Job, sun lure Sweden's Charlotte
IS Central Queensland the land of opportunity? Sweden's Charlotte Lindberg thinks so.
Charlotte and her partner, Roan Valentine, have, in the past fortnight, set up home in Rockhampton where they hope to spend the rest of their lives.
They were drawn to the region by the big money on offer in the resources sector.
While there is no official data on the number of new arrivals in the Rockhampton region, the Office of Economic and Statistical Research projects population will grow by more than 35,000 in the next 20 years.
Rockhampton's REIQ spokesman Noel Livingston said he'd noticed a trend of industry-related businesses moving into the region, bringing with them out-of-towners.
A few months ago Charlotte and Roan were living in a small town outside Stockholm heading into a bleak Swedish winter.
Yesterday, Charlotte was enjoying Rockhampton's tropical summer while Roan was at his new mechanic fitter's job with Hastings Deering.
Like many companies in the region, Hastings Deering is in a major growth phase.
"Roan is Tasmanian and for some years we have wanted to come to Queensland where he can earn good money," Charlotte said.
"First we went to Mackay where we had heard there was lots of mining work, but we didn't have any luck.
"Roan went for an interview with Hastings Deering and he got the position, so we came to Rockhampton."
She said the city was a world away from the Swedish snow, but such had been the warmth of its people she hoped they would stay and raise their son, Hugo, who turns two soon.
Charlotte said she had an interview in the next couple of days to try to get a permanent visa.
"We've worked really hard to get here," she said.