FRENCH CONNECTION: Marie Daix is this week’s Girl Friday.
FRENCH CONNECTION: Marie Daix is this week’s Girl Friday. Andrew Morgan

French woman settles in Gladstone after travel

FRENCH woman Marie Daix has spent four years travelling around Australia - and for the past year she has called Gladstone home.

She has lived in Australia while on a working visa, and has enjoyed the weather and laid-back environment.

"I did one trip with a friend from France in July and August… we hired a van and travelled from Alice Springs to Darwin and then to Cairns and Sydney - that was a big road trip," she said.

"I like seeing new places and meeting new people and finding out about cultures. It really opens up your mind."

She is a full-time employee at Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours as a youth inclusion officer.

Ms Daix started at the organisation as a volunteer.

"I've realised how strong this community is (since starting at WIN) and I didn't know there was so many people from different countries (living here).

"We have people from Africa, Asia, America… and then we see some locals come to our events too, which is nice because they're interested in meeting new people and making the community more inclusive."

On her weekends Ms Daix attends community events or travels to nearby towns or cities.

"If someone says do you want to go away for a weekend, I'll be up for it," she said.

Some of her favourite places to visit have been Agnes Water and Airlie Beach.



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