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Rob Taylor's dream of being a professional footballer was shattered by a devastating injury, but his wife Selina wants to stay close her family in the UK.


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Rob Taylor's dreams of being a professional footballer

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were shattered by a devastating injury.

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To have that taken away from you and everything that it brings,

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yeah, it was tough on me and it was also tough on the family.

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But life has moved on and, originally his wife's dream,

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Rob is now pinning his hopes on a new start in Australia.

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It's definitely made me more focused to move.

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It's kind of turned around a little bit

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and I'm the one that's pushing it.

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But wife Selina's been through the tough times

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and wants to stay close to the support of family at home.

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It would be really difficult to say goodbye.

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Will a week sampling the Australian lifestyle convince Selina

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it's the right move?

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Really good to spend quality time together for a change.

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Or will the thought of taking daughter Alanna

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away from family be just too much to take?

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It is pretty hard to think she won't know them

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like she would as if we were back home.

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Lying in the southern hemisphere,

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Australia is around 30 times larger than the UK

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but with just over a third of the population.

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With room to roam, a buoyant economy and chilled-out lifestyle,

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it's no wonder it's been the number one destination for Brits

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on the move for the past 20 years.

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From the day and hour they met,

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Selina had been selling the idea of living in Australia to husband Rob.

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It was the land of her dreams.

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But fast-forward three years, and it's role reversal,

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with Selina the stumbling block and husband Rob pushing to go.

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A trial week in Melbourne will show the couple if they could

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and should up sticks and go.

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Then the couple can make their final decision

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as to where their future lies.

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The Taylors have flown from the UK to Melbourne.

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Trouble refuelling on the last leg has meant it's taken

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quite a bit longer than expected.

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We left Saturday night and we've just arrived Tuesday morning,

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so, it's been quite a nightmare.

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Yet it hasn't fazed baby Alanna at all.

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She was an absolute star, so proud of her.

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At least we know we can do the journey now.

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And Rob's already thinking about the task ahead.

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This week's got quite a lot riding on it.

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Me and Australia, I suppose, have a lot to prove to Selina.

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He's got just seven days to convince Selina

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their future lies in Australia.

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This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,

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in terms of testing out everything.

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It kind of would draw a line in the sand for me.

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Meet the Taylors.

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Dad Rob, mum Selina and baby Alanna who's two.

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Rob and Selina first got together ten years ago.

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She contacted me on social media and commented on a picture.

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Four topless guys on a beach

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and there was one in particular that looked really hot!

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We got talking for a few months and then we finally met up

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and we've not looked back since.

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And one of the things they talked about was Australia.

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When I was 15, my mum took me to Australia.

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It really was a bit of a holiday of a lifetime,

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and I just knew then that that was kind of where I wanted to end up.

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I didn't think much of it, you know, for the first year or two.

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Then it got mentioned more often.

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The more I told him about all the fabulous things out there

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and all the opportunities, he soon then became persuaded

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to wanting to go out to Australia as well.

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When they got married in 2013,

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there was just one destination for the honeymoon

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and, like Selina, Rob fell in love as well.

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It's an amazing country.

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The people that we met were so lovely and friendly.

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The views and the scenery are just, you know, stunning.

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And it was from that point on that we made a pact about

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a five-year plan to actually go and live out there.

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We left kind of very happy and very excited

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on what the future might hold.

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The couple returned to the UK

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and started saving towards the move happening.

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At that point, Rob was on the cusp of a glittering career

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as a professional footballer.

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Like every little boy, it was my dream

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to be a professional footballer.

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I signed for Port Vale and I played seven or eight seasons there

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and then I moved on up to Mansfield for six months

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and then I went to sign for Tranmere.

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Amazing memories.

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You know, I scored some great goals, met some amazing people in football.

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But just as things were taking off,

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Rob's dream was stopped in its tracks.

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Rob, whose career was going really well at the time with Tranmere,

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sustained an injury that, unfortunately after two operations,

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he just couldn't come back from it.

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To have that taken away from you and everything that it brings,

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yeah, it was tough for me and it was also tough on the family as well.

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You know, 12 months of physio and operations, you know,

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me and Selina just had to come to the conclusion

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that it just wasn't going to happen.

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We had to make the really tough decision that

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he would have to retire prematurely from football.

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With Rob the main breadwinner,

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what should have been a wonderful time was becoming

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ever more stressful as Selina was pregnant.

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Talk of emigrating was the last thing on their minds

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as they struggled to cope.

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What with Rob's retirement, the new baby,

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all our savings gone that were intended for the move to Australia,

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it just couldn't happen

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and that just became a complete backfoot dream at that point.

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Fast-forward two years and the couple, like baby Alanna,

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are getting back on their feet.

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I've recently managed to secure a good job.

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Although looking after Alanna, I'm getting all my coaching badges,

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so, I've just passed one and looking to do my next.

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He's out of football, he's in a good place

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and looking for his next chapter in terms of career.

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So much so, Rob feels it's time to kick around

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the Australian dream once more.

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Maybe Alanna would like to, too.

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Seeing how she's growing up and her personality,

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I think Australia would be a great country for her to be brought up in.

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It's definitely made me more focused to move to Australia.

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It's kind of turned around a little bit

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and I'm the one that's pushing it.

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But it's all change for Selina who now has cold feet.

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With the bad days too fresh a memory,

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a move would mean sacrificing strong family support at home.

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I am worried about obviously

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not having any support network out there,

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with leaving family and friends here.

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So, it would be really difficult to say goodbye.

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Um, we're really close.

