'Why I'll still apply for a job in Gladstone'
SAMIAL Hasnat and his family would dearly love to be still in Gladstone, but they have had to move north to Mackay to find work.
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In July 2012 Mr Hasnat, his wife Rawnak and seven-year-old son Kaashif moved to Gladstone from Bangladesh.
Before coming here they had never heard of Gladstone, but they found the region one they didn't want to leave.
"We found that we could go anywhere we wanted to in 10-15 minutes; there were no traffic jams, and it was a very comfortable place to live," he said.
Mr Hasnat, a mechanical engineer, was initially employed in an engineering firm as a machinist. However, that firm closed its doors as the work dried up and so he joined another engineering company. But it was in a similar position and the work dried up there as well.
"I could see that it just wasn't going to work out so I applied for, and won a position in a firm in Mackay as a design engineer, which is where my skills lie.
"But we'd dearly love to come back to Gladstone. We love the place. We went to the marina and Spinnaker Park just about every afternoon, and we were often at Tannum Sands and many of the other beautiful places around the region.
The family has found the move to Australia generally to be a very rewarding one.
"Bangladesh was very, very busy. It was a hectic place to live, and we found the traffic jams very hard to cope with.
"In Gladstone there is no great rush, nobody is in a great hurry, and there are no holdups.
"If a job came up back in Gladstone right now that suited me, I'd take it.
"In fact, I am still applying for jobs there because we loved our time there so much."