Gladstone Fish Market owner Simon Whittingham.
Gladstone Fish Market owner Simon Whittingham. Jaime Holzberger

A coffee with... fish market owner Simon Whittingham

THIS week we have a coffee with Gladstone Fish Market owner Simon Whittingham.

Name: Simon Whittingham.

Occupation: Gladstone Fish Market owner.

Years lived in Gladstone: 30.

What do you love about where you live? I don't actually live in Gladstone anymore. My family and four children live in Hervey Bay.

I work here Monday to Friday every week and go back home on weekends.

How do you take your favourite drink? Water is better chilled.

On a sunny Saturday afternoon you can find me ... attending soccer with three of my children.

When I was young, my dream was to ... be a skipper and drive boats. I enjoy being on the water, it's a magical place. I grew up around boats.

My most memorable pet was ... a dog called Aggi. She was a bitzer, kind of an Australian terror x staffy.

I had her for 14 years, she was my "little friend".

When I go out in Gladstone you will find me ... in the gold class cinema kicking back enjoying the latest movies.

My secret talent ... I don't have a secret talent, what you see is what you get.

I have a guitar but there isn't enough time in the day to have lessons. When I retire I might pick it back up.

When I feel like splurging, I ... take my children out to "Yo-get-it" in Hervey Bay, which is like Yogurtland in Gladstone.

My favourite holiday destination is ... Heron Island. It's a very special place ...no phones, no TV, no internet.

Adam Sandler ... would play me in a movie about my life.

To keep fit and healthy I ... eat more seafood. It's bloody good for your health.

The best piece of wisdom I've been told is ... if you've got nothing nice to say, say nothing at all.



MORNING REWIND: The biggest stories you may have missed

Premium Content MORNING REWIND: The biggest stories you may have missed

Catch up on all the news from yesterday, January 16.

LAST CHANCE: Vote for this CQ gem in the 2021 Hottest 100

Premium Content LAST CHANCE: Vote for this CQ gem in the 2021 Hottest 100

“It would be a good chance to support regional music.”

Gladdy girls showing plenty of heart at basketball champs

Premium Content Gladdy girls showing plenty of heart at basketball champs

‘I couldn’t be any prouder of the girls.’