Why we love liv­ing in Glad­stone re­gion

The Observer - - NEWS - Chris­tine Mckee Chris­tine.Mckee@glad­sto­neob­server.com.au

AS THE staff at Rose­berry House pre­pare to move next year to big­ger, brighter premises on Daw­son Rd,

The Ob­server dropped in to find out who’s who, why they live here and why they stay in Glad­stone.

For gen­eral man­ager Colleen Tribe, Tues­day’s pri­or­i­ties were pre­par­ing a ten­der for the fed­eral funded Par­ents Next pro­gram and to check on progress in the build­ing, which is on track for a Fe­bru­ary 2018 move.

De­spite the usual hic­cups, things are mov­ing along well.

Once com­pleted it will house Rose­berry’s hous­ing depart­ment, Youth and Fam­ily Ser­vices and ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Colleen moved with her hus­band to Tan­num Sands from Bris­bane 20 years ago.

The for­mer school teacher took up a po­si­tion at Tan­num Sands State School and planned to stay for two years.

“I didn’t like it at first,” she read­ily ad­mit­ted.

“Be­ing away from friends and the life­style of a big­ger city was hard. We lived at Tan­num Sands and it was beau­ti­ful but small with not much there.

“I missed the shops and the con­ve­nience.

“Then some­thing just changed and I started to love the place, the life­style.

“You have to make it work for you. I just thought I had to change my at­ti­tude be­cause the town’s not go­ing to change it for me.

“I did and I re­ally love Glad­stone.

“There’s a lot of knock­ers here but I think they haven’t em­braced the life­style and the nice­ness of the town.

“It’s a nice lit­tle town – there’s hardly any graf­fiti, it’s kept nice and there’s beau­ti­ful parks.

“There’s al­ways some­thing go­ing on. Glad­stone has been very good to us.”

Gena Hitzke is Rose­berry’s man­ager of Youth and Fam­ily Ser­vices and she moved here 15 years ago to work and to be closer to fam­ily.

She’s worked in the youth ser­vices in­dus­try for 10 years with the past two years at Rose­berry.

“I guess I akin Glad­stone to a gan­gly teenager in the sense it has a re­ally good soul and it’s just go­ing through its grow­ing stages work­ing out who it is and try­ing on dif­fer­ent iden­ti­ties,” she said.

“I look for­ward to see­ing who it be­comes as an adult, or a ma­ture city.”

Busi­ness man­ager Wendy Marsten was born and bred in the city. Her fam­ily is here and they are the main rea­son she stays.

“It’s near the coast, not that I get to go there very of­ten but I like to be able to see the sea,” she said.

Wendy said any­one think­ing of mov­ing to Glad­stone re­gion should come and check it out.

“Dont be­lieve ev­ery­thing you read,” she said.

❝ Then some­thing just changed and I started to love the place. — Colleen Tribe

PHOTO: MIKE RICHARDS GLA051217ROSE

MOV­ING OUT: Wendy Marsten, Gena Hitzke and Colleen Tribe from Rose­berry House pre­pare to move next year.

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