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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Best suburbs to raise a family in Melbourne

After moving to Australia some time ago I did some research on Melbourne in varoious places on the net - forums, blogs, answers.

Here is what I found 

Middle suburbs would probably be good - ones that do come down a bit in price because they are that little bit more out distance wise (approx 10 -15kms) These are not as expensive as the inner suburbs.
Places like Balaclava, Oakleigh, Murrumbeena, Carnegie, Malvern East, Ashburton, Moorabbin, Cheltenham(these are all on the South Eastern side of the city).
The closer you get to the beaches the more it will cost. All of the above are on train lines and about 15-20 minutes by train from city or same by car.
It depends on whether you want to buy, rent, and if the schools are to be government or private.
Of course the suburbs that have the good government schools are usually a lot more expensive.
Some other lady said
We have three young children and live in Ormond / McKinnon.  This is on the train line with great access to the city, its 5 to 10 minutes to the beach, there are outdoor pools and is also only 15 minutes from great shopping at Chadstone or Southland.
Our children are 9, 7 and 1 and we have found the public schools in the area to be excellent, there are also many good private schools. We have been away for 3 years and are returning there next week. Across the Nepean Highway to the Bayside suburbs of Brighton, Sandringham and Hampton the real estate prices are significantly higher. 
someone else - 
Southbank is definitely my recommendation! It is only a ten minute walk to the city, it has excellent public transport (tram, bus and train), the road cafes are great and  the casino and Yarra river are nearby.
Another gent gave this review
Sought after is around the East, South and Southeast side, so this pushes up the price of the properties on those sides are pretty expensive. The inner suburbs are older houses, these are pretty dense and small, with hugely expensive prices due to their closeness to the CBD. 
I used to live in Collingwood and Clifton Hill (the inner suburbs) with my parents. Then got married in 2000 and started looking for our own place. The obvious path will be to look around the area that I have always lived in. However after searching for some time we realized that with our budget of about $300K, we could only find a run-down house that we would need to renovate extensively. We were looking further and further towards East and South East area, until we reached Rowville and felt that it had become ridiculously too far, not to mention the peak-hour traffic report that you usually hear from the radio on the M1. 
We finally found Point Cook, west of Melbourne. It is about 20 minutes from the city via the Westgate Freeway with plenty of new estates being opened, affordable prices, close to the sea and infrastructure that is aimed at young families. Just  have a look yourself if you are interested to find out.
Another insight
The flat newly developed (and industrial) areas are in the north and west. East and south east are the better areas with better living areas and life styles. What it comes down to is that cheaper areas are western and northern burbs which tend to be more industrialized. Nicer areas tend to be a little more expensive but worth the cleaner areas. Mind you some of the inner suburban areas are very expensive for a small dingy terrace house.
A differing opinion
Melbourne is NOT the world's most liveable city at all ! How arrogant is that ?? It's the best Aussie has got and that is thanks to the multiculturals. I've lived there for 4 years and know it very well. The older western inner suburbs are good like Nth Melbourne and Brunswick or older parts of St Kilda in the other direction. There are many nice inner suburbs around and also Yarraville over the bay is a very quaint old area. There is no escaping the hyped prices now on property unless you want to buy a crappy oversized legoland house on a muddy subsiding outer suburb scheme, which you should steer well clear of. Also, that Docklands is a nightmare c o c k up so I would forget that too. It is a hideous mess. I also hope you get used to the world worst rude drivers ! Go

One lady resident born and bred
I grew up in Glen Huntly and I loved living there as it was close to nice leafy suburbs like Caulfield and Bentleigh. When my husband and I purchased our first place we chose Cheltenham as we could not afford to buy into Glen Huntly/Caulfield. After living here for 2 years I can honestly say that it would be one of the best places in melbourne to live. We are right next to trains, Southland shopping centre, good schools, cafe's, beach, a major highway and every other amenity you could think of (including an excellent bulk billing medical centre that is open until 10pm every day). All this only 19k from Melbourne CBD. We have now purchased our second home in Highett and I am thrilled to be staying in the area. 
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BrightonExpensive area – its one of Melbourne's top suburbs
Beaumaris,Nice family area – close to beach / golf courses / Westfield Southland
BoroniaFull of bogans – relatively close to Knox City Shopping Centre
Dandenong.Even more bogans.
Brighton & Dandenong are worlds apart in terms of location and cost of living –
Another

righton is one of the most expensive suburbs in Melbourne; similarly livable but more affordable suburbs are Ormond and Hampton.
If you're in your 20s or early 30s, childless and want to live in a ‘trendy’ (I despise this term, but it’s pretty apt) south-east suburb, look at South Yarra (where I live), Prahran or Windsor. The latter two are more affordable, but there are seedy areas.
If you're in your early 30s or over, have children or will have children in the near future and want to live in a yuppie suburb, look at Malvern, Malvern East, Armadale, Glen Iris and Caulfield/Caulfield North/Caulfield South/Caulfield East. Elsternwick, St Kilda East and Carnegie are also family friendly, but less yuppie-ish.
I may be biased, but my vote goes to South Yarra. It has its faults (e.g. high median house price [although, you intend on renting] and high wanker factor), but I can’t think of any other south-east suburb with as many great cafes, restaurants, shops, schools, parks, bars and clubs. The public transport is also very good and [edit] it's close to the city/CBD. 
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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Australians discriminate against Greek people in Australia

Ozzies are scared of immigrants taking their jobs.

