Adelaide - trip report

Old Sep 18th 2002, 8:17 am
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I'm sitting in an IT company now, just after they have given me my
letter of appointment. Earning 49500 per year. Tax is about 30%. I get
just over $3000 per month out cash.

Rent for a 2 bedroom townhouse/semi-detached is from $170 to $240 per
week. $170 is fine for most people. All are clean and neat and looked
after. Comming from South africa, there just are no bad areas here. So
save the money. This is all close to the city. 15km out you get a 3
room house for $195 per week. It's very distance form city centric.

The city is small. Like East London. No buildings tower up. No
traffic. Can't drive longer than 30mins at any time! Very cycle
friendly too. Lots of cycle lanes.

Very safe. Single women walking all over at night. Cars left all over
the street and nothing gets it's wheels taken off!

Very quiet. Shops close at lunch on Saturday and open on Monday.
Forget Sunday. Resturants close at 8pm!

Very empty. Just no crowds. Only 1mil people in the city. Nothing like
JHB.

Sports mad. South Africa is a joke in terms of football crazy,
although here it's all Aussie Rules stuff. Sort of rugby without
rules!

Weather is like Cape Town.

Most houses have aircon built in. Most are old - the whole style of
the city is old, like stone houses from the turn of the century.
Wooden floors etc. They build with wood and boarding too now. It's
like the centre of Pretoria city, just very very clean and quiet and
empty.

Lots of resturants. Heaps. Very big cafe and window shopping culture.
No malls. Rows of shops down streets. Little shops next to each other.
No big centres.

Bluegum trees all over. The plants and weather are exactly the same as
Gauteng SA.

Will post more when I get back.

Remember, the government has a scheme to give you a meet/pickup at the
airport when you move, and 3 months cheap accomodation to get settled.
Look it up. This place really spemds its tax well. You get benefits
form day 1 if you have kids! Everything is to help people.

Went with a guy to renew his drivers license. Took under 5 mins,
including parking in the middle of the city.

Cheers
 
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[QUOTE][SIZE=1]Originally posted by Joe Fish:

Hi, good to hear your report.

We are hoping to come to Adelaide in the new year. Waiting to hear about PR application at the moment. It's been 12 months so far.

Adelaides our favourite place for all the reasons you mention. We've been over 3 times. We have friends north of the city and that is where we would settle.

It would be great to hear more about real life over there.
Regards
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Old Sep 18th 2002, 3:00 pm
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Jo

We are hoping to get to Adelaide Feb/Mar '03 so found your report very interesting. All the things that you have said have further convinced me that I really want to be there - can't wait.

Look forward to seeing further posts from you in the future.

Rgds,
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Originally posted by Joe Fish:
I'm sitting in an IT company now, just after they have given me my
letter of appointment. Earning 49500 per year. Tax is about 30%. I get
just over $3000 per month out cash.

Hi Joe
Congratulations!

Just how hard was it to get your IT job in Adelaide?
Adelaide sounds so nice (we're coming over next year for a look see), but I've heard that there are real problems finding work

Cheers,
Caroline
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Old Sep 18th 2002, 6:41 pm
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[email protected] (Joe Fish) wrote in message
news:<[email protected] com>...
    > I'm sitting in an IT company now, just after they have given me my
    > letter of appointment. Earning 49500 per year. Tax is about 30%. I get
    > just over $3000 per month out cash.
    > Rent for a 2 bedroom townhouse/semi-detached is from $170 to $240 per
    > week. $170 is fine for most people. All are clean and neat and looked
    > after. Comming from South africa, there just are no bad areas here. So
    > save the money. This is all close to the city. 15km out you get a 3
    > room house for $195 per week. It's very distance form city centric.
    > The city is small. Like East London. No buildings tower up. No
    > traffic. Can't drive longer than 30mins at any time! Very cycle
    > friendly too. Lots of cycle lanes.
    > Very safe. Single women walking all over at night. Cars left all over
    > the street and nothing gets it's wheels taken off!
    > Very quiet. Shops close at lunch on Saturday and open on Monday.
    > Forget Sunday. Resturants close at 8pm!
    > Very empty. Just no crowds. Only 1mil people in the city. Nothing like
    > JHB.
    > Sports mad. South Africa is a joke in terms of football crazy,
    > although here it's all Aussie Rules stuff. Sort of rugby without
    > rules!
    > Weather is like Cape Town.
    > Most houses have aircon built in. Most are old - the whole style of
    > the city is old, like stone houses from the turn of the century.
    > Wooden floors etc. They build with wood and boarding too now. It's
    > like the centre of Pretoria city, just very very clean and quiet and
    > empty.
    > Lots of resturants. Heaps. Very big cafe and window shopping culture.
    > No malls. Rows of shops down streets. Little shops next to each other.
    > No big centres.
    > Bluegum trees all over. The plants and weather are exactly the same as
    > Gauteng SA.
    > Will post more when I get back.
    > Remember, the government has a scheme to give you a meet/pickup at the
    > airport when you move, and 3 months cheap accomodation to get settled.
    > Look it up. This place really spemds its tax well. You get benefits
    > form day 1 if you have kids! Everything is to help people.
    > Went with a guy to renew his drivers license. Took under 5 mins,
    > including parking in the middle of the city.
    > Cheers



Hi Joe


That is a great discription. Paints a picture that we can relate to.
Thanks now I can say I know what to expect of Adelaide. Do you have
your PR visa ?
Great stuff tohave the security of a job.
Please post moreif you think ofmore when you get back,


Thanks
Jenny
 
Old Sep 19th 2002, 11:39 am
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    > Jo
    > We are hoping to get to Adelaide Feb/Mar '03 so found your report very
    > interesting. All the things that you have said have further convinced
    > me that I really want to be there - can't wait.
    > Look forward to seeing further posts from you in the future.
    > Rgds,
    > icy

