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Just wondering.

We've been living in Secret Harbour for 2 years (been here in Perth for 3 years). I still don't feel really intergrated. Wondering if we should have settled NOR rather.

Where do you live in Perth and how do you rate the suburb/schools and what percentage of the population in the local shopping centre look like they are out on parole?

Something's gotta give.

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We are also in Secret Harbour, must say we are quite happy here! Dont know much about NOR but I think you will find a few "tronkvoels" everywhere!

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I live SOR in Thornlie, Gosnels and we've been here 7 years and are also happy. You bump into all kinds of individuals of the kind you're describing but most are not like that and there are heaps of SAfricans here as well (bump into them on a daily basis). We've also got a group that we socialise with.

Not sure about NOR - got a few SAfrican friends up there and, likewise, lots of ex-SAfrican and Rhodesians there. I personally think you'll find far worse places than where you live but I doubt you'll find much better.

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I live North of the river, Kinross which is in Joondalup and love it. Alot of South Africans live up in this area. When we first arrived we stayed in Rockingham for 1 month and I hated it, it just didnt feel right and the people down there were very different to up here. I dont know why just did not like it. We have 2 South African shops within 4 km of each other and our local IGA's stock alot of South African products because of the demand this side. I have made a load of friends and they live in this area and are all South Africans.

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We have been in Perth for 4 years now. We live in Butler (North) which is close to Joondalup, about 15min drive. Since we arrived Butler has grown a so much. We have 2 kids, 7 and 12 and they are loving it. I think what we love about Butler is all the parks, kids riding on their bicycles and playing in the parks. We have made a lot of friend which are mostly South Africans. We did not go out looking for just South Africans but there are so many of us in Butler that when I go to Coles, I hear more people speaking Afrikaans than what I heard people speak in Johannesburg back in SA! Butler just feels like "home" since day 1. We have family living in Canningvale, close to CBD and everytime when we go visit, I cannot wait to go back home and appreciate the Butler with it's lovely parks, fountains and families everywhere....

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I live North of the river, Kinross which is in Joondalup and love it. Alot of South Africans live up in this area. When we first arrived we stayed in Rockingham for 1 month and I hated it, it just didnt feel right and the people down there were very different to up here. I dont know why just did not like it. We have 2 South African shops within 4 km of each other and our local IGA's stock alot of South African products because of the demand this side. I have made a load of friends and they live in this area and are all South Africans.

Ditto. Also in Kinross and loving it. Kids love the schools and I've got kids in both Kinross Primary and Kinross College. Love the IGA with all the SA goods and the bottle shop next door with ALL the SA beers, ciders and other SA only drinks like Klippies. Huge amount of Saffers in Kinross and surrounding suburbs. Can't go wrong with Kinross unless you work down south as it would be long journey.

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Now me personally I did not like the feel of Kinross at all but we are all different.

We can say that we feel really at home here in Perth now but I dont think its because of where we live its because we have gone out and met heaps of people and we are always busy.

To me I dont think its where you live thats the problem, you could move NOR and still feel the same :)

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Now me personally I did not like the feel of Kinross at all but we are all different.

We can say that we feel really at home here in Perth now but I dont think its because of where we live its because we have gone out and met heaps of people and we are always busy.

To me I dont think its where you live thats the problem, you could move NOR and still feel the same :)

I must say that is not the same in my case. We have met people but do not social a lot. I am not working so I am not THAT busy. Busy with everyday stuff yes but not that busy not to enjoy where I am. I believe where you live can influence how you feel, it's almost like when you buy a house, you can look at 10 houses but as soon as you walk into "the" house, you know this is what you want. We as a family are loving it in Butler just for the fact that you can take a walk to the beach, the houses are looked after, there is parks everywhere and you always see people walking and kids playing. For me and my family, THIS IS HOME and we are loving BUTLER and will not move.... :-))

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Thanks for sharing. I do have friends but not really many Aussies. mMainly folk from UK and SA.

