Population milestone draws near
By NATALIE PEUTnataliep@gladstoneobserver.com.au
QUEENSLAND'S population is expected to hit the four million mark on December 9, and the question is will it be a Gladstone baby?
Gladstone couple Kevin Ward and Tammy Rohrlach's son Zak was a little early for the milestone.
Zak was born at Gladstone Base Hospital on November 19 at 7.30pm following a 36 hour labour which ended in a caesarean.
Tammy said she was incredibly happy, but was shocked to hear the large figure for the state's population.
'It's such a large number, but it still is a small world,' she said.
She said if the number of Gladstone births were anything to go by, it was understandable Queensland was growing quickly.
'During the time I was in hospital recovering, I saw five come in the next day (Sunday ) after Zak was born, another three on Monday and another two on Tuesday morning,' she said.
Tammy said Queensland was the perfect state to bring up a child.
'We moved up here from Victoria and although it's extremely hot, it's going to be the best place to raise our first child,' she said.
'We both have family here which allows us to have a good support system.'
She said Queensland not only had fantastic weather but also a lot of variety and adventure for a family.
'It's got places like Sea World, Dreamworld and plenty of nice venues to take the children,' Tammy said.