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Moving your family to the other side of the world
is one of the toughest decisions you could ever make.
But if emigrating also meant leaving your child behind,
could you face the consequences and follow your dream?
Tasha and Ty Rogers have spent ten years planning a move to Australia.
We're just not getting as much
as we should be getting out of life, I don't feel.
But not everyone in the family shares their enthusiasm.
He just says, "No, I'm not going, I'm not going, I'm not going."
I've been telling her for years...
He has not once said, "I might go."
..I'm not going.
And with just one week to convince all of them,
they could face a heartbreaking choice.
I just want him to see it's an opportunity for him as well.
Ever since Captain Cook first set foot on Australian soil,
Brits have been making their way down under,
dreaming of a new start amidst the sun, sand and epic surroundings.
But not every explorer finds the promised land and,
for many new arrivals, their journey can end up
right back where it started.
For the Rogers family,
the week ahead will be one of the most important of their lives,
as they experience the reality of living in Australia.
At the end of it, they will face a huge choice -
whether to stay in the UK or to make the move down under for good.
After 10,000 miles and 25 hours
in the air, they arrive in Brisbane.
All that thinking time has brought some worries to the surface.
I got a bit upset on the plane.
You just think, you know...
It's such a long way away. If we had to leave
someone behind, it's quite a lot for them to go through, isn't it?
A week of this and we might be able to change your mind.
It looks like it's going to be quite a ride,
but at least their home for the week is only a short drive away.
Back in the UK, the Rogers live in Weston-super-Mare.
They are Tyrone, an electrician, fitness instructor Natasha,
her 15-year-old son Oliver,
and their children - Summer, 11, and Ellis, aged four.
They have a happy home, but the promise of a better life
has long had them dreaming of making a move down under.
We decided that we'd like a change of pace and a change of lifestyle.
Just to get our teeth stuck into something, really.
We're just a bit fed up with not getting as much
out of our lives as we possibly can.
We're quite an active family anyway.
I think Australia is just going to offer us more.
More family time together.
-We want a bit of adventure as well, don't we?
But emigrating is no easy matter.
And after finding out the facts,
Ty and Tasha discovered they had a long journey ahead of them.
We found that our jobs weren't able to allow us to enter Australia.
-I was a fitness instructor and Tyrone was a...
And that just wasn't the jobs that they needed at the time.
So we had to both give up our jobs to go back to college to retrain.
So life was put on hold for a couple of years.
The quickest way to qualify for a visa was for Tasha to retrain as
a hairdresser, but midway through the process,
they suffered another blow.
When we realised that hairdressing
had come off the list, we did go into a bit of a panic
and just thought, you know, these past few years,
scrimping and saving to try and get us through college
and further education, "What have we done that for?"
Fortunately, Ty's new career as an electrician
was on the wanted list, meaning the door was finally open to a move.
I install the electrical side of things on the solar panels
that you see on houses. I love my job at the moment,
but when I have to go on the roof and it's pouring down with rain
and it's blowing a gale, it's not great, to be honest.
Hopefully, if I can secure the right job in Australia,
it can be everything that I want it to be.
Having overcome so many barriers, the Rogers know that leaving
their large family network will be the biggest challenge of all.
Particularly for one of them.
Oliver's caught in two minds about Australia. He's got his other,
sort of, family here, which has been a bit of a pull for him.
Oliver's father and his family live close by in Wales
and see plenty of each other. Moving to Australia could mean
saying goodbye to them for good.
I don't want to leave my other brother and sister, my dad, my nan,
grandad and cousin.
I have said it for years now - I'm not going.
That has been what I've stuck to, you know.
I'm going to suffer, whatever happens, cos if you want to stay,
I'd be pinning them down, but if I were to go,
I get attacked from my dad's family. So I'm hoping I hate it.
I'm hoping that it's... I'm hoping my mum hates it.
But she's not going to hate it.
Walk around the house.
There's more than 100 Australia books around here.
I just hope he's going to come over to Australia
and really like it.
And I can't think that he won't, otherwise I won't do it,
I don't think.
The Rogers face a daunting prospect.
Ty and Tasha believe Australia can offer the family
a better future, but those years spent retraining have seen
the children grow up and build lives of their own.
With a decade of planning on the line, they'll discover
if their time has run out.
