RUMOUR has it, once a fortnight a group of ex-Gladstone residents gets together in one of the pubs in Bargara for lunch.

They have dubbed this outing "Gladstone day", standing as a symbol of the past; a lasting memory of what was.

It's no secret many long-term Gladstone residents have chosen not to ride the new wave that hit Gladstone roughly three years ago.

The industry, high rent prices and a growing population were among changes that were enough to drive the most loyal of Gladstone locals out of town.

A common trend and popular location to start a new life - particularly for the older generation - seems to be Bargara near Bundaberg.

Michael Diener and Margaret Diener have lived in Gladstone since 1975 when Mick secured a job at QAL.

"It was the whole reason we moved to Gladstone in the first place," Maggie explained.

But the couple now fear retiring in a working man's town.

"I wouldn't even class it as a place for families these days," Maggie said.

They have decided to get out sooner rather than later, making the move to Bargara next week.



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