Greek people sometimes get called Aboriginies (there is nothing wrong with Aboriginies)

I quote a school yard taunt to a Greek child  
“Wog, wog, why don’t you go back to your own country, dirty wog?”

My friend tells his children this -  “Australians are highly racist, They(Ozzies) are racist and they are amorphoté. ” This word literally means to be uneducated but this is an inadequate translation.

This is one of his ways of alleviating their issues. unfortunately some greek children go onto becoming hardened to mainstream Australia.

Therefore, Greeks families have been accused of acting as loners, not integrating and not attending Australian functions(school, work, where ever), which further increases the divide between people.

I would like to say that many Australians are not racist. But Racism as always, is not an obvious thing, Its often hidden and unknown to the person dishing it out as they follow examples set by culture, parents and friends.







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Issues that Greek speaking people face in Australia


I was chatting to a Greek friend of mine, who I met through a moving country when I moved to Sydney some years back. After talking to him I decided to do some research across different forums and see what Greek immigrants to Australia have to face when they move to Australia.

The worst is the language. Australia is English speaking. So you need to make an effort to learn English. Otherwise you will never integrate, often it is only the children that do this at school and the parents never quite feel part of the country. 

Not being fluent in English can negatively affect who you befriend, job opportunities and your general level of comfort in getting around.

Missing ones home where you know where everything is another problem. Once the initial excitement of moving o\f Australia wears off everything can become very strange. Greek resident of australia seem to especially miss their home food and local culture. - Not to mention their family as they are very close knit to their extended families.

My friend, seemed to think he could not get a promotion or a better job as he was perceived to be a foreigner - and he had been here in Sydney for ten YEARS!!!

I might add  - he was a really really nice guy, honest and with wife and kids and he was really struggling to get ahead financially.

A lot of Greek people are being driven to australia by lack of jobs in their home countries

I saw another article about a 41 year old man who finds himself studying English in Australia and working nights for a fish warehouse in Melbourne. 

After nine months of unemployement, he left his wife and two kids in Athens and moved to Australia on a student visa. 

He said its difficult in Greece,with a family and you stay at home and you can't do anything due to no money or work, he complained with pain in his face,

At least he has some hope of a better future here in Australia. it wont be easy and he may fail - good luck to him,
Greek nationals only get Australian work visa's via sponsorship prior to entering the country and skilled migration visas are limited to  occupations where Australia has skill shortages. There are long provess times for these visa's.
Luckily this Greek mans employer is going to sponsor him for a permanent visa, which he hopes to get by the end of the year. He is one of only 102 Greek nationals that received  Australian student visas in 2011. This is according to Australia’s Department of Immigration and Citizenship.
Greeks are running from a deepening recession at home that has cause  unemployment to skyrocket.

Most of the immigrants have headed to Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city and home to 400,000 Greeks — the biggest group in Australia.

There are a lot of sympathetic people in Melbourne trying to create jobs for Greek migrants.  Local taxi operators owned by some Greek Australians made big headlines in the news in October when they introduced a scheme to hire 1,000 taxi drivers from Greece to ease the city’s chronic cab shortage.



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Greeks moving and immigrating to Australia



 Melbourne, Australia has the largest Greek population outside of Greece!


If you are from Greece or Greek and thinking of moving to Australia at some point, I have some good news!

I was plugging away on the internet when I cam across a number of resources claiming that the city of Melbourne, Australia has the largest Greek population outside of Greece! 

Good news in deed for anyone leaving their home country as this means there will probably be a lot of Greek shops Cafe's, restaurants etc in Australia. There is nothing worse than immigrating to another country and no having anything of home there with you.

I know we often move to get away from our countries, but believe me there will come a time when you miss your home country.
The most prevalent peoples in Greater Melbourne (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas) are English 21.1%, Australian 20.7%, Irish 6.9%, Scottish 5.7%, Italian 5.5% and Greek 5.0%.
Melbourne has the world's third largest Greek-speaking population after Athens and Thessaloniki (Melbourne's Greek sister city). The cultural diversity is reflected in the city's restaurants serving various international cuisines.





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Friday, January 3, 2014

Australian weather - it gets hot sometimes



Yeah! down under weather!

immigrating to Sydney - Is it hot in Australia


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Immigrating to Australia? - Which are Australia's best and worst suburbs?

The best and worst suburbs in Australia


Australia’s most liveable city is Melbourne, the best paid are living in Australia's Sydney. The most jobs are in Queensland, Western Australia is the place to looks for education  while South Australia is where soul is - its the ‘Good Samaritan’ state with the largest volunteering rates in the country.