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And Rob is incredibly close to the man who was his inspiration

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as a young footballer, his grandad.

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They were very good, United were.

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I've been, you know, very close to him, you know, since I was 15,

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and he's got to an age now where he's, you know, been ill a few times

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and to go away from him, yeah, would be a very hard decision

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and something that, you know, would still play on my mind

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even if we did make the move.

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But it was the couple's joint dream for so long,

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so, the trial week will have to answer a lot of questions.

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It's quite black-and-white for me,

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and if those things don't stack up or aren't feasible,

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then, for me, that's the dream dead in the water,

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um, it's kind of game over.

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The Taylors are spending their trial week in the Point Cook area

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of Melbourne, around 16 miles from Melbourne's city centre.

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What will they make of their temporary home?

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Oh, wow. Oh, look at the view.

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If first impressions are anything to go by,

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it looks like the week's off to a good start.

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Mum, no time for a rest!

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Alanna's keen to let off a little steam after three days on a plane.

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Mum and Dad are just glad to stand still.

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And now, with some steam let off, reality begins to set in.

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It's quite crazy to think like we could be living here.

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I can definitely see this being a place where we'd want to live.

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Four years since their last visit,

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the honeymoon period's definitely over.

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It feels very different this time

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-because we are looking at it from the viewpoint...

-True, yeah.

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..of, like, the final move.

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Do you think it will be a good outcome?

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Yeah, I'm feeling quite positive, actually.

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Back in the UK, the Taylors live in the town of Bridgnorth

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in Shropshire, in a three-bedroom red-brick house.

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As a first home, it's been a labour of love.

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We've literally kind of done everything that you can to it.

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We've got it exactly how we want it, and I think

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that was the beauty of doing the house up ourselves.

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The town is lovely, so, in many ways it suits us just fine.

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They've got a budget of £300,000 for a home down under

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and know exactly what the right house should look like.

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-Minimum of four bedrooms.

-Open-plan.

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Yeah, in terms of the kitchen and dining,

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but the most important thing would have to be the outdoor space

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because that's the whole point for us to move to Australia.

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But, after a lot of hard work,

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will it be hard to leave the house they love in the UK?

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Yeah, we've definitely got that emotional attachment to it.

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And bringing up our little girl for the first two years of her life,

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it would be a sad thing to do, to sell it, really.

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I don't know. At the end of the day, if you were going to

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an amazing house in Australia,

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-I'd soon forget about it!

-Well, yeah, no...

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To find out what kind of house they could afford,

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today, we'll show the family three properties,

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two based on their budget

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and a third which could be a dream Australian home.

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Only after they've seen each one will they find out its value.

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First stop is the relatively new suburb of Wyndham Vale.

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It's 22 miles from Melbourne city centre

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but, with good transport links and family-friendly facilities close by,

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it could suit the Taylors' needs.

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What will they make of this four-bedroom new-build?

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-Oh, wow.

-Mm.

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Really nice.

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It's open-plan like sort of living-dining,

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but you're still slightly screened off from the kitchen.

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Better check out the kitchen, then.

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Mm, it's quite spacious.

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Yeah, you have to cook and interact and keep an eye on the kids.

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This meets my expectations of what we were looking for.

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The only thing I'm disappointed about is like the outlook,

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like, I suppose in an ideal world that would be the garden there

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-and...

-It's give and take, isn't it,

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with the amount of light that you get through.

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Not a great start for these two.

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Let's see what they make of the bedrooms.

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Ah, nice. Carpet.

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-Yes.

-And it's very spongy.

-Good size.

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-Bigger than ours.

-Bigger than ours.

-Which is good.

-Yeah.

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OK, I sense a "but" coming.

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I think just being on the ground floor with the bedroom

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and having big windows, it feels quite exposed.

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Yes, but what's the redeeming feature of an Aussie home?

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-Walk-in wardrobe.

-Nice!

-It's about the same size as our third bedroom.

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-Yeah!

-It's literally just really open.

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If it was a mess, it would make me feel really uncomfortable.

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Good reason to keep it tidy, Selina!

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Take a peek at the en-suite, at least it's got a door.

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Oh, cool, en-suite as well.

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Yeah, very nicely done.

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It's a good size, everything you need, so, yeah,

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another box ticked really.

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Alanna's being looked after by a child-minder

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but her room gets the thumbs-up too.

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Nice little room, good size for Alanna.

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-Then you've got a built-in wardrobe here.

-That's really good.

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She'd just play hide-and-seek in there.

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It's sounding rather positive and the outside impresses too.

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Ah, it's quite nice.

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-Natural grass as well which is a bonus.

-Yeah.

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It goes all the way around here,

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so, that's quite a fair amount of land.

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It's a bit of a blank canvas.

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If you wanted to have an extension or even a pool,

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you could possibly put one in.

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Yeah, very happy with this.

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This property has grown on them, but not sure if it's their dream home.

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-OK, what do you think?

-It's done to a really high standard.

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I actually really like it

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but I don't know whether I would spend 300 grand on it.

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-I think this house is probably under our budget.

-Mm-hm.

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Um, I reckon it's on the market for around £250,000.

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I reckon £265,000.

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Let's have a look.

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They have £300,000 to spend.

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Oh, that's more than I thought.

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-Yeah, slightly disappointed with the figure.

-Hm.

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It's a bit of a worry in terms of our budget.

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Yeah, it will be interesting to see how the other two properties fare.

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It's £14,000 under budget

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but the Taylors were hoping they'd get

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a fair bit more bang for their bucks this far out of town.

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Perhaps property number two

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can get things moving in the right direction.

