Dentists say farewell before moving south
SUNDAY afternoon was bittersweet for Shruti Gulati and her husband Amit.
The couple are leaving their wonderful community of friends in Gladstone for a permanent position in Tasmania.
"The only reason we are leaving is because I was offered an excellent job in Burnie," said Mr Gulati.
"I couldn't secure full-time work in Gladstone so we are moving so I can support the family."
The couple have lived here for six years and have a four-year-old son, Ruhaan.
They said Gladstone had been very welcoming and friendly.
"We love Gladstone and the community here is wonderful, so we are very excited, but also very sad," Mr Gulati said.
The two dentists said farewell and celebrated friendship and happiness at East Shores with their friends.
More than 20 people brought traditional Indian food including samosas, fruit and desserts.
The adults ate while the kids ran in and out of the water play park.
"We are coming together to say goodbye to a few people who have to leave Gladstone for work and study," said Mrs Gulati.
"Even though many people come and go, Gladstone is so friendly and we will miss it dearly."
Mrs Gulati said her son couldn't wait to see snow.
"He is so excited to be somewhere cold," she said. "It will be a totally different experience for us."