Chance to work a plus after moving from Italy
EMPLOYMENT and gaining her independence were two important benefits to moving to Gladstone for Marica Nodari.
This week's Girl Friday hails from Italy, but she has called Gladstone home since 2013.
She said in her home country it was difficult to find work.
"Italy is getting really bad with finding work," she said. "I moved to Australia because it's a happy island full of businesses.
"I just wanted to save a bit of money here."
Ms Nodari works at Rocksalt as a waitress.
It was her first job working in a restaurant, but she had experience working in pubs and bars previously.
Some of her favourite places in the region include Fraser Island and Heron Island.
"At Heron Island one night it was a full moon over the water - it was like a fairytale, it was just beautiful," she said.
When she is not at work, Ms Nodari said she is at the beach.
"I like going to Tannum Sands - the beach is really nice," she said.
She said her last visit to Italy was in March last year. But catching up with family and friends is expensive.
"I'd prefer to see more of Australia this year instead of going back to Italy again, it's just so expensive," she said.
Ms Nodari has a sponsored working visa which will last for two more years.
"I'm happy to be here in Gladstone and in Australia," she said. "I've made a lot of nice friends here and that's enough for me."