We came over from South Africa in 2008 and now live in Esperance. TC (my husband) works for the Australian Railroad Group as a Locomotive Driver and I am a merchandiser for Bunnings and my son Wesley is the Acting Senior Ranger for the Shire. Since being in Australia we have found our way of life has changed drastically. No more sitting at home all the time, living in fear of your life, now we can go camping on the beach with friends, go fishing early in the morning on the pier and take late night walks along the Esplanade. Wesley could not find a decent job in South Africa and we were supporting him from Australia. We managed to get him over with the help of Julie from Migration Downunder. On the visa that we were on Wesley had to remain dependent on us so he volunteered to work as a part time ranger and did a course at our local TAFE. We started applying for PR September 2010 and it was a nerve wracking time because of Wesley’s age, we were not certain of whether he would get the PR with us. We got PR in December and since then Wesley was able to accept a full time post with the Shire of Esperance and he can now move forward in his life. He has found a different way of life in Australia, going from just a tv and computer game junkie to a man who now enjoys the freedom to go hunting, diving, fishing and camping in our beautiful new country.
Now, the next big step in our life is going for citizenship in 2012!