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Topic: Best place in Australia!

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  1. 150lashes
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    7 April 2016

    Good evening

    Just wondering what peoples thoughts are on the best places to work and raise a family in Australia?

    By best, I'm referring to localities that provide a good framework for staying well, healthy, as well as ability to source good employment and opportunities for a family.

    Cheers :-)

  2. geoff
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    8 April 2016 in reply to 150lashes
    hi 150Lashes, well I moved out of Melbourne to the country and would never live back there, because now I can go to an appointment within 10 minutes, go shopping and do whatever I want to do in such a little time, no parking hassles, no long queues with all the facilities available, renting or buying is cheaper and easy access to transport. Geoff.
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    8 April 2016 in reply to 150lashes

    Hi 150

    I have to echo Geoffs advice here. Country is the way to go. I am near Melbourne but its way too frantic for me nowadays. Real Estate is great value for money too. Cleaner air....where do I stop? I will be re-locating in the near future to improve my health.

    Cheers

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  4. pvroom
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    I have to agree, we moved from inner city Melb to Geelong just 3 months ago! We are loving it. So much more relaxing, but it still has all the cafes and shops. My parents in law are from much more country, further out, and they find Geelong busy haha!
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    8 April 2016 in reply to pvroom

    Hey 150/PVroom

    I wish I was in Geelong!...I have a beautiful home in the Southern Subs of Melb and the freeways..Monash etc are getting more congested everyday. I built here 25 years ago when I was 30 and its way too frantic now. I have been having a look at Beech Forest. I was a kid living in Horsham and I do miss the country.

    Time to have a 'huddle' with my Chow Chow Shepard Cross and look at quality of life now:-)

    Hey 150! What are your thoughts?

    Kindest Thoughts

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  6. 150lashes
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    8 April 2016 in reply to blondguy

    Hey thanks all for your responses!

    I'm in Sydney so looking for something more relaxed but good employment opportunities and schools for the kids.

    Just not sure what work we would find in the country?

    What's Canberra like? Anyone know.

    I do like the sea/Coast but again not sure about opportunities

    Thanks :-)

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    8 April 2016 in reply to 150lashes

    Hey 150!

    People sandbag the ACT because its 'boring'. I have been through Canberra a few times on business and its like a huge country (regional) city. The housing is more than affordable and the community is a caring one. There is a sense of peace/tranquility about it. There is no 'rush hour' like Sydney/Melb...It is a beautiful and peaceful place to live with much better job prospects than a country town.

    And the lowest crime rate in Australia :-) A truly peaceful and modern small city without the 'stress' and 'urgency' of Melbourne or Sydney.

    And 150...the coast is not that very far away for holidays with the family either!

    A very clean and peaceful small city with great people....Family orientated...Just my humble opinion 150...It would be my second choice at 8/10...

    Hope this helps...

    Paul

  8. 150lashes
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    8 April 2016 in reply to blondguy

    Thanks Paul

    Appreciate the run down.

    I may look further into it. I'm sure the housing prices can't be as ridiculous as here!

    It's interesting isn't it?!.. I wouldn't have even been contemplating moving if I hadn't become Unwell. How things change.. One thing leads to another and so forth.

    Thanks again :-)

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    8 April 2016 in reply to 150lashes

    No worries 150....I wish..should have etc made the move years ago. I still have people there I know and they love it...I find it interesting that the radio guys really trash Canberra..But in reality its a gorgeous place to live..Now that you have reminded me of the ACT I do miss the relaxed pace of the people and their community :-)

    I am not very well....the days of me bolting around Melbourne (or Sydney for that matter) have gone..I will care for myself and my daughter now and I dont think corporate Australia will even bat an eyelid when we re-locate.

    Productive thread topic 150.....and thankyou for the reminder I need to ensure myself a better quality of life!

    Paul :-)

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  10. 150lashes
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    9 April 2016 in reply to blondguy

    Hey Paul

    I think it's great to acknowledge that's it's time to look after yourself and your daughter, and to make decisions which will facilitate that.

    For me thus whole thing has been an eye opener, where I am now more aware that lifestyle can and does certainly impact on health and well-being.

    I had two job offers last week (head hunted) and declined both. One would have been a toxic environment and the other involved too much travel with young kids. The old me would have jumped at these opportunities. Now I'm really thinking about what's suitable and what's not.

    I do feel that relocating mah provide a better overall lifestyle for my family. It's also an opportunity to start fresh which I'm drawn to as well.

    Take care Paul and I hope you're feeling better today too :-)

  11. pvroom
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    9 April 2016 in reply to 150lashes

    Canberra is beautiful. I love it! Around Batesman Bay, Moruya is nice too, on the coast. Not sure about $$$ but has to be more affordable.

    Paul - yes Geelong is great. We were eastern suburbs and the congestion is just too much now as you've mentioned. We live about 5 mins drive from the geelong bypass so it's just 1 hour to melbourne, or even a bit less

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    10 April 2016 in reply to 150lashes

    I've lived in Canberra for 22 years and love it, wouldn't live anywhere else. I raised my kids here and can't speak highly enough of the schools, the sports facilities, availability of cultural activities, open spaces ... I could talk about the benefits of Canberra for days.

    And hey! Thanks Paul, pvroom and others for the nice things you said about it! Many people put Canberra down because they confuse it with what goes on with the politicians etc, but the city itself and the people who live here are fabulous. Very family friendly.

    Nice thing too is that a lot of people who make Canberra home move here from somewhere else (because of public service jobs etc) so there isn't that culture of having to live in the place for decades to be considered a local, which you find in a lot of country towns.

