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#1 CountryBumpkin

Posted 26 July 2011 - 05:45 PM

DF is under consideration for an 8/6 job up there, and if he gets it, if all goes well would like to consider going residential up there so we can be closer to him... Whats it like for families? We have 5 children between 8 and 3 weeks, (3 are school aged - year 2, 1 and pre-primary). hospitals, medical centre, shopping centre etc? I'm not expecting anything massive, jsut liek to know what we'd be up for if we did get the job and move original.gif Thank you original.gif

#2 ~*Erica*~

Posted 26 July 2011 - 06:01 PM

I live in Paraburoo and we love it!!

I'll try and answer your questions.

Para is a great town for families.  There is a primary school, day care centre, hospital, medical centre and shopping centre.

The shopping centre is only small - hairdresser, IGA, newsagency, chemist, bottleshop - yes, that's it.

It is a small town, but very community minded.  There are lots of sporting clubs and everyone is very friendly.

It is isolated - make no mistake.   And it can get very hot - think 50 deg in the summer, BUT everything is air conditioned - house, school, shops, your car etc.  If your DH works for Rio Tinto then they will subsidise your electricity during summer months.  For the last couple of weeks we have had between 25-29 each day - just lovely.

If there is anything else you want to know - just ask.

I would prefer to be in Para some of the other mining towns.

#3 CountryBumpkin

Posted 26 July 2011 - 06:04 PM

Thanks for your quick reply Erica original.gif

The position is with Rio Tinto original.gif The thought of that kind of heat is scary! But we're up for a bit of an adventure, and for us we'd just like to do a few years so we can save up some money, get a bit paid off the house and be able to travel a bit..

#4 amz1987

Posted 26 July 2011 - 06:10 PM

Hey!

I lived in Tom Price for 17 years which is 80kms from Para! You wont regret moving up North. Your friends become your family. There are so many fansatic places to visit and its just a beautiful place to live. You might have a bit of a culture shock going up there as it is so isolated, but its a fantastic oppurtunity and experience for your family.

Good luck!

Amz

#5 ~*Erica*~

Posted 26 July 2011 - 06:44 PM

QUOTE
Your friends become your family.


This is so very true.  They really do and you can pick your friends  biggrin.gif

Don't forget that on weekends you can go sight seeing.  Paraburdoo is on the edge of Karijni National Park - full of beautiful gorges.  Coral Bay and Exmouth are only 5 hours away.  

Things like clothes and shoes are hard to buy.  Karratha is only 4.5 hours away and you can get all you need there.

We do tend to talk about distances in terms of hours rather than kms - you get used to it.

Do you have a 4WD?

Don't forget to come and find me when you get here.  biggrin.gif

#6 CountryBumpkin

Posted 26 July 2011 - 08:22 PM

Thank you for your reply amz original.gif

Erica thats why DF and i discussed - we're currently plannign to buy an offroad camper trailer, and we own a landcruiser. The opportunities to show our children something a little different would be great! DF is used to the heat of the Pilbara, working up there, he's been in mostly exploration drilling up there and in the NT, so working out in it... although it will be a little different he now gets to sit in an airconditioned drill rig LOL.

Clothes and such i'm happy to buy online, or mum would shop for me and send up (or come visit more often biggrin.gif) and i'll be hunting you down wink.gif

I'm a little scared about moving away from somewhere so familiar, and away from all my family, who i'm very close to... but its not forever original.gif

Edited by CountryBumpkin, 26 July 2011 - 09:04 PM.


#7 ~*Erica*~

Posted 26 July 2011 - 10:46 PM

Don't be scared.  Easy to say, I know.  I was a bit overwhelmed when we moved.

You will be fine, you will meet school Mum's, there is a playgroup.

One of the best things about Para is that there are new people arriving all the time.  Your kids won't be the 'new kids' for very long.  

I was very close to my family as well.  Sadly, most have passed on.  

Treat it as a wonderful new adventure you are doing together.

You'll be fine.

