NEW REPORTER: Nicky Moffat has just started at The Observer.
NEW REPORTER: Nicky Moffat has just started at The Observer. Mike Richards

New reporter Nicky ready to begin her journey in region

"I GUESS I don't hesitate to do things," newly arrived Observer reporter Nicky Moffat said when discussing her spontaneous 4am train trip from Townsville, where her Mum lives, to check out Gladstone.

The 32-year-old moved from her Melbourne home last week to begin her journey in the region.

"It's such a hub of industry - so many resources flow here," she said when asked why the big move.

"What happens here has an effect beyond the town's borders.

"It's a beautiful place."

Nicky said one of the best things about Queensland was how everyone looked each other in the eye, and actually meant it when they said, how are you doing?

"In Melbourne no-one looks you in the eye because it's exhausting. If you try to do that to every person you'd look like a meerkat," she laughed.

While the new journalist has a bubbly, contagious spirit, there is a serious side to her lovable personality.

Her journey began out bush in 2000 as an environmental activist collecting information about threatened species and getting to know the logging industry.

Nicky spent seven years in Canberra studying forestry and geography, and working for the forestry sector.

She also worked at the Australian National University as a tutor in natural resource management.

She returned to study journalism and after two internships at the Townsville Bulletin and Melbourne's The Age, Nicky took the opportunity to experience regional Queensland.

The reporter hopes to stay long-term in the region, and during her stay she is certain there will be time for her regular hobbies - running, cycling and, "I think I could even be convinced to enjoy fishing".

Are you new to the Gladstone region? If so, The Observer is always looking for new people to be profiled for Welcome Wednesday. Email newsroom@gladstoneobserver.com.au with your contact details if you are interested in being involved.



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