Adelaide is a fantastic place,I've lived here (30 mins south of the city)
and would not change it for the world ;-)


Russell


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Old Sep 19th 2002, 12:17 pm
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Russell, We'd love tohave your experiences of living in Adelaide in my new email list, Ozemigrate.
If you're interested in joining, please send an email to:
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Old Sep 23rd 2002, 8:24 am
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The problem with Adelaide is that it really is a backwater, if you
compare it to Sydney (or so people tell me - never been there). I
think work will be harder to get, since there is little in terms of
big companies there. The salaries are lower, a lot lower - in IT
expect to be 10k below the lowest rung for your job on a salary
survey. However, accomodation is cheaper. Everything is cheaper, by
50% at least. I knew the IT company in South Africa, and approached
the Aus headquarters - it was a lot easier that way, and they were far
more willing to talk to me as the locals could deal with the first
interview, and also provide references. They check references. On the
last day there, they chased me out and phoned SA to ask about me. All
this after about 6 interviews and spending 3 days in their building!

In general, contact companies directly. Look at the news - if
companies merge they may take people on. Thats what has happened to
me.

I saw only 2 job ads for IT while I was there. Plenty for nursing.
they are protesting due to bed closures due to lack of staff.
 
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Hiya,

Just got my visa for Adelaide and looking for info. so thanks for this. Read a lot of negative stuff about living is Oz and was beginning to wonder what I was letting myself in for!

Steve.

Originally posted by Joe Fish
I'm sitting in an IT company now, just after they have given me my
letter of appointment. Earning 49500 per year. Tax is about 30%. I get
just over $3000 per month out cash.

Rent for a 2 bedroom townhouse/semi-detached is from $170 to $240 per
week. $170 is fine for most people. All are clean and neat and looked
after. Comming from South africa, there just are no bad areas here. So
save the money. This is all close to the city. 15km out you get a 3
room house for $195 per week. It's very distance form city centric.

The city is small. Like East London. No buildings tower up. No
traffic. Can't drive longer than 30mins at any time! Very cycle
friendly too. Lots of cycle lanes.

Very safe. Single women walking all over at night. Cars left all over
the street and nothing gets it's wheels taken off!

Very quiet. Shops close at lunch on Saturday and open on Monday.
Forget Sunday. Resturants close at 8pm!

Very empty. Just no crowds. Only 1mil people in the city. Nothing like
JHB.

Sports mad. South Africa is a joke in terms of football crazy,
although here it's all Aussie Rules stuff. Sort of rugby without
rules!

Weather is like Cape Town.

Most houses have aircon built in. Most are old - the whole style of
the city is old, like stone houses from the turn of the century.
Wooden floors etc. They build with wood and boarding too now. It's
like the centre of Pretoria city, just very very clean and quiet and
empty.

Lots of resturants. Heaps. Very big cafe and window shopping culture.
No malls. Rows of shops down streets. Little shops next to each other.
No big centres.

Bluegum trees all over. The plants and weather are exactly the same as
Gauteng SA.

Will post more when I get back.

Remember, the government has a scheme to give you a meet/pickup at the
airport when you move, and 3 months cheap accomodation to get settled.
Look it up. This place really spemds its tax well. You get benefits
form day 1 if you have kids! Everything is to help people.

Went with a guy to renew his drivers license. Took under 5 mins,
including parking in the middle of the city.

Cheers
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Originally posted by Joe Fish
Remember, the government has a scheme to give you a meet/pickup at the
airport when you move, and 3 months cheap accomodation to get settled.
Look it up. This place really spemds its tax well. You get benefits
form day 1 if you have kids! Everything is to help people.
Havent heard of this before.

Any web references on this?
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by mashiraz
[SIZE=1]Originally posted by Joe Fish:

Hi, good to hear your report.

We are hoping to come to Adelaide in the new year. Waiting to hear about PR application at the moment. It's been 12 months so far.

Adelaides our favourite place for all the reasons you mention. We've been over 3 times. We have friends north of the city and that is where we would settle.

It would be great to hear more about real life over there.
Regards
Mash...
Hi Mash,

We're hoping to receive our visa sometime this week and have the house up for sale today. We're off to Adelaide hopefully in September / October. Our friends, the Bleggy's (see their posts) are hoping to be there same time as us, but Mr Bleggy has a wait with the X-rays - Bummer!

They rave about NE Adelaide especially Gawler which is where they intend to go. We've studied maps etc and seem to think that Stirling and Burnside areas look good but have'nt been to see. My wife's aunty lives in Darlington (South Ade.) and she gave us info on lots of places, but not the North-East. As you and Bleggy both say its beautful, can you give us some more info?

It seems we may be there before you or Bleggy so we won't have you to rely on for last minute info!

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we're looking to be able to validate around then too..


maybe hook up there somewhere..?

cheers

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gawler looks a tad remote..
what's it like for a stuck at home mum??

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Originally posted by greenwayb
Havent heard of this before.

Any web references on this?
Hi

This link will take you to info on the Meet and Greet service


http://www.immigration.sa.gov.au/site/index.cfm


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Originally posted by r.bartlett
we're looking to be able to validate around then too..


maybe hook up there somewhere..?

cheers

richard

Certainly!

Will Mrs Barlett be housewife then? My wife will try to get some work fairly quickly because we're concious that it will be easy for me to integrate at work etc, but if she's stuck in the house, it will be more difficult for her. We want a house thats semi-rural with plenty of land, but we also need to make sure we have a community around us for the same reason.

What type of visa do you have and what business / trade?
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