#8 whydoibother

Posted 31 July 2011 - 12:06 PM

it is a beautiful place-I wish I could go back for a visit original.gif


#9 Guest_maybelle_*

Posted 31 July 2011 - 12:35 PM

I grew up in Paraburdoo. It was a fabulous place to be a kid, so much to do and see!  It was a while back, but their were lots of clubs and activities as well as freedom to have our own adventures.

I could not think of anything worse than living there as an adult, but I am a prissy, fancypants, dirt fearing, shop loving, inner city dwelling princess who gets sooky at the thought of wearing practical shoes.  So long as you are not like me, you will be fine  wink.gif Like everyone has said, it is a real community and very social. Don't stress about the heat, you will get used to it very quickly and everything is air conditioned.

I too would love to go back for a visit sometime  original.gif Such a gorgeous part of the world.


#10 ironbutterfly

Posted 06 August 2011 - 01:24 AM

Thought you might find this helpful to know.
DH is currently working up there and had a meeting today. There are currently only 3x1's with no pools available. We are waiting to find out when we can 'apply' for one (DH has only been there 1 1/2 months) but they are looking at expanding the township.

Erica may also be able to confirm this I'm going by 2nd had info from DH, but they are having difficulty in getting a permanent Dr there (just incase it maybe an issue for you)

Also be aware some people say "x is just down the road" and it could actually be ALOT further away. I grew up between Karratha and Geraldton and DH always teases me about that!

#11 Frenchgirl

Posted 06 August 2011 - 02:46 AM

I used to go to Para once a year for swimming comps and always enjoyed myself. Nice town, friendly people... its been a few years though but I am sure its still lovely. So many places to visit from there too... gorges, orienteering, broome for holidays.

#12 whydoibother

Posted 06 August 2011 - 12:09 PM

they must be going to expand as when I was there itw as just before the boom and they knocked down empty houses as they had termite infestations.  Then I know graduates were going into group homes as there was no housing left.  There is shire housing but that isn't really available.

As for the pool, I know PI used to give rebates of up to $11k for any improvements made to a house so a pool, patio, shed etc
Also the local pool was very clean and is a walking distance from all ends of town.

#13 slave bracelets

Posted 06 August 2011 - 12:23 PM

I live in Newman, which is a fair way from Para, but I used to work in Tom Price, near Para.

I was really really unsure about moving to the sticks.
But we did it because the hubby and I were sick of flying out and not seeing much of each other. I said to myself I'd just give it a year...

Now that we have a baby there is no place I'd rather be.
When we come down to Perth I can't wait to go back to our country town! We are planning to stay up here for another 5 years, if we can.

THere is a slower pace of life that really fits in well with having kids. There is no traffic, no queues and less stress.
I have found it really easy to make friends as there are lots of other women in the same boat (away from family, husbands who work long hours) and the mining towns are surprisngly well set up for kids.
I feel very safe, I go for walks after dark and yes it gets stinking hot in the summer but everything is airconditioned and I often meet with other Mums to sit in the shade at the pool.
I go to a Mothers Group, Play Group, Rhyme Time at the Librbary and there is an indoor play centre where lots of people meet and chat over a cuppa while the kids play. There is a neighbourhood centre that has a creche and craft days for the kids. I am certain Para would have a very similar set up.

I say do it!! I am a city girl from way back, but am just loving our country lifestyle

#14 whydoibother

Posted 06 August 2011 - 12:33 PM

slave it is the same with me! I am Kalgoorlie so much bigger town but still even going to Perth freaks me out!  I grew up in Sydney and I would never go back there!

I mean these towns are good for families-they are safe (especially Para) and have a real sense of community that you don't get in the city

#15 BaldBalls

Posted 07 August 2011 - 10:31 AM

I'm in TP so not that far from Para.

Just touching on what ironbutterfly said - The health system is pitiful out here.  If you get sick you will be sent to Karratha/Hedland/Perth.

If you have children needing speech therapy or OT the service is bad.  I have  2 children with ASD and we have been using services in Karratha/Perth/Skype at our own expense to try and keep therapy up.

