LOVING REGION: Magali Gerardi is one of Gladstone’s newest residents.
LOVING REGION: Magali Gerardi is one of Gladstone’s newest residents. Rosie Obrien

Argentinian born woman ready to call Gladstone home

THE Port Curtis Language Cafe seminar was the perfect place for Argentinian born Magali Gerardi to meet new friends.

Ms Gerardi has been in Australia for five months, and Gladstone even less than that.

"I spent months travelling before my boyfriend Nicholas and I came to Gladstone for his work," she said.

"Nicholas is from New Zealand so we spent a little time there after we travelled Asia.

"I'd have to say my favourite place was Thailand."

The couple moved here for Nicholas to work over on Curtis Is but Ms Gerardi wanted to stay permanently and learn English.

"I will travel back home in a month to apply for a visa," she said.

"I used to work as a business administrator in a big company."

While she does miss her big family back home, she said she liked Gladstone because it was a quiet town.

"It's also close to the Great Barrier Reef which I've visited," she said.

"And Airlie Beach, which is a beautiful part of the world."

The couple has already set up home in a unit they are renting.