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Marina the centre of Pat’s work and family life

BEST OF BOTH WORLDS: Pat Laws just loves the Gladstone marina for work or play.
BEST OF BOTH WORLDS: Pat Laws just loves the Gladstone marina for work or play. Christopher Chan

WHETHER it's work or play, for Pat Laws it always involves the water and on good days, fishing.

Mr Laws is lucky enough to spend most of his week in his favourite place in Gladstone - the marina.

An employee of AB Marine Services, Mr Laws has combined his love of fishing with his occupation.

And so it's easy to see why he can't wipe the smile from his face.

"Inside Gladstone the marina would definitely be my favourite place," he said.

"Offshore, it would definitely be Sykes Reef. The water is beautiful and clean. You can't see land in any direction. It is the ultimate escape."

Mr Laws, a volunteer committee member with HookUp for the past decade, has established himself as a local fishing guru.

When quizzed as to why he loves to throw in a line, the answer is the universality of the sport.

"Anyone can do it," he said.

"It doesn't matter whether you're young or old, it teaches you to have an appreciation of marine life and the waterways."

It is an appreciation he hopes he has passed on to his three children, his 10-year-old son in particular.

"He's the only one of my kids who enjoys fishing," he said.

"And he always manages to catch more than I do."

Mr Laws said that in the 22 years he called Gladstone home, the marina had undergone constant change.

"There are a lot more workboats on the water nowadays than there ever used to be," he said.

"The marina has improved a lot over the years, with Spinnaker Park making a huge difference to the amount of people enjoying it."

He said he loved looking out to the water and seeing families making the most of one of Gladstone's most scenic spots.

"It's a great place for families," he said.

"Everyone you see making use of the marina have smiles on their faces. They're either relaxing, exercising or playing."

Topics:  families, fishing, gladstone marina, my special place, outdoors



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