As for housing -  If you get a crappy house or want a house with a pool you can put yourself on the housing list and wait it out.  We were very lucky to get a 4 bedroom house with a pool as the house they offered us - We did get to pick from 2 but I think thats change due to the housing shortage atm.  I know RIO is refurbishing lots of houses in TP not sure on Para.

I have a love hate relationship with the Pilbara I wont lie about that - Some days I love it out here other days I trucking hate it  wink.gif  but as the region gets bigger and more services are opened up it will get better.

But as everyone has said it is a fantastic place for family just get yourself involved with playgroup/sports and the great outdoor and you will be right original.gif

*edited for spelling ohmy.gif

Edited by SeaKitten, 07 August 2011 - 10:35 AM.


#16 *Jackie*

Posted 07 August 2011 - 10:26 PM

I lived in Tom Price for 2-3 years and tbh I didn't like it. Mind you, we came from living in the Uk to TP so it was a bit of a shock....plus the fact at that stage I couldn't drive so walking everywhere in the heat was a bit of a pain. Our house was ok though no pool and from memory were quite hard to get a house with one.

You either like or loath that kind of lifestyle but no harm in giving it a try.

#17 sarah_fly

Posted 24 November 2011 - 12:58 PM

HI

Im a Paraburdoo newbie. Have been here Since mid August. Im liking it...gets a bit boring (i only have one child haha)

The red dirt is a shock to the system if u havent been up north before. Dont buy white dont wear white. And cleaning is a constant our white grout is slowly turning orange.


We got to pick from 2 "newstart" houses. if u want a shed or a pool you need to go on the "list" we are 13th on the "list" to get a 3x1 with shed...you need more than 3 kids to get a 4x1

We travel to Tom Price to do a big shop at coles every fortnight. The rent might be cheap but the food isnt! and everything is a little expensive due to us being in the middle of no where.


Touch wood we havent needed to doc yet BUT we are planning child number 2 so it will soon be inevitable


If you move here. Message me...I dont have many friends yet and it would be nice to know some more people!!


P.s Im sara 25 mum to Miss C aged 2 (almost 2.5)

#18 Cindyloo

Posted 13 March 2012 - 04:03 PM

Hi all

I'm to be a newie too expecting to move end of next month April 2012, ZP is choosing the house this week! trying to find out everthing about Para thanks to all your comments it doesnt feel as daunting anymore. ZP has been doing Fly in/ Out for over a year now, I have not been to Para just trusting his judgement. we immigrated 5 years ago from Zimbabwe so flying abroad to a new city, new life was totally mind blowing for me, so I guess a couple hundred miles wont be so bad, What am I talking about?? Im used to rural living we stayed on a sugarcane farm all my life, just got a little too used to the city life in Perth.

I guess i am just more afraid of meeting new friends and getting the kids settlled in, not forgetting the heat! well hope to meet you all when I get there....
Feel free to reply and introduce yourself.

Cindy
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#19 ~*Erica*~

Posted 15 March 2012 - 01:26 AM

Cindy,

Flick me a PM when you get to town.

All the houses in Para are being refurbisheed as they become vacant and they look wow.  The town pool is very clean and has shade sails and a cover to keep the chill off the water -   roll2.gif  don't laugh.  The swimming club is almost finshed for the season.  The footy season is about to start and all our games are night games - its a great atmosphere.  There is also the drive-in's in summer - great fun.

At the moment we have a Dr, hope this one stays.   unsure.gif  Other specialist services can be a pain in the butt.

Everyone is very friendly and your kids won't be the 'new kids' at school for very long. All class rooms have fridges for the kids lunches, so they stay nice and cool. You can't drink the tap water as the calcium levels are too high and will make you sick.  Bottles or a reverse osmosis unit is the way to go.

I've been here for 4 years now and I love it.  I hope you will too.  It's a very community minded town.

The isolation can do your head in, but you get used to it.  Trips to Karratha and Port Hedland look exciting and the thought of driving 1,000km in a day to go to the orthodontist and Kmart and home again will be a walk in the park.  biggrin.gif



#20 Cindyloo

Posted 15 March 2012 - 10:07 AM

QUOTE (~*Erica*~ @ 15/03/2012, 01:26 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Cindy,

Flick me a PM when you get to town.

