Be prepared to spend more time in your car as any public transport is non existent.

A friend of yours is going to move into your area, what experiences would you share with them, reassuring them to make this move?:

Wide open spaces and land to keep a few chooks etc. Once the initial outlay is made, it great not having to pay for water, and if, like us, install solar panels, power bills are non existent as well. The rural community is very supportive of each other and during the recent fires, we all were touched by our neighbours acts of kindness. From feeding our animals when we couldn't return to our homes, to constantly keeping in touch to make sure we were all ok. I think the sense of community is much more alive because we need to rely on each other more, yet were not in each others pockets.

A friend of yours is going to move into your area, what experiences would you share with them, discouraging them to make this move?:

Be fire aware and make yourselves and your home safe. Be prepared to spend more time in your car as any public transport is non existent. The local shopping facilities are disgraceful be prepared to buy online. Always allow extra time when travelling on Great Northern Hoghway and you will ALWAYS be stopped for wide loads. The summers are hotter and winters colder by a couple of degrees and the Fremantle doctor doesn't necessarily do house calls here!

If there is anything you or others in your community have done to overcome issues in your area, please describe them.:

Had neighbourhood meetings to get fire safe, including arranging a phone tree. Make sure we know if neighbours are away and watch out for their animals/homes. We need another exit to Great Northern Hwy from the Shady Hills area and whilst we are aware of a subdivision that may provide this, the project is eternally bogged down in red tape. in the meantime our lives are at risk. Have complained to all and sundry about our woeful shopping centre, especially the IGA. The shelves are rarely stocked and hardly ever have a 'choice' in items.

What were the outcomes of these efforts?:

Our neighbourhood is much stronger and fire aware since the Shady Hills fire. We are all now better prepared.

If one great thing was going to happen in your area next year, what would you want it to be?:

A NEW attractive shopping centre and vilage complete with neighbourhood centre which will encourage tighter community links. At the moment, the shops are in one area on the highway (very unattractive), neighbourhood centre hidden away in a back street, newsagents on the other side of highway. A decent bakery/cafe (like Bindoon) which is open 7 days a week and provide for the millions of visitors that come 'out for a Sunday drive' in the Chittering Vallery.

From Anonymous of Mundaring