Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

{Welcome Mat and a Cuppa} {New Residents at Home}

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

{Welcome Mat and a Cuppa} {New Residents at Home}

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Byline: KELLI DOWNEY

STARTING afresh in a new location, not knowing a soul can be a daunting prospect.

But it's amazing how much power a cuppa, some tasty morning tea treats and an unexpected chat can hold when it comes to making the uncertain and unfamiliar all that more clearer.

That was just the case for a handful of the Gladstone region's newest citizens who gathered in Boyne Island on Thursday to be officially welcomed to the community they now call home.

It was in informal meet and greet of sorts, and part of a new initiative being run by Gladstone regional council under the banner of the regular 'Welcome to the Gladstone Region Morning Teas'.

Huddled together in one corner of the Boyne Tannum Community Centre's Heron Room were Jenny Blackwell, Vicki Lette and Jackie Fyvie. Women who have all been lured to Tannum Sands courtesy of their husband's work. Vicki is no stranger to the region, living here 18 years ago.

She said the region had changed dramatically since being here last.

"I LOVE the freedom and lifestyle it offers our children," Vicki said.

Moving from Brisbane, Vicki said the move had been like moving to a country town.

Standing nearby was young mum Helena Malone, holding her daughter Natalie, and Myriam Sabariz who eagerly stated it was three weeks to the day since they had relocated to Calliope in search of a 'tree change'.

Hailing from Wollongong, the family packed their bags to the rapidly-expanding township of Calliope which they are already becoming quite fond of.

"Although Gladstone is a similar size (to Wollongong) the people here are much more approachable and actually talk to you," Helena said.

"It's such a laidback lifestyle here - it's great.

"My eldest daughter Emily is enrolled in Prep at Calliope and is enjoying it."

Then there was lawyer Kabkeo Phillips who had been living in Gladstone since leaving Laos two months ago. …

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