Real estate agents confident of future
RE/MAX Gold sales associate Ros Waters knows all too well the fears local residents have about the future and development of this town.
In her time she says she's seen countless people pack up and leave, but said that there was no reason for it.
"Around 2011 lots of people left to places like Bundy but they were mainly retirees," she said.
"The young ones that left though, because of the so-called 'bust', made a mistake because Gladstone is always growing."
Ms Waters said that despite the research the Gladstone property market was looking promising.
"What I'm seeing is young families move here, mainly for the husbands because of the commissioning of the LNG projects," she said.
"The next phase will be people purchasing property and looking to become long-term residents.
"This is just what we need because in the past it's been a FIFO-ruled town."
The FIFO numbers have decreased, infrastructure has improved and property is more affordable than ever.
"We've also got first-home buyers moving here because it's currently a lot cheaper than renting," she said.
"I think people are finally seeing the diversity of the region.
"We've got a lot for young people, from schools to traineeships to apprenticeships and the university, all on the doorstep of the reef."
Ms Waters said although Gladstone did cop a bit of flack, residents pulled together when they needed to.
"Holistically we've got so much to be positive about," she said.
"We're well situated and we have lots to offer in terms of development.
"When Gladstone booms again, we're well equipped for it and because of that, if I was ever going to back somewhere, it'd be here."