Your say: How hard is it to make friends in Gladstone?

IS it hard to make friends in Gladstone? It depends what you're looking for and how persistent you are, according to our Facebook likers.

We asked the question, "Is it hard to make friends in Gladstone?" after a Bundaberg teen shared her story of how hard she had found it to make friends in the Rum City.

Unable or wanting to go out clubbing or drinking, she said she didn't know how to meet like-minded people.

Some Facebook commenters said they had found it hard to make friends in Gladstone, or had found some groups cliquey, while others said it was possible if you put yourself out there.

Donna McConville said she had been in Gladstone since Feburary, with four children, and had found some good groups of mums and now had close friends.

"I think you just have to put yourself out there and socialise, even in groups you might not join at 'home'," she said.

"Friends ain't gonna come knocking on your door. If you have a bad experience with one group (I have), then move on and try another.

"There are lots of activities to do in Gladstone to meet people."

Stacey Nolan said participating in sports helped with making new friends.

Tarlia Smith said she had found it a struggle for the first couple of years, until her son started kindergarten.

"I found in the first couple years of trying playgroups and meeting other random mums that there was a bit of clique-iness that goes on and seemed too drama filled, so I just stopped meeting people," she said.

"I eventually found some fabulous ladies at my boy's kindy and school.

"I think it just depends on what you are looking for and where you look."

Bec Rose said she had lived in Gladstone her whole life and had just one close friend - everyone else was just an acquaintance.

Emma Jordan said she had been in Gladstone for a year and kept to herself.

"I don't know anyone friend-wise now. I think I just couldn't be bothered."

What advice would you give to people wanting to make new friends in Gladstone? Have your say in comments.

Tarie McInnes will celebrate her 18th birthday in a couple of weeks but fears she'll have no-one to invite to her party....

Posted by The Observer on Tuesday, August 25, 2015


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