FAREWELL TOAST: Christie (middle) with friends Shannon and Cathy, whom she left behind in Cairns.
FAREWELL TOAST: Christie (middle) with friends Shannon and Cathy, whom she left behind in Cairns. Contributed

Family in Calliope spurs move from Cairns

FROM Cairns all the way down the coast to Gladstone is the way Christie Cadwell, her husband Sam and their daughter Maddison have travelled.

Christie, 26, said she moved to Calliope just three months ago to be closer to family.

"My hubby Sam works in Customs as a marine instructor and will be based in Brisbane, so while he's away I wanted to be closer to family," she said.

"Maddison is only nine months old so it will be great for her to grow up around her grandparents."

But just how strong the family environment is, took Christie by surprise.

"Cairns is a single town, but here there's family groups and everything," she said.

"It's definitely going to help when Sam's away three months at a time."

Christie's parents moved to Calliope too not long ago and are settling like Christie.

"They moved down here for work six months ago and bought a house to renovate it, and since I've been here I've already been lending a hand with the painting," she said.

"I really like Calliope so my husband and I will be looking to get some land and start our own project.

"I have plans to live in town for a little while."

And everything has been going smoothly for the Cadwell family since they moved out of a donga and into their own home, complete with pets.

"I bought down my two dogs too, one's a border collie and the other a staffy-cross kelpy," she said.

"The next step is getting a job."

Getting a job in town, could prove challenging, but Christie said she's keeping optimistic.

"I am on the lookout for work at the moment, I've just finished studying counselling and community services and the dream is to be a child safety officer," she said.

"But until I start work I've just been enjoying what the town has to offer, including a night out last weekend with some new friends, to Harvey Road Tavern to see Savage's performance."

She has found the heat is not unlike that in Cairns.

"It's pretty warm here and I think I bought the humidity with me," she said.

And the only way to escape the heat is a trip to the beach, which is exactly what the couple has in mind.

"Because Sam's so into diving we're definitely heading over to Heron Island for a diving expedition," she said.



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