The BankWest Quality of Life Index, released recently, indicates that 21 of Australia’s 25 most liveable areas are in our urban suburbs and not in the coastal towns, so much for the old  ‘sea-change’ and ‘tree-change’ dream.

Meh, I still like beaches and trees and mountains...

“Clearly many Australians citizens want to live on the coast or the countryside, but the facts are that the best life quality in Australia is to be found in the normal suburbs, particularly in Sydney’s north, also Melbourne’s east and surprisingly western Perth,” the BankWest Retail Chief Executive mentions.

Living in the suburbs of Australia’s big cities, residents often have the best quality of life with good school access, modern advanced  hospitals and plenty of jobs. They also have large houses, super fast internet connections and minimal crime rates.

They were ranked against 10 key criteria (including employment levels, crime rates, internet access, health, education levels, earnings, home ownership rates, house size, proportion of empty homes and community involvement)

The lucky residents of the suburb of Ku-ring-gai in Sydney’s northern suburbs have stood out with the highest quality of life in Australia, closely followed by Hunter’s Hill dwellers in Sydney and Nillumbik in Melbourne.

Not so good for the people of Halls Creek in Western Australia where they have achieved the lowest quality of life ranking in Australia.


Which suburbs are the top of the measurements?


  • Highest home ownership rates are to be found in Golden Plains (92%) in Victoria.
  • Mosman wins the prize for the highest average taxable income ($126,884) in Sydney.
  • Health rates are greatest for the Snowy Mountains residents in NSW with 88% healthy .
  • Property crimes are least in Golden Plains in Victoria with a tiny 1.3% of the local population affected in 2006 - 2007.
  • Volunteers score highest in Kimba (54%) in South Australia.
  • Higher school enrolment and finishing rates are found in Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland.
  • Clearly the worlds best jobs market is in Barcoo in Queensland where 100% of the labour force is gainfully employed!
  • Brighton  in Tasmania has the lowest proportion of vacant homes in the country (3.5%) . This indicates a important disincentive against crime.
  • The highest detached houses proportion is in Broomehill (100%) and Tammin (100%) in Western Australia.
  • The highest rates of broadband internet connections are in Ku-ring-gai in Sydney (69%).


  • Have a good one friends.


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    Thursday, January 2, 2014

    Great things about your move to Australia.

    Well if you are immigrating to Australia here are some really good things to know.


    Australians are the Richest  people in the world.

    According to the estimated median wealth of $219,505, the Credit Suisse 2013 Global Wealth Report which was recently released, Australians (and hence you) are the richest people in the world.

    Median wealth means that half of the people in a country have at least that amount of money, while the remaining half have less than that amount.


    Based on average wealth, then Australians are  the second richest people in the world with only an average wealth of $402,578 - tsk. The richest are Swiss whose average wealth is $513,000. 
    Pretty good huh!?
    The count of Australian millionaires went up by 38,000 people to 1.123 million.
    Australia's Sydney is the most Reliable city in the world
    100 global cities were assessed by the Reputation Institute. Happily Sydney, Australia has topped the list.  Forbes Magazine recently published that the City of Sydney is the most reliable city in the world.
    Behind Sydney was Canada's Toronto, Sweden's Stockholm, Austria's Vienna and Italy's Venice. On the worst side of the list are Egypt's Cairo, Kenya's Nairobi, Pakistan's Karachi, Iran's Tehran and Iraq's Baghdad. Sorry chaps!
    The institute ranked the cities by performing an online survey of over 22,000 people from the G8 countries. The poll was held in January and February of 2013. People were answered questions only about cities they knew.
    Pretty cool news if you are migrating to Australia wouldn't you say?

    Sydney sky scrapers
    You will be happy to know Sydney does not even feature in the top 100 cities in the world that have the most skyscrapers. I think that is pretty awesome. Who needs more concrete right?

    Australian nature
    Did you know that most of Australia's exotic flora and fauna cannot be found anywhere else in the world. You really are migrating to a unique place
    Beer drinking in Australia

    Surprisingly against all sterotypical thoughts of Ozzies, Australia is no longer a champion beer-drinking nation - its quaffing plunged to a 65 year low in 2010-2011 with only 4.23 litres consumed per person per year. 
    I think this is a GOOD thing. Go Australia!

    Gambling in Australia


    Perhaps they cant afford beer as Australia has had the dodgy distinction of having the highest rate of gambling in the world with 80 percent of Australian adults gambling in some form or another -  20 percent of the worlds pokie machines  are found in Australia.
    Australian Cattle

    Australia has the worlds largest cattle station in Anna Creek Station in South Australia. Comprising over 34,000 square kilometres of land it is the world's largest cattle station. 

    It is so big it is even  larger than Belgium!

    Australians respect their Woman

    In 1902, Australia was only the second country in the world to give women the right to vote.
    Go Australia


    Thanks for reading folks - have a safe one!




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