With its bright lights and golden beaches,
the Rogers are hoping that Brisbane, on the Queensland coast,
could offer them an ideal mix of outdoor living and city glamour.
The suburbs are expanding all the time
and it's a young-feeling city with a growing economy,
used to plenty of new arrivals from home and abroad.
They're staying in this three-bedroom cottage
in the Redlands district of the city.
But will first impressions impress?
I don't think I would choose something like this.
Overall, I think this is a big thumbs-down from me.
-Yeah, me too.
-It's quite small.
I think that's a no, then.
And there are other worries on people's minds.
I'm really nervous about this week. I'm nervous that everybody's...
They may not like it. I'm nervous that I'm not going to like it.
I'm nervous that Ty might love it and I might not like it.
So, yeah, I am really nervous, cos there's five of us
and it really has to be that we all have to like it
for us to make a decision.
We'll see if I like it or not,
but at the moment, I'm not really liking it, to be honest.
Back in the UK,
the Rogers live in a four-bedroom family home in Weston-super-Mare.
They believe it is worth £145,000 and have a budget of
up to £220,000 to spend on property down under.
That's if they can find what they're looking for.
Obviously, the dream house would be a four-bedroom on a huge plot
with a swimming pool, double garage, with some sort of work shed.
-Well, it would, wouldn't it?
Finding the right home could be vital in making that
all-important decision, so today, we are going to give the Rogers
a taste of Brisbane's housing market.
We'll show them three options,
based on what they want from their ideal home,
what they can afford, and the real cost of property down under.
After seeing for themselves what's on offer,
they'll find out how much each house costs.
All three properties are situated in the Redlands district, south-east
of Brisbane and within easy reach of the Rogers' rented accommodation.
It's a bustling location, close to the sea and local businesses,
with its own open-air shopping market.
With so much going on, it should be tailor-made for new arrivals.
The first stop is at this three-bedroom house in Capalaba -
an area popular with young families like the Rogers.
But will they agree?
-First impressions, I really like it.
-Yeah, me too. I'm so excited!
Oh, look, straight into the kitchen.
Oh, it's massive!
-It is amazing.
-I'm loving the French doors.
So do I. We've always wanted French doors.
Be careful you don't drive straight into the lounge.
-Not a bad sized room.
-Oh, wow, look, Oliver.
-I don't really like it, do you?
-Oh, yeah, I do. It's nice.
Because it's really untidy and it's got no beds.
It's a great start, even if Ellis is a little worried about
the sleeping arrangements. But there is plenty more to see.
Whose room do you think this one might be?
-I like it.
Yeah, it's lovely.
This is lovely.
Ellis is happy, but what about the rest of the family?
So that's three bedrooms, then.
-It's still a decent size.
Oh, wow, look at this! You're going to love this one, Ty.
Yeah, look at that.
You've always wanted one of these, haven't you?
-Oh, and it's got two...
-Perfect, we can shower together.
Yeah, shower together.
Obviously, no bath, but...
I like it.
-This is Mummy's special room.
No, it's not Mummy's special room, it's where the washing machine is.
With only three bedrooms, space could be
a problem for a family of five, but Ellis may have found a fourth.
It's quite a nice space to cool off, isn't it? Ellis, out.
-I found a bedroom for me.
-Get out. You're not having a bedroom in there.
That would solve the problem, wouldn't it, of four bedrooms?
Come on, let's go down here, look at this. We could have a pool here.
-Look, Ellis, you could grow all your vegetables here.
Yeah, my sweetcorn!
-Can we live here?
It may lack a fourth bedroom,
but this house seems to have gone down well with everyone.
But can its price keep up the good mood?
The Rogers are willing to spend up to £220,000,
so will they be able to afford it?
-What do you think? I think it's top end.
-I don't know. I don't know.
OK, Ellis, do you want to turn it over?
I think we could do that, do you think?
-I thought it'd be a lot more than that.
-Yeah, so did I.
I thought it was going to be way above.
-Did you think it would be over the budget?
-Yeah, I did.
What do you think about this house?
-Can you imagine us all living here?
-It's quite a good house.
I could imagine myself living here, but...
-Do you think we'd fit in all right?
-Imagine me there washing up...
-Pleased with your bedroom size?
-Fancy having a pool in the back garden?
