We can't get a phone line or a fast and reliable internet connection due to being in a new estate.

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

I would share that:

The area is quiet and that there is not much traffic.

It is a family friendly area.

There are plenty of places to go walking so its positive for your health and for your dog's health (if you have any).

It isn't too far away from the city (but isn't too close either).

We have a very good council in terms of programs for residents.

We have supermarkets, schools and the library close by.

Many trees have been planted by council which makes the area visually appealing.

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

I would share the following with them:

We can't get a phone line or a fast and reliable internet connection due to being in a new estate. There is no indication as to when a phone line will be accessible. This forces us to rely on mobiles and wireless internet, however, the reception is not good and I can only make calls successfully in one area of my house and internet is 'hit & miss' in terms of connectivity. Some day's my mobile has no service at all.

We have poor access to public transport (Werribee is the closest train station) which is not too far in terms of driving there however parking is an issue at Werribee train station. You need to get there very early in the morning to park legally. We don't have good bus access - it is a good 15-20 minute walk at a fast pace to get to the nearest known bus stop and the buses are only every 40 minutes. This is not good if you work in the city and catch transport home as it means walking the streets at night in the dark.

Poor freeway access and an overcrowded freeway - I drive to city (for work) instead of catching public transport due to the poor access to public transport (which is extremely over crowded). Driving each way takes 1-2 hours during peak hour (which is a much more favourable option then the overcrowded train service).

There is an issue with house robberies in my immediate area (it could be due to it being such a quiet area) and I have also known of a few incidents of break ins and vandalism that have occurred on houses being built nearby. My own house was vandalled during the building stage and I have previously contacted the police during the early hours of the morning for a neighbouring house that had people breaking into it. This causes me to not leave the house unattended over night and every time I go away I have to organise a house sitter due to being in such a secluded location.

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

It would be gaining access to a phone line and ADSL.

From Marlena of Wyndham