It was for this reason that Nicola Gilbert started Mandurah Poms, an online community for local migrants.
In less than a year, the Facebook group has more than 230 members.
Mrs Gilbert emigrated from the UK 10 years ago and found a support group in NSW very helpful. When she moved to Mandurah last year, she decided to start something similar here, so she launched the Mandurah Poms Facebook page.
‘There are a number of poms here in Mandurah, a lot of whom have to live and work in Mandurah due to visa requirements,’ she said.
‘We hold many events, it’s a great way for others in the same boat to meet up and make friends.
‘Some have even had job offers through the group.’
When Mrs Gilbert moved to Mandurah in April, she only knew one other family.
‘Now we having coffee meets, family barbecues, nights out and even camping trips,’ she said.