-It'd be quite nice.
-It would be nice, wouldn't it? It would be nice.
Under budget, but undersized.
It's a mixed result for Ty and Tasha
and Oliver's looking far from sold on Aussie homes.
So could property two offer them more, without breaking the bank?
It's a three-bedroom property in the Cleveland area of Redlands,
close to Moreton Bay, a popular location for watersports.
Ooh, check this out!
The house is situated in a gated community with a communal pool.
It's been fully refurbished, leaving it with an upside-down layout.
-Oh, it's lovely. Oh, yeah.
-Wow, the kitchen is nice, look, Ty.
-Yeah, very modern.
-We weren't expecting that at all, were we?
-Not at all.
-What do you think?
-I really like it.
-Were you expecting that?
-No, nor me.
First impressions seem good,
but Ty's less than happy with the outdoor space.
Not much of a view.
-Would you want a view?
-Yeah, I'd love a view.
When you've got a balcony, it'd be nice to sit and look out.
It would, actually.
The view isn't a hit,
but can this house offer the all-important space the Rogers need?
-Oh, wow, look, a bike!
An enormous garage certainly helps.
You could even convert this.
You could do something with this, couldn't you?
You could get a toilet, a shower room and everything,
-as well as a bed, couldn't you?
-It's big enough.
-A little en suite, or something.
He could have his own entrance.
Yeah, a door. Convert that as a door and window.
A little granny flat.
Or maybe an Ollie flat.
What's in there?
-This is my office.
-This is your office?
Wow, this is lovely.
It's not a very big room, but it looks big
because it's so clean looking, isn't it?
-Fingers crossed, there's a bigger bedroom.
So what's in here?
-The master bedroom.
-This is lovely.
It's a shame. It has enough bedrooms for us all, but...
You look at the living area, that's what's small.
Not that we're looking for a huge living area,
because we want to live most of the time outdoors
on the veranda, patio, whatever.
But obviously, we need it a little bit bigger than that.
I don't think it's for us,
-but it'll be interesting to see how much it costs.
Despite their positive thinking, it looks as if
the house isn't the right fit for Ty and Tasha.
Even with an Ollie flat.
So will its price be the final blow?
Bearing in mind we're in a gated community, and there's a pool,
how much do you think it's going to be?
I wouldn't like to put a price on it, to be honest.
We could be anywhere, we don't feel as if...
We haven't got that outdoor living
-that we'd like from Australia.
-The outdoor living's too small.
Let's have a look. Do you want to turn it over?
Oh, crikey! Yeah.
I thought it was going to be cheaper than that. That's a relief.
I'm glad it's not cheap.
Then you feel as if you have a dilemma.
It's another disappointment.
At £216,000, this house is right at the top end of their budget,
and wouldn't leave much spare cash to convert the garage.
Finding a home that appeals to everyone is looking like
a tough task for Ty and Tasha.
They have just one more stop to make.
The final house is located in the affluent Alexandra Hills area,
14 miles south of central Brisbane.
With a large garden and modern open-plan interior,
on paper, this house sounds promising.
But can the reality deliver?
This is nice. I like it.
-This is what you imagined, isn't it?
-If you lived in Australia.
That's a big relief. But is there room for everyone?
-What we could do...
-I know what you're thinking.
Put a wall across here and have this as a bedroom.
I was thinking the same thing.
This is what we're looking for. This is a space we could utilise,
turn it into a bedroom.
Do you think you could see yourself in this house?
Tasha, ten out of ten for effort!
But Ollie is sticking to his guns.
-The double garage.
-Look at this.
You could cut it down to a single garage, another bedroom.
I reckon this is three bedrooms, with the potential for two more.
What do you think?
We don't know how many bedrooms it's got, so let's find out.
Let's go and find out.
There are only three bedrooms,
so Ty may have to give up his garage to make space for everyone.
But in the master bedroom, storage isn't a problem.
Oh! Walk-in wardrobe.
Summer, look at that. A walk-in wardrobe. Oh, my God. Wow!
That's so cool!
-This is the one, isn't it?
-This is the one.
Sign me up, baby.
I bet it's way above our budget though.
This house seems to offer almost everything the Rogers wanted
in their ideal Aussie home, but can they afford it
on their £220,000 budget?
This will be the moment of truth.
