Tannum beach a favourite spot for new councillor
MY SPECIAL PLACE: "It's the place where the blue ocean meets the golden sand, where artists come to draw and the poets come to chant."
A poet in his own right, Poya John Sobhanian is the newest and youngest face present in the chambers of Gladstone Regional Council.
Having lived in the region for five years, Cr Sobhanian has fallen in love with one place in particular - Tannum Sands beach.
A common favourite among residents, Tannum Sands is diverse in nature, and this is what has made our newly inducted councillor fall in live with the seaside spot.
"You can hear the birds singing and see the turtles nest. Where the children play and couples can swim and get some rest," he said.
"You can find sandcastles and you might spot a kit, or two.
"You can experience all that in a day, that's what I love."
Visiting the beach at least once a month for the past five years, Cr Sobhanian says it's the serenity that keeps him coming back.
"My favourite memory (at Tannum Sands beach) is going on a romantic picnic there with a special lady," he said.
"It's more utilised now than when I first started visiting, but I'd still like to see the surf club facilities utilised more."
The councillor, dentist, businessman and consultant says he'd love to see the beach more widely promoted to visitors.
"For our local residents, it's such a great place that they don't need any encouragement to visit," he said.
"For our visitors, it is often a part of the region that they don't know well, and they should."