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It's in Werribee, an older and more established area.

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The couple should get more for their money here.

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Will this single-storey three-bedroom family home

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be more to their liking?

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Inside, and Selina's face says it all.

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-First impressions?

-I really don't like it.

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It reminds me quite a lot of when we first moved into our house

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and all the work we had to do,

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and I don't feel like we're in a position to do that now with Alanna.

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We don't have that luxury of time.

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Yeah, I think it would be difficult to do.

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What about the open-plan kitchen?

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Small.

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This isn't open-plan to me, this is just like a kitchen with a table.

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Oh, dear, and they don't have to move far to get to the main bedroom,

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it's right next to the front door.

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OK, looks like the main bedroom.

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OK.

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-I'll be positive.

-OK.

-It's big.

-It is big.

-Lots of storage.

-Yeah.

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Hate the fact it's right at the front of the house.

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I like to open the curtains and let all the light in,

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but you just couldn't do it, could you?

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Because you'd just be scared of the postie looking in.

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This house is a big no-no for both Rob and Selina.

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Nothing can redeem it or...wait.

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They've just spotted the outside.

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-It's huge.

-Yeah, it's massive, isn't it?

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This I can see potential with.

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The only thing that would concern me,

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yeah, you're massively overlooked there.

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We have said, though, that moving to Australia

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is all about enjoying the outdoor lifestyle, so...

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Could you enjoy it by being overlooked by kind of all of that?

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Because I don't think I could.

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You could put screening up, you could plant bamboo trees.

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-But...

-How much would all of it cost?

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It would cost a fortune to do this.

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And would this house even be worth it?

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It's time to see how much it is.

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It's too much work.

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It's just not worth the effort for me.

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Remember, they have £300,000 to spend.

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I'm going to say £240,000.

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I'm going to say £250,000.

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OK, let's have a look.

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-Whoa.

-Yeah, didn't expect that.

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So, that shows that if we want a property with a big garden,

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which is quite rare,

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we're going to have to pay big bucks for it, really.

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I think the first property we looked at was probably

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-just the right amount.

-That was ample.

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-The good news is it's still under budget, though.

-Still under budget,

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we're still positive that we'd be able to

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find not exactly what we're looking for, but something...

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-Within budget.

-Yeah, within budget

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and a lot closer for what we're looking for.

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Disappointing.

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Rob is desperately hanging in there,

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but his chances of winning Selina over

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are getting slimmer by the minute.

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For the final stop of the day,

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we found what we think could be the couple's dream home.

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It's in Tarneit, 15 minutes away and closer to Melbourne.

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Will this two-storey new-build be what Rob and Selina are looking for?

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I'm really happy it's two-storeys.

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It's definitely what we would have chosen.

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-If we could afford it.

-Yeah.

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Hey! And things, like Selina and Rob, are looking up,

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and that continues once over the threshold.

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Wow!

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This is like a hotel, a hotel entrance hall.

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It's very impressive, isn't it?

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Think of how much time you'd have to spend cleaning!

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It's definitely a dream house.

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It almost feels too good to be true.

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And it doesn't stop there.

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-It gets bigger.

-That is huge, isn't it?

0:18:120:18:15

This is definitely the dream, like, kitchen, dining, living, everything.

0:18:150:18:22

Feels like an American movie star's home.

0:18:220:18:25

Yeah, it's very grand.

0:18:250:18:28

Now, into the adults' den.

0:18:280:18:30

-There's a bar.

-This is adults' area, definitely.

0:18:300:18:35

I love it, but I'm worried it would be a novelty

0:18:350:18:39

-and then, say, if you were working away or something.

-Yeah,

0:18:390:18:41

-it'd get a bit too much.

-It would actually feel very lonely.

-Yeah,

0:18:410:18:44

I know what you're saying. I think it will reflect the price as well.

0:18:440:18:47

From one extreme to another,

0:18:470:18:49

maybe this grand property is just too much.

0:18:490:18:52

Wow, look at the size of this.

0:18:520:18:54

Massive, again.

0:18:540:18:55

It's impressive but, I don't know, is it too big?

0:18:550:18:59

I think it is. It's more space than you actually need.

0:18:590:19:01

Yeah, it's almost too grand for us.

0:19:010:19:06

But it's hard not to be impressed.

0:19:060:19:08

-Ah, walk-in wardrobe.

-It's almost like partitioned off out of the way.

0:19:080:19:13

-Screened off, yeah.

-Rather than with the first house, where it was open,

0:19:130:19:16

but, no, good.

0:19:160:19:18

And impressed?

0:19:180:19:19

Again, very impressive.

0:19:190:19:21

This is bigger than our bathroom.

0:19:210:19:23

-Yeah.

-His-and-hers sinks.

0:19:230:19:25

It's got everything that you'd want.

0:19:250:19:28

It's nice to have separate sinks.

0:19:280:19:29

True.

0:19:290:19:31

Alanna's room impresses too.

0:19:310:19:33

I think this is definitely a girl's bedroom, what do you think?

0:19:330:19:36

Yeah, I think this would be Alanna Banana's bedroom!

0:19:360:19:39

Ah, it's a really good space and she'd absolutely love it.

0:19:390:19:44

-Good room, good size.

-Yeah, I like it.

0:19:440:19:46

And outside continues to delight as it comes with extra features.

0:19:460:19:51

There's a pool, there's a pool, and a dog!

0:19:510:19:55

-That's very cool.

-That's impressive.

0:19:550:19:57

What a great little space.

0:19:570:19:59

Alanna would love this.

