The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2004-06-09T13:07:00Z Major international community website launches in Australia 2004-06-09T13:07:00Z major-international-community-website-launches-in-australia www.gumtree.com.au, Londons most popular community website, has launched in Australia. In London the site is the first port of call for Australian travellers and over 500,000 regular users visit the site to find jobs, recruit employees, chat, make friends, meet dates, find accommodation or buy and sell anything from white goods to rugby tickets. With sites launched in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, www.gumtree.com.au offers the same services as the London site. Users can search for flats and houses to rent or share, place and view employment opportunities, buy and sell and use the personal section to make friends or find a partner. The new site is free for users and employers to place an advertisement. To date, over 3,000 advertisements have been posted on the Australian sites and 60,000 visits were recorded in the last month. We hope the new Australian site will be as useful to people as Gumtree in London has been, says gumtree.com founder, Michael Pennington. So far the number of users of Gumtree doubles every six months. Weve launched the new site following requests we received from our London users who are going home. Everyone living in a city, even if its originally home, needs to find a job, a community and somewhere to live. Because people know and trust gumtree.com from their experience of it in London, we are sure the Australian sites will provide an invaluable community base. Gumtree.com in London gets 30 million page impressions a month and now secures 4,400 new flat share ads, 2,000 dating ads, 3,000 buy and sell ads and 2,000 job vacancies postings every week. Founders Michael Pennington and Simon Crookall have both lived overseas, and created the sites because of the difficulties they experienced in settling in a new city. The success of the London site has shown that a strong online community is invaluable in helping people to become established in a city, says Michael.