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Starting in Sydney News, Issue #020
January 31, 2011

Discover Lifestyle in Sydney.
Keep up with News about Australia

Starting in Sydney News brings you our latest tips about living in Australia. And a lot of information about things to do in Sydney and its attractions.

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Issue 20

La Nina has affected Australia in a terrible way. Vast regions in Queensland and Victoria, usually hot and dry, were flooded. Rivers rose to levels unseen before and carried lots of debris along.

For boat owners, the open ocean was a safer place to be.

For house owners, the good, old method of raising a home on stilts, which makes Queensland cottages look so different and pretty, seemed to be a much safer option than the concrete slab method.

While houses on stilts were not spared if they were in the water's way, the damage to the elevated floors was not as bad.

Three quarters of Queensland was declared a disaster zone. The floods devastated lives and smashed assets. But they also showed how people pulled together and came to each others help. Hundreds of volunteers, equipped with brooms and buckets queued to register and offer their help to complete strangers. They assisted with cleaning up houses of people they had never met before.

All this in the spirit of mateship. The spirit we celebrated at Australia Day on 26 January.

ABC Radio Australia reported that 13,000 people took oath of citizenship on Australia Day. Here's a link to the story.

New Pages at

Best Time in Sydney Australia

If you intend to visit Sydney and have to choose when to go, the best time to be there is January. Not only because it is summer but also because you can be part of the Sydney Festival, which is packed with entertainment. See more about it here.

Sydney Events in January

It was not just Sydney Festival that made this January so full with events. It was also outdoor movies, some great exhibitions, for example the Chinese Terracotta Army at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Australia Day, with celebrations and fireworks on the harbour.

Questions from visitors

Our visitors asked us some questions about employment and activities to do when visiting Australia.


Rajesh wanted some suggestions about work in the mining sector. We put together a list of website for him.

Veterinary Technician Certification

Kara, an American licensed vet tech, would like to move to Australia. Here is where she could get more information and feedback about her qualification.

Job Search Online Australia

Sunil has experience in retail, so we came up with some sites that publish retail jobs.


Shan wants to visit with her family and two children, just for 4 days. Here are the top things to do for such a short visit to Sydney.

The Best Wildlife

Peggy, a photographer from British Columbia, enquired about the best selection of wildlife. Our response reminded her about a kookaburra song that she learnt from the Australian mother of her friend, when she was a child.

We hope to keep in touch with you. If you want to know more about Sydney and Australia, ask us a question or share a story with us.

P.S. You may have noticed that we are changing the look and feel of our site. We are trying to give it a summery, beach-like, refreshing feel. Inspired by the January beautiful weather? Not really, more by the Australian lifestyle.

Let us know what you think, whether you like it or not. We'll listen, we want to improve. Meanwhile bear with us while we make the changes, there are quite a large number of pages to update.

That's all for now. We'll be adding more pages about Australia, life in Sydney and tips on how to make the most of it.

To get them visit our website often. And make sure to read the next issue of this newsletter.

Until then, all the best,


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