For Bob and Jane Viner and their four children, moving to Victoria was the change of life they were looking for.
Now they can’t imagine living anywhere else.
“We wanted a new lease of life, something different,” recalled Bob. “We were living in Hampshire in England and I was travelling to
London every day for work – two hours travel each way. Now I travel about 20 minutes and there’s no traffic. It’s amazing.”
Bob and Jane attended a seminar in London where the migration programs of several countries were explained, but the lifestyle, weather and work opportunities in Australia seemed the most appealing. On the advice of their migration agent, they applied for a skilled migration visa to Victoria due to Bob’s carpentry experience and the shortage of skilled trades people in the state. They also liked the sound of the weather, not being as hot as Western Australia or South Australia.
The Viners arrived in November 2005, eventually settling in Highton, a suburb of Geelong, as it was close to good schools and other urban amenities. “If we need anything we can’t get here, we justdrive 10 minutes to Geelong and they'll have it, or we can jump on a train and go up to Melbourne for the evening. It’s the convenience of everything. We’re in a city but we’re not paying mega city prices to live here.”
After a “familiarization” holiday around their new state, Bob started looking for work and within a week was hired by a large construction company for a housing project. This job led to another and Bob has been busy ever since.
“The education here is definitely better,” said Jane. “The teachers are so positive, giving the kids a lot of encouragement.” In the summer, the children take part in ‘Nippers’, a local beach safety programme. “There are also plenty of opportunities for higher education. If they want a university, there’s one here, if they want a job, there’s plenty of choice.”
“We’ve made some really great new friends since moving here. We had 30 people around for a barbeque to celebrate our first “anniversary” here. We haven’t looked back. It’s been so easy to settle here and it
feels like we’ve been here for years now. There’s no way I’d turn around and go back. We should have done it years ago.”
Source: Skilled & Business Migration Victoria