Seek pro­fes­sional help

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Al­though there are many ways to get to know the lo­cal com­mu­nity, Glenn would be wise to seek pro­fes­sional help (fi­nan­cial and le­gal) in be­com­ing in­volved in an in­vest­ment group. ASIC’s MoneyS­mart web­site may also prove help­ful.

Net­works and or­gan­i­sa­tions that may be of in­ter­est in­clude Busi­ness Bal­larat and Com­merce Bal­larat, which run nu­mer­ous events. BisNet break­fasts have been run­ning for over 16 years; there’s an in­ter­est­ing speaker each month.

Re­gard­ing a renovation group, why not visit the lo­cal hard­ware store? Many such stores run DIY events and you may meet other ren­o­va­tors.

Sue Ellson, the founder of New­com­ers Net­work, sug­gests that be­fore you join a group or start your own net­work you should check out the ex­ist­ing net­works in the area. Ask the or­gan­is­ers if you can at­tend with­out join­ing, go at least twice, work out the top three net­works and only go to those.

For an out­line of ser­vices pro­vided by the coun­cil, con­tact the City of Bal­larat within three months of mov­ing to re­ceive a new res­i­dent’s kit.

Jill is a re­tire­ment speaker and au­thor of 21 Ways to Re­tire and co-au­thor of

Where to Re­tire in Aus­tralia and Re­tire Bizzi. JILL WEEKS

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