0:19:590:20:02

I think this would be kind of our Australian dream,

0:20:020:20:05

-being out here by the pool, barbecue, a bit of vino.

-Mm.

0:20:050:20:09

So, some glimmers of hope there

0:20:110:20:13

but will it be too much for their budget?

0:20:130:20:16

So, what do you think?

0:20:180:20:20

I think it is going to be way over budget.

0:20:200:20:22

-I think it's about £450,000.

-Yeah, it's going to be hugely over-budget.

0:20:220:20:25

-I would guess in the region of about £465,000 on the market.

-Mm-hm.

0:20:250:20:31

-Right, you ready to have a look?

-Yep.

0:20:310:20:34

They have £300,000.

0:20:340:20:36

Oh! OK, wow.

0:20:410:20:45

That's amazing that just for £90,000 more, just...

0:20:450:20:50

It's a lot more, but what you can get is quite incredible.

0:20:500:20:54

-And the pool as well.

-Yeah.

-With the garden.

0:20:540:20:57

-Definitely.

-So...

0:20:570:20:59

Good news.

0:20:590:21:00

A day's house-hunting has given the Taylors a real idea

0:21:020:21:05

of what they can and can't afford in Melbourne.

0:21:050:21:08

Property one was a positive start,

0:21:090:21:12

the outside impressed but it was far from a dream home.

0:21:120:21:15

House number two was a single-storey property

0:21:170:21:19

in a more established part of Melbourne,

0:21:190:21:21

and the couple found its old-fashioned feel off-putting.

0:21:210:21:25

Despite being over budget, property three did lift spirits.

0:21:250:21:30

This two-storey house with outdoor pool

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was more like what they imagined living down under to be.

0:21:320:21:35

So, when it comes to property in Melbourne,

0:21:370:21:39

will the couple vote for the UK or Australia?

0:21:390:21:42

Based on the three properties we've seen today, our vote goes to...

0:21:420:21:46

-Australia!

-..Australia!

0:21:580:22:01

Cool.

0:22:010:22:02

To be honest, when we were at the second property,

0:22:020:22:04

at that point I was thinking UK, but then we saw the third property

0:22:040:22:06

and that definitely tipped the balance for me

0:22:060:22:09

as it was only £90,000 more, I just thought to have something like this

0:22:090:22:13

in years to come would just be amazing.

0:22:130:22:15

Happy that you've voted the same as me.

0:22:150:22:18

-I thought you would be.

-Yeah.

0:22:180:22:20

With Selina giving the thumbs-up for Aussie houses,

0:22:260:22:29

Rob's dream move is off to a good start.

0:22:290:22:32

But unless they get the right jobs down under,

0:22:320:22:34

they'll be going nowhere.

0:22:340:22:36

Selina's the main visa applicant.

0:22:380:22:41

Back in the UK, she works in public health marketing.

0:22:410:22:44

I'm really passionate about what I do.

0:22:450:22:47

I love the fact that what I do delivers positive change

0:22:470:22:50

and helps people improve their lives.

0:22:500:22:52

However, her dream job has its downside.

0:22:530:22:56

It has meant that I've had to take on a full-time post

0:22:560:23:00

which, with Alanna only being 21 months, has been really difficult.

0:23:000:23:04

I don't get much time with Rob,

0:23:040:23:06

I don't get much time with Alanna and it has put pressure on us.

0:23:060:23:09

Since his injury, Rob has mixed being a stay-at-home dad

0:23:090:23:12

with building a new career as a football coach.

0:23:120:23:16

Put some more water in?

0:23:160:23:18

Being at home with Alanna has been, you know, an amazing experience,

0:23:180:23:22

and I think it's something that some dads aren't lucky enough to do.

0:23:220:23:26

Rob wants to coach footy down under and the timing might just be right.

0:23:260:23:30

In Australia at the moment, I know they're chucking a lot of resources

0:23:300:23:34

into making them world-beaters at football

0:23:340:23:37

and they've got a 20-year plan called The Whole Of Football,

0:23:370:23:41

you know, and that's something that interests me

0:23:410:23:44

and something that I would love to be a part of.

0:23:440:23:46

I'm just hoping those opportunities are out there

0:23:460:23:49

and I can find the right job for me.

0:23:490:23:51

Earning over £45,000 in the UK,

0:23:510:23:54

Selina's currently the main breadwinner - for now.

0:23:540:23:59

The long-term plan, if we were to go to Australia, would be that

0:23:590:24:02

I could take a step back and go part-time

0:24:020:24:06

and, hopefully, when Rob starts his career,

0:24:060:24:09

he'd be able to top up that salary anyway.

0:24:090:24:12

To find out what opportunities they might have in Melbourne,

0:24:130:24:17

the couple head into town,

0:24:170:24:19

Selina to a leading recruitment agency

0:24:190:24:21

where she meets consultant Lindsay Walker

0:24:210:24:24

and right away there's mixed news.

0:24:240:24:27

I have some good news and some not so good news at this point in time.

0:24:270:24:30

At the moment, marketing is not currently on the list

0:24:300:24:33

for people applying for permanent residency.

0:24:330:24:35

The good news is, with your experience,

0:24:350:24:38

-you do actually qualify for a work visa for Australia.

-Oh, OK.

0:24:380:24:42

We always recommend you speak to an immigration lawyer

0:24:420:24:44

before you decide to, you know,

0:24:440:24:45

make your final decision about moving out.

0:24:450:24:47

Having looked at your CV, I think it's more than likely

0:24:470:24:50

-you would be able to look for work here.

-Great.

0:24:500:24:52

Well, that's a relief.

