News

OPINION: Is that all it takes to become a Gladstone local?

No Caption
No Caption

LIKE many folk here I'm from somewhere else, but am happy to call Gladstone home.

That is until I shuffle off to one of our city's many retirement villages at Bargara, Hervey Bay or Yeppoon.

Now when the von Bray tribe lobbed into Gladdy in 1976, we discovered the town's locals were a shy and cautious breed so all our friends were blow-ins just like us.

Back then, to qualify as a genuine local, you needed at least four generations of family history here or be able to prove that your sixth finger was starting to grow. I'm just kidding!

Related:

>> WATCH: 1979 vintage car cruise from Gladstone to Cape York

Three generations was usually enough.

So you can imagine my surprise when I heard recently that you only need to put in five years of hard time now to be classified as a local. Five years?

How long does it take to become a Gladstone local?

This poll ended on 26 January 2016.

Current Results

5 years

15%

10 years

15%

20+ years

30%

Family of three generations in Gladstone

2%

Family of four generations in Gladstone

37%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Well bless my thongs, toss me a mudcrab claw and call me a local.

And if you've ever tuned into 4CD, spilled a Frosty Boys' burger down your shirt, swum in Steiner's water hole, drank Capri soft drink and PCD milk, met Cliffy Boles, hooned at the waterfront, been booted out of the town pool by old man Marr or suffered through Silly Solly's ads on RTQ7, then congratulations, you're a local too!

If you're a recent resident, then pop by each week for a blast from the not-so-distant past and, in no time at all, you'll be walking, talking, dressing and plucking your banjo like us locals; until you leave again.

Topics:  gladstone greg bray opinion



WATCH: Passionate Holden fan talks about his pride and joy

END OF AN ERA: Greg Wakefield with his spectacular 1959 FC Holden Special. Like many he was upset that Holden has now gone from the Australian motoring landscape. Take a look back at Holden's history, see Motoring on pages 23-26.

Car cost $5000 to buy and $80,000 to do up

Man charged with supplying 'legally grown' cannabis

'LEGALLY GROWN': The man has been charged with possessing and attempting to supply dangerous drugs.

Man brings drugs into Gladstone for suffering friend.

TRAWLER TRAGEDY: Families join search for loved ones

Police boat heads out from Gladstone Marina on 20 October 2017, in search of 6 missing fisherman.

Some relatives of crewmen on Dianne have travelled across Australia.

Local Partners