WELCOME WEDNESDAY: Singer Sarah Levings embraces Gladstone as new home.
WELCOME WEDNESDAY: Singer Sarah Levings embraces Gladstone as new home.

Fluffy pal is all singer and entertainer needs in Gladstone

SINGING her way from country to country is recent Gladstone arrival Sarah Levings.

The singer and performer moved to our city last month after living her whole life in New Zealand.

"My fiance Dominic moved here in January to work over on the Island and I followed shortly after," she said.

Miss Levings said though the move was hard, bringing her furry companion made life a lot easier.

"I had to ship my little Chinese fluffy powder puff over because I'd be lost without her," she said.

"But I couldn't bring my rabbits and guinea pigs because rabbits are illegal in Queensland, which I'm most disappointed about.

"So I had to send them to a friend to look after."

So far, Miss Levings said, she was really adapting to Gladstone and liking her new home.

"The heat's the only thing that's knocked me," she said.

"Dominic is from Melbourne originally, so he's used to the Australia heat."

And Miss Levings said she had big plans while she was in the Port City

"Even though Gladstone is small, it's got good potential and a good arts community," she said.

"Eventually I'd like to create a singing school because there's a real lack of that kind of thing around in Gladstone."

The secondary school teacher said at present she was working from home giving singing lessons.

"I'm amazed at how many students I've acquired in such little time," she said.

"Personally I'm entering next week's talent quest, with a jazz piece I've prepared, and a few of my students are too."

When Sarah and Dominic get some time off together they spend it in the outdoors.

"We like hiking so Mount Larcom is definitely on our list," she said.

"One thing here though is you have to look out for snakes, spiders, sharks, crocodiles and jellyfish - all the poisonous things."

A trip back to New Zealand at Christmas is the couple's next holiday as they are saving for their wedding.

"Our friends and family will most likely come over for holidays seeing as though Gladstone is like a tropical paradise."



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