EILEEN Baker is ready to spend her first Christmas in Townsville helping fellow travellers.
Mrs Baker, her husband Graham and children Sean and Casey moved from Bairnsdale in Victoria to Townsville three months ago. Graham is a truck driver. Eileen and Casey, 22, work at the BP Townsville Truck Stop, on the Bruce Highway at Cluden, and both have shifts on Christmas Day.
They all plan to get together at lunch time, between their shifts.
‘‘It will be a blessing if it’s not too busy,’’ Mrs Baker said.
‘‘Christmas used to be exciting when the kids were little. Now it’s about spending time together and relaxing.’’
Her day will comprise a four-hour shift in the kitchen, from 10am to 2pm, and four hours on the petrol bowser console from 2pm to 6pm.
Mrs Baker, who was a child care worker before moving North, said she liked meeting travellers in her new job as console operator, waitress and kitchen hand.
The truck stop had a number of regular customers and had received some bookings for its special Christmas lunch, with ham, roasts, baked vegetables and dessert on the menu.