THE Frost family's move to Australia was influenced by the fact that they fell in love with Tannum Sands when father Richie attended a job interview in the region.

Richie and his wife Lisa Frost have now been enjoying life in the seaside town with their children Grace, 7, Oscar, 4, and Sienna, 3, since the end of October.

The couple originate from Cornwall in the UK, but had lived in the north island of New Zealand since September 2005.

"We actually really enjoyed New Zealand but it was time to go and see Australia," Richie said.

Along with lifestyle that comes with living in a smaller town like Tannum Sands, it was the region's work opportunities that proved a drawcard.

An experienced mine manger, Richie is currently working for Cement Australia at the East End Mine in Mt Larcom.

"There's a great bunch of people out there doing a fantastic job," he said, adding that the work culture consolidated his decision to take up the role.

The whole family now love their new life after making a concerted effort to build social ties.

"When I first arrived, within four days I made sure I joined the kids to playgroup," Lisa said.

"Everyone's in the same boat as well; I haven't met anyone who was born here.

"We've made friends already."

Grace said she has enjoyed seeing all that nature had to offer in the area, including the kangaroos that occasionally hopped up to the family's back fence.

The youngster started at St Francis Catholic Primary School last year and coincidently her school in New Zealand was also called St Francis.

Oscar starts prep at St Francis this year and since moving has taken a liking to cricket.

All the kids are soccer-lovers like their dad and the family plans to sign up to the BITS club this year.

There is likely to be more of the Frost clan coming to Australia soon, with relatives eager to visit, as Lisa is due to give birth to the family's newest addition in March.

Are you new to the Gladstone region? If so, The Observer is always looking for new people to be profiled for Welcome Wednesday; Email newsroom@gladstoneobserver.com.au with your contact details if you are interested in being involved.



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