0:24:520:24:54

But Selina's keen to have work and family life sorted

0:24:540:24:57

before she would make the move.

0:24:570:24:59

Alanna, our little girl, is still quite young

0:24:590:25:02

and, ideally, in the future we'll have another baby,

0:25:020:25:05

so, I was just wondering about flexibility

0:25:050:25:07

and whether I could possibly look at an opportunity

0:25:070:25:10

where I could be part-time?

0:25:100:25:11

You'll find that health and government within Australia

0:25:110:25:14

are probably leading the way in terms of

0:25:140:25:16

how much flexibility they can offer you.

0:25:160:25:18

We see a lot of people go into roles four days a week instead of five,

0:25:180:25:22

who are perhaps qualified to do so.

0:25:220:25:23

It's really good to hear that.

0:25:230:25:25

So, the big question is, based on my experience,

0:25:250:25:28

what kind of salary would I be looking at in Australia?

0:25:280:25:31

The bottom of that range, based on your experience,

0:25:310:25:34

would be around £60,000 per year

0:25:340:25:36

and the top range of that would probably be around £80,000 per year.

0:25:360:25:39

-OK.

-And that would be inclusive of all your benefits in Australia.

0:25:390:25:43

Fantastic, that's really good.

0:25:430:25:45

Selina's heard mostly positive news.

0:25:450:25:48

Wonder how Rob is getting on across town?

0:25:480:25:51

He's at Rowville Sports Academy and is meeting coach Ian Greener.

0:25:510:25:55

Come this way, we'll have a chat.

0:25:550:25:57

And straightaway, it seems like good news.

0:25:570:26:01

Football has now become the number one participation sport

0:26:010:26:04

within Australia. Not just with the boys, but the girls' football now.

0:26:040:26:09

So, looking at your CV, a lot of our clubs would be very keen

0:26:090:26:12

to talk to somebody with your kind of background and experience.

0:26:120:26:16

So, could Rob achieve his Australian dream?

0:26:160:26:20

With a CV like mine and my experience,

0:26:200:26:23

what kind of salary could I earn over here?

0:26:230:26:25

If your CV came across my desk and there was an opportunity

0:26:250:26:28

to employ somebody, it would be on a part-time basis.

0:26:280:26:31

Initially, you'd be looking at a salary around about £20,000 a year.

0:26:310:26:35

Oh, that's not really going to cut it

0:26:350:26:38

if Selina's going part-time as well.

0:26:380:26:40

What about senior paid positions?

0:26:400:26:43

So, clubs have always just had a head coach,

0:26:430:26:46

but now they're being told they have to have a technical director,

0:26:460:26:49

so, what that's done is it's brought in more job opportunities

0:26:490:26:55

for people. You'd be looking at, I'd say, somewhere between

0:26:550:26:58

about £70,000 a year, plus perks and bonuses.

0:26:580:27:02

So, further down the line there could be a move up the pay league.

0:27:020:27:07

That's a really good figure,

0:27:070:27:09

something definitely to work hard towards and aspire to

0:27:090:27:12

and it's something that I really want to do.

0:27:120:27:16

Might see you in a few months.

0:27:160:27:17

-Rob, good luck.

-It was great to me.

-No problems, a pleasure.

-Cheers.

0:27:170:27:20

So, mixed news for Rob as well.

0:27:200:27:23

Later on, the couple meet up to compare notes.

0:27:230:27:26

-So, how did it go?

-Visas have got a lot stricter just recently,

0:27:280:27:32

-and marketing has come off of that list.

-Right.

0:27:320:27:36

So, in order to get into Australia, I'd have to go through a work visa.

0:27:360:27:40

The positive news was that kind of health marketing

0:27:400:27:44

and behaviour change marketing is still very much kind of wanted.

0:27:440:27:48

And then, in terms of salary,

0:27:480:27:51

I'd be looking in the region of starting at about 60,000.

0:27:510:27:55

-OK.

-Going up to possibly 80.

0:27:550:27:58

-Oh, OK, good.

-So, we just need to marry that up with obviously

0:27:580:28:03

you kind of having those opportunities secured as well.

0:28:030:28:06

In terms of job opportunities, I feel quite positive about it all,

0:28:060:28:09

especially going forward for the future.

0:28:090:28:12

But I was disappointed that there'd be no full-time roles available

0:28:120:28:17

to come out to.

0:28:170:28:19

Considering the cost of living over here is a lot more as well,

0:28:190:28:22

that does concern me a bit, yeah.

0:28:220:28:25

-Because the last thing I want to do is put all the pressure on you.

-Mm.

0:28:250:28:28

I don't think that's fair.

0:28:280:28:30

You sense Rob really, really wants this to work for him

0:28:300:28:34

but the time has come to vote.

0:28:340:28:37

Based on our work meetings today, our vote goes to...

0:28:370:28:41

-..undecided.

-Undecided.

0:28:510:28:53

-We agree on that.

-Yeah.

0:28:530:28:55

Slightly surprised you voted undecided,

0:28:550:28:58

just because I know how much, you know, you want to come here.

0:28:580:29:01

-I don't see how we could have voted Australia...

-No.

-..completely,

0:29:010:29:05

-with the news that we've had today.

-Yeah.

0:29:050:29:07

It's been such a mixed kind of bag of emotions today.

0:29:070:29:10

It was always on the cards,

0:29:170:29:20

Rob needed a good salary for the Australian dream to thrive.

0:29:200:29:24

This uncertainty with work, for both of them,

0:29:240:29:27

has knocked them sideways in more ways than one and,

0:29:270:29:31

with the reality check and friends and family messages still to come,

0:29:310:29:36

Rob's dream of a fresh start down under looks unlikely.