That's out a bit, isn't it?
Just a little bit.
We say it's out a bit,
but we might both get well-paid jobs, and then we could afford it.
Until we've looked into that, all's not lost.
-What do you think of this house, do you think it's cool?
What do you like about it most?
-It's nice, open-plan.
Good, I'm glad you're happy.
It's been an eye-opening day for the Rogers.
The first house was affordable,
but it didn't have that
all-important fourth bedroom.
The second had potential,
but would have stretched
their budget to make room
for everyone. And the final house
seemed a perfect fit.
It even impressed Ollie.
But all that promise
came at a very high price.
So how will they vote?
We've had a great day today, looking at all three properties.
It's given us an insight of what it's going to be like
living in Australian properties,
so on that note, we're going to vote...
-Yeah, you're England.
That surprises me.
-I thought you said you liked the houses.
I voted UK because no matter how amazing the houses were,
because they're incredible, I don't reckon Australia will be my home.
The properties I saw in Australia today,
they met my expectations.
I didn't think we'd be able to see houses like that
within our budget, so I'm pleased. I thought I'd be disappointed,
but I could definitely see me living in those properties.
Despite some hefty price tags,
Ty and Tasha were won over with Australian property,
even if Ollie was less convinced,
but with homes looking expensive, it puts the pressure on Ty and Tasha
to find good work opportunities.
Having spent years retraining, back at home, Ty is now an electrician.
He earns around £24,000 a year.
If I can secure the right job in Australia,
then, yeah, it can be everything I want it to be.
-Bye, kids, see you later!
Today, he'll have a chance to find out
whether all that effort has been worthwhile.
He knows exactly what's at stake.
The whole move revolves around
having a better family life,
and spending quality time with the family, with the children.
So it's a little bit nerve-wracking.
If I don't get the right results, or hear the right things
I want to hear, then it could end everything.
He is meeting Steve, a fellow Brit, who left the UK
looking for a new start in Australia.
Eight years on, he now runs his own electrical company.
I hear that you want to try looking at being a sparkie over here.
I think the best way to do that, we jump in the van,
we'll drive round the road and we'll take it from there.
-Excellent, that's great.
Ty's qualifications are key to the Rogers getting visas but, faced with
high property costs, a second income could be every bit as important.
So Tasha's heading to a local YMCA to meet Brad, the manager.
She hopes returning to a job she loves might help to afford the move.
So you've obviously been in the fitness industry for a little while
in the UK. What sort of things have you done there?
-Give me a run-down of where you've been, what you've done.
legs, bums and tums, yoga, circuits.
We are always constantly on the lookout for instructors,
whether they be fill instructors,
which gets your foot in the door. Right now, I'm looking to fill,
probably, six classes a week.
A good instructor gets a lot of work. A great instructor,
you'll never be out of work.
That's exactly what Tasha wanted to hear.
But what about the salary?
Income-wise, you're talking anywhere from 40 to 60 dollars per class,
depending on which particular class,
or if you were to do three full-time days a week -
part-time, but three full-time days - you're probably talking,
over the course of a year, about 30,000 for the year.
How does that salary compare to what you might earn in the UK?
Yeah, really good. I'm really pleased with that. Yes.
That's around £20,000 a year -
about 13,000 more than Tasha earns in the UK.
And working part time here would leave her
plenty of time for the family.
But it's Ty who must find a job to win them their visas.
One of the big worries for me is, I'll have to come over here
and I'd have to throw myself into a job straightaway.
How easy will it be for me to start working?
Once you've got your training permit with your input,
you should be able to get a full licence within six months.
Once you've got your licence, you can work anywhere.
What about that all-important bottom line?
What sort of wage can a sparky expect to earn over here?
At first, you're only going to be on a training permit.
You need to get a job.
They are not going to pay you the full rate,
so you're going to be on anywhere between 24-28 an hour.
Then you can be looking at 28 to 32, maybe 34.
-How does that sound to you?
-It sounds brilliant, amazing, to be honest.
Just the sort of answers I'm looking for.
Steve seems to be giving Ty all the right answers,
but he has one last question before he leaves.
Any chance of a job?
Look, come back when you've got your permit and we might look at it.
What I can do is, why don't you come round tonight
for an Aussie barbie with a few friends of mine?
-Then we can have a chat.
