HAPPY ARRIVAL: Jasmine Todd, this week’s Girl Friday, enjoys the Gladstone lifestyle.
HAPPY ARRIVAL: Jasmine Todd, this week’s Girl Friday, enjoys the Gladstone lifestyle. Tegan Annett

Kiwi expat loves Port City and physio job

MAKING friends that she considers more like family was one of the best things about living in Gladstone for this week's Girl Friday.

New Zealand-born Jasmine Todd moved from her home town, Auckland, to Gladstone in June.

Although she loves Gladstone she said there were many things she wouldn't do the Aussie way.

"For me, I won't ever call them thongs, they're jandals," she laughed.

She said at first, it felt scary to move to another country.

But it wasn't long before the local physiotherapist made some great friends.

"I'm really happy here.

"I have a good group of friends, which makes it a lot easier. We're always going camping or to Awoonga Dam to go tubing.

"We do something every weekend," she said.

Moving to Australia saw Ms Todd take on a different culture and way of living - which involved humid heat and more animals that "can kill you".

"It feels like everything can kill you here. In New Zealand we don't have snakes or spiders.

"I've seen one brown snake since I've been here.

"We were camping and my friend pointed it out ... I jumped straight on top of the chilly bin (esky) and freaked out," she said.

At Christmas last year Ms Todd visited her family in New Zealand for a month.

She was surprised that even after spending a summer holiday in Thailand, she still could not wait to return to Gladstone.

"I did miss Gladstone and I missed my job too," she said.

For the past two months she has worked at Gladstone Physio and Fitness as a physiotherapist.

"The main reason I moved over here was because the money for physio is a lot better. I've been sending some money back to my family to help them out too," she said.

"My dream would be to be a pediatric physiotherapist.

"As much as I like what I'm doing now with sports injuries - working with children would be the dream job," she said.



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