One of the difficult things of being new in town is knowing where to find things, e.g: Where is the closest doctor/dentist in my suburb? How do I buy public transport tickets (and what's this stupid validation crap?) Can someone recommend a nice restaurant to take someone on a date?
One forum I've found useful for these questions is the Melbourne Maniac community on LiveJournal. http://community.livejournal.com/melbournemaniac/
Of course you need to be a LiveJournal user to access this forum but it's an active community and these types of questions normally get a helpful response within a few hours of posting.
For Personal & Legal Issues
== Lifeline 13 11 14http://www.lifeline.org.au/find_help
need advice for a personal problem, or just someone to talk to if things are getting on top of you, call Lifeline on 13 11 14. This is a free, confidential support service. It's available 24/7.
== Victoria Legal Aid (03) 9269 0120http://www.legalaid.vic.gov.au
If you need information about your legal rights or want to know how the Victorian justice system works, contact VLA on (03) 9269 0120 or 1800 677 402, Monday to Friday 8:45 - 5:15. Note that VLA doesn't advise on business or financial matters.
VLA can also provide advice in other languages.
for a list of available languages.
== Tenants Union of Victoria (03) 9416 2577http://www.tuv.org.au
If you're renting
a place and have issues with the owner or the real estate agent, the Tenants Union can give advice. (03) 9416 2577
You can also visit them in person at 55 Johnston St, Fitzroy
Hope people find these links useful.
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