-My first Australian barbecue,
-There you go. Let's go.
After a day at work, both Ty and Tasha's prospects look good.
Before they head out for a taste of Aussie tucker,
they meet up to compare notes.
-How did it go?
-Do you need any more training?
I've got to do a bit more training while I'm over here.
But I can still work before I do the training
and then get my certificates.
Once I've got my certificates, then I'm an approved electrician.
-So, important, how much can you earn?
Once I've qualified, which can take anything...
six months plus,
we can go up to £45,000 and then upwards.
-Yeah. Great news.
-You'll be on more money training
than you would fully qualified in the UK.
That looks like two very happy Rogers.
I wonder which way they will vote!
I've had a great day, finding out what it will be like
-working in Australia.
-I've also had a great day.
Based on that, I'm going to vote...
With a big leap in their income a real possibility,
it's a huge boost for Ty and Tasha's hopes of emigrating.
Steve's barbie seems the perfect way to celebrate.
The Australian way!
After checking out their work prospects, both Ty and Tasha
are even more convinced their future lies in Australia.
But there are still plenty of obstacles
standing in the way of their plans.
So will finding out how much they can earn from the sale
of their home provide them with answers or even more questions?
To fund their move, it's vital the Rogers raise every penny they can
from the sale of their house in Weston-super-Mare.
Cool, that's our house!
They believe it's worth £145,000.
But will two local estate agents agree?
Smallish kitchen, a range of basic units. Built-in cooker and hob.
Another nice, light room. Good-sized double.
Built-in bedroom furniture.
It's your bedroom!
It's a reasonable sized second bedroom.
Looks like it's home to a little girl and a hamster.
-I guess it's a teenager's. He's got his surfboard ready.
Modern, white bathroom suite, with a shower over the bath,
and some quite funky black tiles.
That's right, yeah.
I believe the property will be quite sought after.
It's a popular area and it has a good-sized garden.
I would say with the current market conditions,
-my valuation would be between £142,000 to £145,000.
That's pretty good, isn't it?
A reasonable sized house, three-bedroom family home.
I would value the house between £135,000 to £145,000.
-I'll take the first one.
But it's what we thought, or maybe a bit more. It's good.
Yeah, I'm pleased.
The valuations are almost exactly what Ty and Tasha were hoping for.
Everything now hangs on the cost of living.
We've prepared a breakdown of the family's expenses.
Based on their calculations, they will find out
if they can afford to live down under.
There's some things that are a little bit more expensive here.
There's quite a lot of things that are cheaper here.
UK, for our shopping list, £105.04.
In Australia, it's £125.54.
The weekly food shop in Australia
is slightly more expensive than back home.
But the monthly mortgage could be a dealbreaker.
-Obviously, house number three is the one we prefer.
The repayments are quite high.
Would we be paying 1,468, if we wanted that house?
That's a huge leap in the family expenses.
-£660 a month more...
-..than what we're paying at the moment.
So it's all down to whether their Australian salaries
can cover the difference.
Me, 32, Tasha, £20,000.
Combined of £52,000.
£775 a month more.
With both Ty and Tasha earning, how do the numbers finally add up?
£125 a month better off here.
-That is good.
Because obviously, we're better off. £125 a month better off.
So we can live in the house that we want
and we're better off.
-And that is on my lowest wage.
-That's on your lowest wage as well.
Until I get my permits. Like I say, it's going to go up.
-That's me just doing three days a week as well.
-That is really good.
-That is good news, isn't it?
It's a fantastic result and my money is firmly on another vote for Oz.
Based on the cost of living in Australia,
we are going to be voting...
With their dream looking affordable,
Ty and Tasha look ready to pack their bags for good.
But amidst all the positive news, there's still one person who's
yet to buy into the idea of living down under. Could sampling
the lifestyle convince Oliver that Australia could offer him
a future too?
The Rogers have an active family life back home. For Ty, spending
time on a classic Aussie beach is exactly what they came all this way
Coming to Australia, it's not the whole thing about
earning lots of money and being rich, it's all about this.
Spending time with the family, on the beach,
in the sunshine, in the sea, and just chilling.
Both Ty and Tasha are hoping that it's this lifestyle
that could win Ollie round to their dream.