0:29:360:29:40

But, there is still time to turn it around.

0:29:400:29:44

With baby in buggy, the couple head off to sample

0:29:440:29:48

family life in downtown Melbourne.

0:29:480:29:50

The Taylors are spending the day at Werribee Open Range Zoo,

0:29:510:29:55

south west of Melbourne.

0:29:550:29:57

Ali absolutely loves animals, so,

0:29:570:29:59

I'm sure we're going to have a great time.

0:29:590:30:01

Ready, whoosh!

0:30:030:30:05

Hi, emu! Oh, he's looking, he's looking at you.

0:30:050:30:08

ALANNA MUMBLES

0:30:080:30:10

-Koala!

-Koala.

0:30:100:30:12

Hi.

0:30:120:30:13

Hiya both, give them a wave, give them a wave.

0:30:130:30:17

Really good to spend quality time together for a change.

0:30:180:30:22

I don't think we've ever been to a safari park zoo as good as this.

0:30:230:30:28

It's just been one of those amazing experiences

0:30:280:30:31

and one we definitely wouldn't have got back in the UK.

0:30:310:30:34

Yummy!

0:30:340:30:35

Ugh, thirsty work!

0:30:380:30:40

So, while Alanna's out for the count,

0:30:400:30:42

the couple have time to grab a coffee,

0:30:420:30:44

but there's a nice surprise in store when the phone rings.

0:30:440:30:47

It's Selina's sister and brother-in-law.

0:30:480:30:51

-Hi.

-Hi, guys.

0:30:510:30:53

-How's Alanna?

-Yeah, she's been really good today.

-Amazing.

0:30:530:30:56

We've been to the open safari, so, we've fed...

0:30:560:30:59

-Giraffes.

-..giraffes carrots,

0:30:590:31:01

-and seen rhinos, like, really up close.

-Yeah.

0:31:010:31:05

The family are thinking of you, Mum sends her love.

0:31:050:31:08

-Really good to speak to you.

-Yeah, thanks for getting up at like 6am!

0:31:080:31:11

Stu, I know it probably took you two hours to get ready!

0:31:110:31:14

-Bye-bye. Bye!

-Bye!

0:31:150:31:18

-Well...

-That was a surprise.

-Yeah.

0:31:190:31:22

I always knew this decision was going to be really hard.

0:31:220:31:25

You're not going to take it lightly when you've got to move

0:31:250:31:28

24 hours-plus across the world,

0:31:280:31:30

tearing, you know, your daughter away from close family and friends.

0:31:300:31:34

And the news about Rob's part-time salary is making it even harder.

0:31:360:31:41

That was a blow and I think both of us were disappointed in that

0:31:410:31:45

and that's probably... You could tell that through the vote.

0:31:450:31:48

Part of the dream is so that I can go back part-time

0:31:480:31:51

and be able to spend more time with Alanna.

0:31:510:31:53

So, at the moment I feel very torn about the whole decision.

0:31:530:31:59

But Rob's hoping today will get things back on track.

0:31:590:32:03

I hope it's brought us back to a place where we both think

0:32:030:32:06

that Australia's worth all the effort

0:32:060:32:08

and yeah, fighting for, really.

0:32:080:32:10

Hm, time to find out.

0:32:100:32:14

Based on our amazing family day out today, our vote goes to...

0:32:140:32:17

-Australia!

-..Australia!

0:32:270:32:29

It was just such a good day.

0:32:290:32:32

You don't go and feed giraffes every day.

0:32:320:32:34

You know, yesterday, I think we finished on a bit of a downer.

0:32:340:32:37

It's just brought it all back to life.

0:32:370:32:38

-I don't think we could have voted any other way, really.

-No, agreed.

0:32:380:32:42

Full marks for the Aussie lifestyle means Rob's hopes

0:32:480:32:52

for a fresh start down under could be back on track,

0:32:520:32:55

but they still need to work out if they could afford the move.

0:32:550:32:59

Getting the right price for their home in the UK would be crucial.

0:32:590:33:02

They think it's worth £200,000. Will two local estate agents agree?

0:33:020:33:08

A lovely, light living room.

0:33:090:33:12

Utilised the space very, very well.

0:33:120:33:15

Dining area, feature fireplace, super family room.

0:33:150:33:19

A very nice, well-presented kitchen, with lots of modern fitments,

0:33:210:33:25

integrated oven and hob.

0:33:250:33:27

We've got a lovely breakfast bar as well for seating there.

0:33:270:33:31

-It's very clean.

-Very well-presented.

0:33:310:33:33

Lovely master bedroom.

0:33:350:33:37

Super views to the rear, well-appointed.

0:33:370:33:41

I told you about the views.

0:33:410:33:42

Quite a pleasant little children's room here.

0:33:440:33:47

Obviously a little girl's room.

0:33:470:33:49

A bunk bed here as well, ideal for when they've got friends over.

0:33:490:33:53

-Very small friends!

-THEY CHUCKLE

0:33:530:33:55

In today's market, I would value this property at £200,000.

0:33:550:33:59

For a quick sale, I would put it on the market for £195,000.

0:33:590:34:03

I would value this property at £195,000.

0:34:030:34:07

For a quick sale, I would value this property at £190,000.

0:34:070:34:12

What do you think about the actual price, though?

0:34:120:34:14

I think we'd be quite happy with that.

0:34:140:34:16

Yeah, with the money that we spent on it,

0:34:160:34:18

we'd still make a good profit on that, so.

