Goldie girl enjoys relaxed pace in Gladstone

GOOD MOVE: Tanya Lucas has moved away from the hustle and bustle and loves the lifestyle Gladstone has to offer.
GOOD MOVE: Tanya Lucas has moved away from the hustle and bustle and loves the lifestyle Gladstone has to offer. Campbell Gellie

TANYA Lucas has only been in Gladstone for nine weeks but the Gold Coast girl is already starting to slow down.

After six and a half years of flights she decided to move the family up to be with her husband Jack.

"I'm loving the people, everyone is really, really friendly. It's got a relaxed feel about it. That's what Gladstone's got," she said.

"I'm actually quite enjoying it at the moment. I don't miss the hustle and bustle."

Tanya said she enjoys making things.

"I make dream-catchers and hanging pot plants made out of moss," she said.

"The hanging pot plants are actually really good."

Tanya has six children with Jack, aged seven, 15, 17, 21 and two 24-year-olds.

The three eldest stayed on the Gold Coast, but the other three have made the move north.

"We thought it might have been a little bit of a struggle for them, learning how to have fun again instead of partying," she said.

"They're settling in okay. Jack the 17-year-old works with my husband. Joel the 15-year-old struggled at first, but has found friends and enjoying it.

"And Tayla the seven-year-old is a beautiful little tom-boy. We have motorbikes and she just loves going out riding and coming home filthy in the afternoon."

The family moved out to acreage in Beecher and have added to their already large family.

"So we have few little chickens, goats and just purchased a little piggy," she said.

"The chickens don't have names but the goats are Chanel, that's my one, Laurie and the pig is Pinky."

Despite the change of pace and not having to fly anymore, there are some things Tanya misses.

"I miss the beaches, but we spend a lot of time at Tannum Sands and go for a drive every weekend to places like 1770 and Agnes Water," she said.

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