Seek professional help
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