Ellen Terry was welcomed into the Gladstone Performing Arts Company this year.
Ellen Terry was welcomed into the Gladstone Performing Arts Company this year. Mike Richards

Singing engineer says key to settling in is joining in

ELLEN Terry now calls Gladstone home, and joining groups such as Gladstone Performing Arts Company and Engineers Australia has helped her settle in.

"If you're new to town you need to meet people somehow," she said.

The 23-year-old environmental engineer at Alpha Concepts moved to the region after graduating from the University of Queensland in Brisbane.

Her partner Cameron Black, who she met at UQ's Emmanuel College, and now works as a chemical engineer for QAL, had by chance spotted an advertisement for the job when Ms Terry was searching for vacation work.

Ms Terry grew up in Grafton and said she enjoyed living in another town with a regional feel.

"It's a nice, laidback town," she said of Gladstone.

A singer and flutist, Ms Terry was welcomed into GPAC this year and will perform a duet with Mr Black in a coming show, Musicals Through the Ages.

"I love musicals and performing," she said.

"I didn't expect there to be quite as much of a music scene here."

Ms Terry said the engineering network in the region was strong.

As the region's women in engineering representative for Engineers Australia, she will host a wine and cheese networking night on June 28



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