Tannum Sands like Summer Bay, newcomers say

Cherie Wade pictured with her daughter Eevie.
Cherie Wade pictured with her daughter Eevie. Luka Kauzlaric

TANNUM Sands has already stolen the heart of recent New South Wales escapee Cherie Wade.

"It's such an idyllic little town," said Ms Wade, who arrived just two weeks ago with her husband and two daughters.

"It reminds me of that show Home and Away, you know that town Summer Bay. It's just gorgeous."

The sprightly recruitment consultant left a small business she'd started just six months prior after spying better work for her husband, Daniel Frazer, on Curtis Island.

Her own search for work is proving a little more difficult than she'd thought.

"I'm trying to get recruitment work up here but finding that quite difficult, which people tell me is because work up here is slowing down," she said.

Ms Wade and her daughters, 15-year-old Eevie and 10-year-old Eleena, are living in a tent at Discovery Holiday Park on the Tannum Sands Esplanade, while Mr Frazer works on Curtis Island for weeks at a time.

But the family is not complaining - in fact, they love the camping lifestyle.

"The whole idea is to save money, so we're trying to be a bit thrifty," said Ms Wade, whose work has taken her and her girls as far as Arnhem Land, where she worked in the remote Maningrida community.

"We've lived in snow, we've lived in Arnhem land. It's not a huge challenge," she said.

As a recruitment consultant, Ms Wade is passionate about helping people become self sufficient through employment.

An Aboriginal woman herself, Ms Wade gravitated towards working with indigenous communities, and has since branched out to work with other minority and disadvantaged groups.

Eleena started at Tannum Sands State School on Monday and Eevie is studying by distance education and has applied to work at BigW.

Ms Wade said she was keen to meet locals, including the indigenous communities of the Gladstone region. Phone 0467 000 134.

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