0:34:180:34:21

So, a happy result for the Taylors.

0:34:220:34:26

While Alanna takes a nap, the couple sit down to crunch figures.

0:34:260:34:30

To help, we've provided a breakdown of living expenses,

0:34:300:34:33

starting with their weekly shop.

0:34:330:34:35

Bananas, Alanna Banana's favourite...

0:34:350:34:38

They're nearly double the price over here.

0:34:380:34:41

What about cheese? OK, slightly cheaper.

0:34:410:34:44

-That's good.

-Suits me.

0:34:440:34:46

So, we've got rump steak, it's coming out at, yeah, almost double.

0:34:460:34:52

I mean, generally it's, everything is more.

0:34:520:34:55

Yeah, what, three or four items coming out less.

0:34:550:34:59

Totting it up, the couple discover they would be paying

0:34:590:35:02

almost two-thirds more for food in Oz per week.

0:35:020:35:06

-That's a big jump, isn't it?

-It's quite substantial, yeah.

0:35:060:35:09

So, what's that, around £160?

0:35:090:35:11

Yep.

0:35:110:35:12

Next, they look at mortgage costs, basing their figures

0:35:120:35:16

on the first house they saw.

0:35:160:35:18

-Currently, in the UK, it's £770.

-Yep.

0:35:180:35:21

If we were to move over to Australia, we're looking at 1,062.

0:35:210:35:25

-So, that's worse off.

-Worse off.

0:35:250:35:28

-Nearly £3,500 a year, isn't it?

-Yeah.

0:35:280:35:32

It's quite a hike and with Rob a stay-at-home dad in the UK,

0:35:320:35:36

they have no childcare costs, but that would change in Oz.

0:35:360:35:40

Our nursery costs in Australia would cost us £1,375 per month.

0:35:400:35:47

Wow, that's, that's a lot.

0:35:470:35:49

Oh, children are so expensive.

0:35:490:35:52

-Do we really want another one?

-Yeah, that's made me rethink!

0:35:530:35:56

Let's not make any quick decisions yet.

0:35:560:35:59

Things may not be looking good

0:35:590:36:02

but Selina could significantly increase her earnings down under.

0:36:020:36:06

And with plenty of part-time jobs around,

0:36:060:36:08

if Rob was to take on two at a time,

0:36:080:36:11

he could bring home a full wage.

0:36:110:36:13

We would be bringing in...

0:36:150:36:17

-£4,033 more a month...

-Wow.

0:36:170:36:22

..which is a crazy amount.

0:36:220:36:24

Wow, that is super-impressive.

0:36:240:36:27

So, where does this leave them overall?

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-£2,198 a month.

-Better off if we were to move over here.

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That's, that's awesome.

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It's what would, you know, help us to kind of have the lifestyle

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we want over here as well.

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Maybe that massive house could be on the cards!

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-Although not with the dog!

-No.

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So, after that news, how will they vote?

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Based on our reality check today, our vote goes to...

0:36:560:37:00

-..Australia!

-Australia!

0:37:070:37:09

-Had to, really.

-Yeah.

0:37:090:37:11

Fantastic news, in terms of the figures.

0:37:110:37:14

Didn't think it was going to be that good, so, really happy.

0:37:140:37:17

That was a crazy amount of money to have at the end of the month.

0:37:170:37:21

It might just take a bit of hard work to get there

0:37:210:37:24

but, yeah, just really excited.

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With Selina's financial fears finally put to rest,

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it looks like Rob's mission is almost home and dry.

0:37:340:37:38

There's still one final hurdle to overcome, though,

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as the couple sit down to watch messages from loved ones back home.

0:37:410:37:45

-Hi!

-Hi!

0:37:450:37:47

Hi, guys.

0:37:470:37:48

So, Rob and Selina and Ali, they're a great family,

0:37:480:37:51

they really are. I think Ali coming along's

0:37:510:37:52

been a bit of a blessing for them.

0:37:520:37:54

Yeah, Rob's my number one son.

0:37:540:37:55

-Ha-ha.

-Yes!

0:37:550:37:58

Selina's a great daughter, she's very caring, very loving.

0:37:580:38:02

When I first realised Selina was serious about potentially moving,

0:38:020:38:05

I actually was quite jealous because I think it's something

0:38:050:38:07

that we probably all would like to do.

0:38:070:38:09

If they go, I would be going right up to the plane doors if I could,

0:38:090:38:14

to give them hugs and kisses.

0:38:140:38:16

But if they do go, they will go with my blessings and my prayers.

0:38:160:38:20

I support Manchester United because of Rob.

0:38:200:38:23

I've got all those little memories

0:38:230:38:25

and he just won't be there any more.

0:38:250:38:28

It will be really sad thinking of them leaving,

0:38:290:38:32

especially with the children.

0:38:320:38:33

They're really, really close and love to play together.

0:38:330:38:36

I couldn't even describe it because at the moment

0:38:360:38:39

I suppose I can't really quite imagine how it would feel.

0:38:390:38:42

If they were to move,

0:38:420:38:43

I've got very attached to Rob, maybe too much, maybe too much.

0:38:430:38:48

But, um... I would miss him, yes.

0:38:480:38:52

You're about to make one of the biggest decisions of your life.

0:38:520:38:55

Rob, I know you've always been pretty poor at making decisions

0:38:550:38:57

so I'd probably let Selina make this one.

0:38:570:38:59

Give it a bit of a shot and see what happens.

0:38:590:39:02

If you do go, I wish you all the best and you'll have all my love.

0:39:020:39:06

We're here for you and always will be.

