Couple needs work to stay, mayoral role would be great
IF Jeanette and Darren Horton were mayors of Gladstone for one day, they would enjoy it because it would mean they were not in Mackay.
The couple has been travelling around looking for work for the last six months and are happy to have landed here.
Darren said they had come down from Mackay because they were not impressed with the town.
"Everyone in Mackay is a bit snobby," he said.
"It's like if you're not a miner you are no one. We didn't muck around, we just got out of there."
He said if they were going to be mayor for the day anywhere, it would be in Gladstone.
"The scenery is beautiful and the people are really nice," he said.
"We are from Newcastle so we are used to the ships and the industry."
Darren said if he found some work in Gladstone they would stay.
"I work as a mechanic and I would just have to get used to the humidity," he said.
"It's nothing like this where we are from."
Despite the heat, the couple said they would choose Gladstone over everywhere else.
"We have lived in New South Wales for over 50 years and this place really feels like Queensland," he said.
"I would love to be running the show around here if I could get the job."