We've definitely seen a change in Oliver this week. He's loved
every minute of it. You know, he's enjoyed, sort of, just relaxing,
chilling out and having fun, which somebody of his age
should be doing.
I just really hope he chooses Australia.
They've spent all week avoiding one big question,
but now it's time for mother and son to have a heart-to-heart.
-Do you want to stay in the UK?
-You don't think you might even just give it a go?
I don't understand why.
-It's just no.
-Just... Just no.
-Because I want you to, and you're stubborn?
-Can you understand our frustration that you're quite resistant?
-And don't feel as if I'm abandoning you?
-No, definitely not.
It's a difficult conversation for Ollie and Tasha, and a reminder of
the painful choice they will soon be facing.
What am I supposed to do? Not come, not bring Ellis and Summer
over here and have this wonderful childhood that they could have
because he doesn't want to come over? He might decide that he'll
come over in the end, it all might work out. Because if I stay in the UK
and think that he wasn't going to come over, he might come over!
Then you think, well, is it worth it,
is it worth, you know, the nice scenery,
is it worth leaving my child behind for that? It's incredibly selfish,
isn't it? It's the lifestyle we're moving out here for, so if he could
vote Australia on the lifestyle, then I'd be happy that he'll understand
why I'm doing it.
With emotions running high,
taking time out could be just what's needed.
For Ollie, it's a chance to indulge a favourite hobby - free running.
Away from the family, he opens up.
So far, I'm finding Australia very...different.
I am slowly falling in love with the place.
Even if I chose not to move to Australia, I could still imagine
my family living here without me. If I'm completely honest,
I'd be jealous of them, but I don't think I'd mind, purely because of
what they want to do. I'd mind, I'd miss 'em, but I'd just go over
and see them now and then, for a couple of months.
It looks like Ollie's heart is still firmly in the UK, but making
such a huge decision has him torn.
It's harder now, because I've got a lot of choices,
to pick which one I want to do, because I realise to myself,
it's not only my dad, I've got two other brothers and sisters.
It's kind of like, it seems weird because it kind of looks like,
to my mum and dad, pick which one you love more.
That's a tough position for anyone to handle and Ollie's under
a lot of pressure. So has he enjoyed the lifestyle enough
to vote for Australia?
We've had a great time
sampling the Australian lifestyle, and now it's time to vote.
-Ooh, OK, interesting.
-How come you're undecided, Summer?
-Because I absolutely love
the Australian lifestyle, but it wouldn't be a lifestyle
without friends and family.
-Fair enough. Oliver?
-Basically the same, in that I love
the Australian lifestyle, but at the same time, I've grown used to
what mine is and I like the way mine is going at the moment.
That's it, really, I just don't know.
Their taste of the Aussie lifestyle was a bittersweet experience
for the Rogers and Summer's vote was a reminder of everything
they'd be leaving if they chose to move down under.
So will seeing messages from their loved ones
put all their plans back on hold?
With Ellis having an early night, Ty and Tasha are happy to watch
their families' messages with Ollie and Summer.
-Hello! Hope you're all having a wonderful time.
Hello, gang. Hope all is well.
Ty's not only my son, he's my best mate.
He is such a great lad
and they're pretty happy over there. They're all together, ain't they?
Tasha, as a daughter, is a very good daughter.
She's very loving...
It was a bit of a shock when she suddenly announced to us that
she was considering emigrating to Australia.
I think every opportunity,
you should take, and I've always told my children that.
You must take them, if you're able to,
because they don't come around very often.
Oliver, I would just miss his sense of humour,
and the messages he sends me. And Summer, I'd just miss her,
I like to be in her company. And Ellis,
he's just terrific, he makes me laugh.
Of course we'll miss you here, but we can only hope for the best
for all of you and I think this would be a good thing for you to do.
Whatever you do, we'll support you in every way.
-God bless you all.
-We love you all.
We love you so much.
For me, it's really painful, just watching that
-I've upset my mum and dad.
-We're getting to the age now
where we've got to make that decision to go, because if we don't
do it now, it's going to be too late, we won't ever be able to go.
I think we'll be, sort of, regretting that
for the rest of our lives, if we don't try.
Leaving the people you love is always the biggest cost
of emigrating, but for Ty, Tasha and Ollie, it's a price
they may well have to pay for the lives they want.