I am having a birthday party for my toddler son and have 10-15 kids coming so we do know people.

Just have found it quite hard work to form connections with Australians. Not having a whinge. Just saying that one needs to keep working at it. Not as easy as in other parts of the world (eg UK)

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....and what percentage of the population in the local shopping centre look like they are out on parole?

Sally, you made me smile when I read this. You are not alone - my best friend lives NOR in Perth and everytime we speak he cannot stop complaining about the high % of "people on parole" (as you call them) that he sees. He hates it there and would move in a heartbeat, but he has a good job and his family is very happy there. Good luck with your decision.

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I can soooo relate to this !!!

We live SOR in the beautiful suburb of Coogee, however I still do not feel settled or that I can sit back and say HELL YES, this is the suburb for me. At the moment it is surving its purpose because my hubby's work is just down the drag and with me being a full time student at Tafe, its ideal. I have also found it hard to make friends with Aussies here in Perth, didn't have that problem in Sydney but then again I was working full-time and had a lot more opportunities to meet people. Have on the odd occasion driven NOR to take a look a suburbs, think we need to do that a couple more times and look at a couple more areas before we make a decision. I think NOR is pulling me because there are so many Safricans living there so it will be a bit more of a home away from home. However, saying all this - time will tell as to which way the wind is going to blow for us. WATCH THIS SPACE :lol:

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I can soooo relate to this !!!

We live SOR in the beautiful suburb of Coogee, however I still do not feel settled or that I can sit back and say HELL YES, this is the suburb for me. At the moment it is surving its purpose because my hubby's work is just down the drag and with me being a full time student at Tafe, its ideal. I have also found it hard to make friends with Aussies here in Perth, didn't have that problem in Sydney but then again I was working full-time and had a lot more opportunities to meet people. Have on the odd occasion driven NOR to take a look a suburbs, think we need to do that a couple more times and look at a couple more areas before we make a decision. I think NOR is pulling me because there are so many Safricans living there so it will be a bit more of a home away from home. However, saying all this - time will tell as to which way the wind is going to blow for us. WATCH THIS SPACE :lol:

Jaa,I say NORTH!

Hey Brigs??You know I'll say this!

And your hairdresser is also close by.. :holy:

Here are wonderful people,lots of sa shops,central to everywhere...Kingsway Private college (half south african teachers and pupils!)

Good luck!

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Best is to have a drive and look through all the different suburbs, both north and south, and decide which one 'feels' right for you. We settled in Como since it's close to the city, and much greener than where we initially stayed when we arrived which was north. But I have family who live north and they are very happy there, so I think it's just personal preference.

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Yep all about personal preference and a bit of common sense as well.

Might also have to consider things like crime stats. Percentages of crime occurrences by area for the Perth metro are Central 13%, East 11%, West 15%, North 13% and South 48%. These should probably also be blended with the number of people in each area to put it in perspective.

This site http://www.viacorp.com/perth-suburbs-compared.html#neighbours is good for stats breakdown by suburb like median prices, assaults, burglaries etc.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Thanks for sharing. I do have friends but not really many Aussies. mMainly folk from UK and SA.

I am having a birthday party for my toddler son and have 10-15 kids coming so we do know people.

Just have found it quite hard work to form connections with Australians. Not having a whinge. Just saying that one needs to keep working at it. Not as easy as in other parts of the world (eg UK)

I am living in Currambine which is NOR and I love the area I live in. I have frines out in Ellenbrook and Canningvale and really wish those friends would move closer to me.

I hear you regarding the making of friends etc but I think a large portion is my fault in that I have become more home focussed with a young family and almost only socialise in a home environment which means you onnly deal with people you invite to your own house obviously.

I am grateful for those friends I do have though as we are good friends who count on each other.

Back to the point though... NOR is awesome and would just not want to live anywhere else.

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I dont find the aussies hard to make friends with at all.....

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