All the houses in Para are being refurbisheed as they become vacant and they look wow.  The town pool is very clean and has shade sails and a cover to keep the chill off the water -   roll2.gif  don't laugh.  The swimming club is almost finshed for the season.  The footy season is about to start and all our games are night games - its a great atmosphere.  There is also the drive-in's in summer - great fun.

At the moment we have a Dr, hope this one stays.   unsure.gif  Other specialist services can be a pain in the butt.

Everyone is very friendly and your kids won't be the 'new kids' at school for very long. All class rooms have fridges for the kids lunches, so they stay nice and cool. You can't drink the tap water as the calcium levels are too high and will make you sick.  Bottles or a reverse osmosis unit is the way to go.

I've been here for 4 years now and I love it.  I hope you will too.  It's a very community minded town.

The isolation can do your head in, but you get used to it.  Trips to Karratha and Port Hedland look exciting and the thought of driving 1,000km in a day to go to the orthodontist and Kmart and home again will be a walk in the park.  biggrin.gif


#21 Cindyloo

Posted 15 March 2012 - 10:09 AM

QUOTE (~*Erica*~ @ 15/03/2012, 01:26 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Cindy,

Flick me a PM when you get to town.

All the houses in Para are being refurbisheed as they become vacant and they look wow.  The town pool is very clean and has shade sails and a cover to keep the chill off the water -   roll2.gif  don't laugh.  The swimming club is almost finshed for the season.  The footy season is about to start and all our games are night games - its a great atmosphere.  There is also the drive-in's in summer - great fun.

At the moment we have a Dr, hope this one stays.   unsure.gif  Other specialist services can be a pain in the butt.

Everyone is very friendly and your kids won't be the 'new kids' at school for very long. All class rooms have fridges for the kids lunches, so they stay nice and cool. You can't drink the tap water as the calcium levels are too high and will make you sick.  Bottles or a reverse osmosis unit is the way to go.

I've been here for 4 years now and I love it.  I hope you will too.  It's a very community minded town.

The isolation can do your head in, but you get used to it.  Trips to Karratha and Port Hedland look exciting and the thought of driving 1,000km in a day to go to the orthodontist and Kmart and home again will be a walk in the park.  biggrin.gif


#22 Cindyloo

Posted 15 March 2012 - 10:30 AM

Hi Erica

Thanks for the reply I have never been a member of this essential Baby just joined because of these posts.

All sounds great, now I know its a definite, as ZP signed his contract yesterday, so looks like we should arrive on the 20th April and into transit accommodation, they work everything so wierd with Rio we were told to choose a house last week but they called when ZP was on his break at home now they reckon you choose what ever is available that week so we only get what available the week of the 23rd??? they are supposing to be flying me up there on the 4th to arrange with schooling etc, but i desperately need to view the house as I am not sure if my household furniture will fit and if not i need to sell off some stuff, we own our home and need to organize a tenant (which should not be a problem very big shortage, but the question is will we find the right tenant?as we want to come back to our home sometime.) also wondering if there is dish wash recess available do I need to bring extra cupboard shelves im doing my nut in as you don't get given any information it always goes through 2/3 4th people?

just purchased a water cooler yesterday, but the filtered bottle type (filters tap water) sorry not sure about all these gadgets first time owning one. will this be okay? or are you saying its preferred to have purified bottles? this was the cheapest option.

Oh I am sorry Erica had so many questions you seem to be the only one who responded to my email and I really don't know anyone else who has lived remote. I am leaving my 16 year old son in Perth for the rest of the year to finish his year 12, so will come with Roshaan his 11 turning 12 year 6 and Sophie 6 turning 7 year 1. Also another question I am wanting to find work how difficult would it be for me? I do Accounts Payable & receivable but will do anything just so im not bored? well got to take kids to school now

thanks Heaps Erica look forward to hearing from you, ps if you have an email I would prefer emailing you there if I can?