After years of planning their Australian dream,
it's time for the Rogers to make their final decision.
Coming to Australia and being able to sample the lifestyle and the life
that we could have, I think it's been a real success.
I have really enjoyed watching the kids this week.
They've really opened up to the fact of just
being kids, they've just enjoyed themselves.
All I can think about at the moment is trying to get Oliver to come.
I get angry, upset, confused about the situation I'm in,
because I just kind of think, how ironic!
Out of everyone else in Weston,
it has to be my parents who want to move.
Do I not come? Do I say we're not going because Oliver isn't coming
and then he might think, I would have liked to have come, you know,
I have been telling her for years, I'm not going.
Or do I come and then hopefully, he'll just...he might follow?
I reckon she'll still go for it,
even if it means having to leave me behind.
But, you know, he'll be a grown man soon.
It's a massive decision,
but with their week in Brisbane over,
which life will the Rogers choose?
-So, undecided. How come?
-Because I absolutely love it here and I would
love to live here, but it's just, like...
It's just the pull of family and friends?
-And why are you undecided?
Erm, because I like here.
I really want to live here, so...
-Okey-dokey, and no surprises with you, then!
-No, I just, like Summer,
I love it here, I'd love to live here, but just too much
to leave family and friends just yet.
So maybe it's not a complete no?
-Maybe a 75?
After a week to remember, Ty and Tasha's Australian dream
hung in the balance, with Oliver and Summer still unable to be won over
with the idea of emigrating to Australia. So I have come to
Weston-super-Mare to find out
what has happened since the family got back a few weeks ago,
and to see if anyone has had a change of heart.
The Rogers stayed on a few weeks and got to know more of Australia,
but after returning home,
there's been a development in Ollie's life.
The bottom line is, his dad's requested that he stays in the UK
until he is 18, so you've two years to wait until he can make the move,
should he want to. But if he decides not to emigrate to Australia,
are you two confirmed on going?
Still lies with Tasha, whether she can...if Oliver doesn't decide
to come, then whether we make the big decision of going without him.
God, I don't quite know. Oh, dear.
-It's not easy, is it?
I'm sure you both really appreciate it must be so tough for Oliver,
because at 18, in a way, he is being asked to choose between
-his mum or his dad.
-I think, if it comes to it and he's not sure,
then I will just say, I will always be here for you,
but instead of thinking about, "Do I want to stay with my mum,
"or do I want to stay with my dad?", you're your own person,
with your own life to lead
and you have to think which country you'd prefer to see yourself
living in, not actually who's there. And just,
you know, be true to yourself, really.
But in your heart of hearts, you struggle to see yourself on that
-flight without him, don't you?
-Yes, definitely, yeah.
-Both of you.
-Yeah. Yeah, definitely.
-I'm going to go again.
So in an ideal world, Oliver, at 18, which is the crunch time, really,
when you've got to decide if you are going to go out or not, you are
going to be a young person, you'll have left school, the world is your
oyster. And in a way, I suppose, you've got to think about you,
as well as your family, but you've also got to think what's right
for you, for your future.
-My dream is to buy a Volkswagen van and travel Australia.
-With your mates?
-That would be wicked.
-So, after school, you could
-see yourself perhaps travelling round Oz?
-I'll let you know.
-that's quite a good ratio now.
but it's not 50, and it's not over 50. It's just...
Hey, you've still got two more years to decide. You're not going
-anywhere until you're 18, so...
-I know, yeah.
Since you've been home, you haven't really discussed Australia
-with your mum and Ty, have you?
-Not really, no.
Shall we nip downstairs, now I've got you altogether,
-see what you're all thinking?
-Come on, then.
Two years, big decisions to be made for the whole family. If they decide
to emigrate to Australia, do you think you might go out
and visit them, go travelling?
I'd definitely visit them.
I definitely will go travelling, but I still don't know
if I'd live over there,
but I'd definitely go travelling. Definitely.
-Would you get on the plane, to come over with us?
-You could start
the travelling, at the same time, couldn't you? We could all go over
together and then you can travel from there.
Yeah, I would.
-It's a start.
-Yes, that is a start.
-We'll go with that.
For Oliver, it was never going to be easy trying to keep everybody happy,
but when he turns 18, it sounds like he is desperate to go travelling,
and Australia is in his sights.
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