    It's certainly not as expensive as Sydney, but it's not cheap either. There's a website called allhomes (google) for Canberra real estate that will give you an idea of house prices. Thing is though, while it's not cheap, you do get a much better quality house for your money than you would for the same price in Sydney or Melbourne.

    Barry Humphries once described Canberra as only two hours from somewhere interesting. LOL! I find Canberra itself interesting, but I think there's merit in what he said - it's only a couple of hours from the beautiful south coast for summer breaks, or from the Snowy Mountains for winter sloshing about in snow, or from Sydney for a dose of big city buzz.

    You might have gathered ... I love it here!

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    10 April 2016 in reply to Kazzl

    Hey 150, I meant to ask - what kind of employment would you be looking for? Canberra is still very much a government town, but more and more the private sector is opening up new opportunities, as you'd expect in a small city. Let me know your thinking and I'll see if I can tell you anything useful.

    Cheers

    Kaz

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    10 April 2016 in reply to Kazzl

    Interesting thread. I don't think there is an ïdeal"place as everyone has different needs & wants. A few years ago we moved due to my husband's condition. The block of land & surrounding area was no longer safe because he was blind. While planning the move we wrote out a list of what was essential for us & based our property search on this list. We chose to live in the outer suburbs close to a train station to make it easy to get into the city for specialist medical appointments. We also chose to remain close to some family members.

    If you are considering moving to an area you are unfamiliar with perhaps go there for a short holiday to get to know the area prior to committing yourself.

    As can be seen by this thread each person has made different choices because their needs or wants are different but I recommend the writing a list of what is important to you as & your family & then checking out potential choices against the list. Obviously my list of priorities would be very different to other people's.

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    10 April 2016 in reply to Elizabeth CP

    Hey 150 :-)

    Thanks for posting back! Starting fresh is always a great motive especially considering the lifestyle you are after to benefit not only yourself but your family...You are a great dad:-)

    Kindly Yours

    Paul :-)

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  16. 150lashes
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    10 April 2016 in reply to Kazzl

    Thanks Kaz - that sounds positive!

    I'm a qualified accountant, but recently moved more into business management. So either/or field would be suitable.

    Will start some research :-)

  17. 150lashes
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    10 April 2016 in reply to blondguy

    Thanks Paul!

    I'm a mum ;-)

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    10 April 2016 in reply to 150lashes

    oh my....I feel like an idiot....lol.....thankyou for the reality check 150....Its like I mention to my 23 year old daughter that sms's can be misinterpreted.....oh dear...I am getting smaller and ...just ..fading away....into....the nearest...corner....and hide...doh!

    Paul x

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  19. 150lashes
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    10 April 2016 in reply to blondguy

    Haha

    It gave me a good giggle! And that's a great thing as I'm not feeling too flash tonight, so thank you :-)

    Hope you're doing well Paul!

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    11 April 2016 in reply to 150lashes

    Thank god 150...for your forgiveness and I am happy that I made you have a giggle too :-) I have only been on here since Jan 5 this year so I am a still a newbie. I was meant to be starting work on the 18th Jan and my directors sent me a sms on Friday the 15th saying that they wished to have my thoughts about which direction we should proceed in 2016...and that they were coming over to discuss it...no problem....

    When they came around they made me redundant and asked for the ipad...laptop...vehicle keys...privileged/confidential info etc...I just gave it all to them.

    I live in melb have over 30 years as a senior technical manager. I dont really care a great deal about the lieutenant bars on my shoulders anymore a but I dont like feeling as isolated as I am with my depression. Where there is a will there is a way :-)

    Phew! Thankyou 150 for letting me have a good vent!

    My Kind Thoughts

    Paul

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    11 April 2016 in reply to 150lashes

    Hi 150

    I just sent you a post having a good vent about depression....I do hope you receive it soon...even tomorrow later today would be nice when it comes through.

    Nice to have a giggle

    Paul x

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    11 April 2016 in reply to 150lashes

    Hi again 150 , thought I'd let you know about job websites. For the federal public sector, jobs are advertised on www.apsjobs.gov.au and for the ACT government it's www.jobs.act.gov.au. Most private sector jobs are on Seek, but you could also sign up with the many employment agencies in town. If you google employment agencies Canberra you'll find them. Two of the bigger ones are Hudsons, and Hays.

    Good luck!!

  23. 150lashes
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    2 May 2016 in reply to blondguy

    Hey Paul

    How are you? Hope you are well!

    Sorry for bailing out on the conversation a few weeks ago.

    My son has been really unwell and we are now trialling a medication which has side effects.

    As for myself I'm ok just a bit down that someone who cared and was helping me out now doesn't seem to give a hoot and seems to be avoiding me.. I don't have the patience for fake people.

    Anyway take care

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    3 May 2016 in reply to 150lashes

    Hey 150!

    Great to see you :-) I do hope your son is okay though...I have just posted on your new thread about your friend that has gone quiet on you....I hope I wasn't being too generalized.

    I hope your son does well on his new meds and you have some better times ahead 150

    Kind Thoughts for you

    Paulx

  25. 150lashes
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    4 May 2016 in reply to blondguy
    Thank you :-)
  26. pvroom
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    13 May 2016 in reply to 150lashes
    Sorry to hear you've been having a tough top 150lashes, I wanted to say, I had an idea about a year ago to create a website for people looking for a tree/sea change out of a major city and this thread spurred me on to keep working on it. I'll share the link when its done!
  27. Magyarok
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    The best place in Australia for me is anywhere out in the bush just me and my swag by myself. No people no worries!
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