0:39:060:39:10

SHE SOBS

0:39:100:39:12

I can't wait to see you come back home.

0:39:130:39:15

Please don't think of us, don't think of the family,

0:39:160:39:19

think of yourselves and do what's right for the three of you,

0:39:190:39:24

and I love you all very, very much.

0:39:240:39:26

-Tough!

-THEY EXHALE

0:39:300:39:33

-It's not even about us, it's about Alanna.

-I was thinking that.

0:39:330:39:36

It is pretty hard to think that they won't see her growing up

0:39:360:39:40

and she won't know them, like she would as if we were back home.

0:39:400:39:45

But, do you really want to be five, ten years down the line

0:39:450:39:50

-and think, I really wish we'd have given it a go?

-Mm.

0:39:500:39:53

They weren't expecting them but the tears came anyhow.

0:39:590:40:03

Selina and Rob have been on an emotional roller-coaster.

0:40:030:40:08

After hearing the family messages,

0:40:080:40:10

it's going to be tough to get the dream back on track.

0:40:100:40:14

They've enjoyed the week in Australia

0:40:140:40:17

but are they kidding themselves they could ever call it their home?

0:40:170:40:21

A hard one to call. What would you do?

0:40:210:40:24

It's time for the final vote.

0:40:240:40:27

The trial week has seen Australia work its charms

0:40:300:40:33

on Selina once again.

0:40:330:40:35

It's a third time for me but first time, you know, as a mother,

0:40:350:40:38

and it's been so lovely to see Alanna just

0:40:380:40:42

exploring the country, enjoying it.

0:40:420:40:45

For Rob, it has answered lots of questions.

0:40:470:40:50

This week was all about testing out the real Australia, I suppose,

0:40:500:40:54

and today, kind of life, of what it would be like to live over here.

0:40:540:40:58

But it has also brought home how hard it would be

0:41:000:41:03

to leave loved ones behind.

0:41:030:41:05

It's quite heart-wrenching kind of thinking about

0:41:050:41:08

how it will feel for them, for family,

0:41:080:41:11

for us to be kind of moving away to the other side of the world.

0:41:110:41:15

They would miss us as much as we'd miss them.

0:41:160:41:19

My grandad who I'm really close to, to see him get a bit emotional,

0:41:190:41:23

I think that kind of kick-started me.

0:41:230:41:25

And Rob knows Selina's still wrestling with the decision.

0:41:270:41:30

I know that if we can make everything work

0:41:300:41:33

it's more than feasible

0:41:330:41:35

but there are still massive hurdles in kind of making that happen.

0:41:350:41:40

I really do hope that Selina votes for Australia today.

0:41:400:41:44

I'm hoping this week has shown her enough

0:41:440:41:46

to take a little bit of a gamble.

0:41:460:41:48

Oh, Selina, the pressure is on. It's time to vote.

0:41:500:41:54

After our amazing week in Australia, our final vote goes to...

0:41:540:41:58

-Australia!

-..Australia!

0:42:070:42:09

-Cool. Good. Happy.

-Very happy.

0:42:110:42:14

Even though I've still got concerns and worries,

0:42:140:42:16

overall, this country just outweighs all the negatives

0:42:160:42:21

and I think we'd be fools not to kind of take the risk.

0:42:210:42:25

It's just a case of working really hard,

0:42:250:42:27

getting a little bit lucky

0:42:270:42:29

and, yeah, giving it the best possible go we can.

0:42:290:42:32

So, yeah, thank you for voting Australia.

0:42:320:42:35

-Australia, here we come?

-Yep.

0:42:350:42:37

Ah, do you like Australia?

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Two yeses.

0:42:440:42:47

It looks as if Rob's dream move to Australia

0:42:470:42:50

is about to become a reality.

0:42:500:42:53

This couple is under no illusion that a move

0:42:530:42:55

to the other side of the world will be difficult.

0:42:550:42:58

But with the commitment they show each other

0:42:580:43:01

and their ultimate goal of a better future for the family,

0:43:010:43:05

I'm sure they'll make their final decision work for them.

0:43:050:43:08

But one thing's for sure,

0:43:080:43:10

wherever they end up going, we wish them the very best.

0:43:100:43:15

From the day and hour they met, Selina had been selling the idea of living in Australia to husband Rob. After a holiday with her family in her teens, she knew it was the land of her dreams. Fast forward three years and it's role reversal, with Selena now the stumbling block and husband Rob pushing to go.

Rob and Selina Taylor live in Bridgnorth in Shropshire. They met through social media ten years ago when Selina 'liked' a photo of Rob on holiday with his mates. They met up in person and have been together ever since... and one of the things they talked about nonstop was moving down under.

When they got married in 2013, there was only one place for their honeymoon and, like Selina, Rob too fell in love with Australia. They returned with a five-year plan and started to save towards the move. At the time Rob was on the cusp of a glittering career as a professional footballer but, just as things were taking off, Rob's dream was stopped in its tracks. A horrific injury forced early retirement. Rob was devastated. As the main breadwinner, what should have been a wonderful time for the couple was becoming more stressful; Selina was pregnant and not working too. Moving to emigrating was the last thing on their minds as they struggled to cope.

Now the couple, with baby Alanna, have found their feet. With Selina in a good job she loves and Rob training as a football coach, he feels it is time to kick-start the Australian plan once again. Selina now has cold feet; a move would mean sacrificing strong family support at home. So, the trial week in Melbourne will have to answer a lot of questions. Will it convince Selina it is the right move? Or will taking daughter Alanna away from family be just too much to take?