EVENTS WHIZ: Elle Banks is the new functions and events co-ordinator at the Grand Hotel.
EVENTS WHIZ: Elle Banks is the new functions and events co-ordinator at the Grand Hotel. Mike Richards

Long distance relationship had gone long enough

ELLE Banks moved to Gladstone two weeks ago but she already has big plans now she is in town.

She moved to be closer to her partner, but is adamant she will make a name for herself.

"My partner Rowen works at Rio and we've been doing the whole long-distance thing for two years now, which is too long, so I decided to make the move," she said.

"I've been coming up here every couple of weeks so I knew what I was getting myself into and I couldn't refuse when a great job opportunity came along."

She is the newest member of the Grand Hotel staff - taking on the role of functions and events co-ordinator.

"I think it's a good career change," she said.

"And I've worked on heaps of special projects before so I'll be able to bring my best to the Grand."

Coming from Brisbane, Elle previously worked for The Wise Foundation and hosted weddings and charity functions.

"I've got a background at the Rocky Pub, so I knew that Gladstone would be a similar scenario," she said.

"And I covered lots of events and even hosted a parallel social enterprise to that of the G20."

Elle said by her second day in she could tell she'd be kept busy.

"I've already got heaps of events booked in - two this week and five the next," she said.

"And when I'm not working I'm a yoga addict and explorer; there's always something to do."

And high on her list of priorities is meeting people.

"I'll be doing a bit of adventuring, Auckland point lookout for one, and a friend of ours has a boat so trips to the islands will be a definite," she said.



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