Posted by: JSCnO
have decided that NT is not for us right now unless DH gets posted there we will not request it lol.
i understand that sentiment. I just said to my DH when this new posting to Kakadu came thro, that's it for us, we have done our time with remote locations for this company & they owe us next year.
Next stop - after kakadu - melbourne!!
Ok, so yes, cost of living is more expensive - about 15% more for groceries, yes, our electricity is more, but we are careful running our a/c's & never use the dryer. We only have it on a couple of hours a day & the last bill was only $250 & that was thro the wet. So i dont think that it is incredibly more expensive.
As for jobs, i am not really sure about Katherine, but i would imagine it to be similar to darwin. We actually have shops up here that are closed with signs in the window saying "closed due to lack of staff"... they only open the hours that they can. Petrol is more expensive, but again, the towns are so small that we dont use anywhere near the amount of petrol that we did at home, so no real change there. The only difference is that we do more day tripping on weekends & stuff, so that is where we get slugged, but we dont care. On all day trips we pack the esky, which we would never do at home, we would have eaten somewhere along the way, but here, there is nowhere along the way, so you save there.
It is a hard decision to move so far away from family, but you can do it if you really want to.