, 2009 at 9:42 — 6 Comments

A Winter's Tale.

18th century Historical Trekking-A Winter’s Tale. By Keith H. Burgess © I left alone early in the morning with the frost still on the ground. Before leaving I loaded my fusil just in case I should need it. I started north following the wilderness trail until I reached Pilot’s Rock at the head of Hazard Valley, so named for a close friend who died some years ago. His Living History persona was that of Arthur Hazard, but his real name was Arthur William Baker. From Pilot’s Rock I moved steeply… Continue

Added by Le Loup on July 17, 2009 at 0:30 — No Comments

Looking for friends to talk to


As you may have seen in our first blog we are planning on moving to Cairns.

So we are hoping to frind people either already living their or people planning the same move to chat to.

Hope to hear from someone soon..........

Kind regards

Doug & Kate

Added by Douglas N Mclaren on July 16, 2009 at 19:01 — 1 Comment

Changing a job choice


We are couple looking to move to Cairns, I currently work in a motorcyle dealership and my partner is a vet nurse.

My partner plans to continue this course of work but I would like to change.... I am currently studying a Marine Biology degree and will have it completed by the time we leave the UK.

I am hoping someone can give me some information on how hard it maybe to change job prospects and try to secure and job with the Marine Biology sector?

And… Continue

Added by Douglas N Mclaren on July 16, 2009 at 18:58 — No Comments

Going to Sydney

my husband, myself & my 5 month old are off too Sydney on 8th September, for a year - very exciting!! But so much to do! Although it's against my husband's nature I would have 'winged it' & just packed my bags & gone in September, but with a little baby I have to be a bit more organised about the whole thing, hence so much to do!!

My first thing I am going to do this week is investigate short term rented accomodation, however it seems to be so much more expensive than I… Continue

Added by Cam on July 15, 2009 at 16:05 — No Comments


I was wondering if anyone else feels they are in limbo because of the recession. We obtained our visa,s a couple of months ago, however we need to rent our house out in Scotland before we go.There was interest the first few weeks now there is absolutely no interest what so ever. Luckily my job offer still stands as I am going across on a 457 visa, but it still remains a fact we can't go untill the house is rented.So here we are JUST WAITING.......... If any one else is in this position drop me… Continue

Added by Kelly on July 14, 2009 at 10:55 — 8 Comments


I am a carpenter trying to get state sponsorship from W.A. To do this i need to give details of professional contacts, does anybody know any carpenters in the Perth area who would let me use their details, i do not need a job offer just show that i have contacts in carpenty. Thanks for any help. Daren

Added by Daren Keith Rook on July 13, 2009 at 19:17 — No Comments

Emigrating to Victoria, Australia

I have just been reading the Ascroft family's story about emigrating to Perth. Like them - myself and my husband (Billy) have 3 children. Sarah the oldest is 15, Steven 13 and Callum 7. The problem is my oldest at 15 is refusing to contemplate Australia!! If anyone out there, including the Ascrofts have any hints to help her come round to the idea, I would be extremely grateful.

Added by Catherine Bryans on July 8, 2009 at 9:00 — 5 Comments

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