#23 hun31

Posted 16 March 2012 - 07:45 AM

Hi All,

I too will be a newbie in June rolleyes.gif But trying to find info is so difficult and like Cindy I have so many questions. But not going to lie ladies having been looking at the weather forecast I'm so nervous about the cyclones! I am coming from Dublin,so rain not a problem lol! just the cyclone. Do they last long and how often do they happen-(weekly,monthly?).

Also really wimpy question...spiders and insets how bad are they? I have an uncle in NSW and he is always winding me up about them and when he found out we were immigrating to Paraburdoo he was shocked!

Sorry to ask such boring questions but just need to find some answers from some ladies who live in Paraburdoo.

Thanks in advance original.gif

#24 ~*Erica*~

Posted 16 March 2012 - 06:55 PM

QUOTE (hun31 @ 16/03/2012, 05:45 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi All,

I too will be a newbie in June rolleyes.gif But trying to find info is so difficult and like Cindy I have so many questions. But not going to lie ladies having been looking at the weather forecast I'm so nervous about the cyclones! I am coming from Dublin,so rain not a problem lol! just the cyclone. Do they last long and how often do they happen-(weekly,monthly?).

Also really wimpy question...spiders and insets how bad are they? I have an uncle in NSW and he is always winding me up about them and when he found out we were immigrating to Paraburdoo he was shocked!

Sorry to ask such boring questions but just need to find some answers from some ladies who live in Paraburdoo.

Thanks in advance original.gif


Hun31,
Drop me a PM with a detailed list if you like.

Spiders - mostly daddy long legs, few red backs and other types, but we spray for them.    

Insects - we do have the worlds largest grasshoppers some years - Seriously, one managed to hang on to my car aerial up to a speed of 72km - the kids were fascinated.  roll2.gif  They usually appear after lots of rain.  

We do have snakes - there are dedicated snake catchers in town.  My dogs usually kill the snakes, I have Jack Russells.  I don't want to scare you but a snake bit one of my dogs this week.  Sadly, I have one less dog.

Cyclones - I think this is the second one for the season.  Paraburdoo is too far inland to take a direct hit.  By the time a cyclone gets this far it is only a rain bearing depression.  It is quite windy now and it has been picking up all day, but we will be fine. Our biggest dramas will be if we loads of rain and the roads get cut off - that happens.  Cyclone season is from October to April.  

Apart from the odd cyclone, we have the greatest weather most of the year.  The first year we lived here my kids didn't wear long pants or jackets to school all year.  Granted it does get very hot, but everything is air conditioned - hours, schools, shops, work, cars etc.  I tend to do my housework in the early morning and my washing gets hung out at night.  It still drys in the same time but I don't get sunburt hanging it out   biggrin.gif

The houses are generally 3 or 4 bedroom.  They don't have separate studies.   Most have open plan living, dining etc and tiled floors (all newly refurbished).  There are only about 10 different types of houses in town, you will walk down the street and find the ones that match the one you live in  biggrin.gif A few have 2 bathrooms, one kind have an ensuite and another have two separate bathrooms.   All have nice patios  and undercover areas.  Most of the time we sit outside to watch tv, eat, socialise etc. Everyone does as the weather is great most of the year.

Another interesting thing about Para - well it tickled me.  There is only one of every house number.  It starts at 1 and keeps going.  From memory it goes up to 943.  So you can ask someone what house number they live at and know which end of town they live in.  Pretty cool.

There is no bank in Para.  We have a United Credit and you can get cash from the Post Office except if you bank with ANZ - like me.  Tom Price has a Westpac branch, which is only 80km away.    Otherise the nearest branches are Karratha/Port Hedland - 550km away.

Ladies if you have any queries please drop me a PM.  I can give you phone number and you can call me if you like.

Sorry for the essay.  blush.gif

Edited by ~*Erica*~, 16 March 2012 - 06:55 PM.


#25 hun31

Posted 16 March 2012 - 10:52 PM

Hi Erica,

Thank you so much for this information and for getting back to me so quickly. I will definitly take you up on your offer of that PM. I have so many questions and its so hard to find information on the day to day issues and practicalites in Paraburdoo.

Thank you again original.gif




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