OPINION: FIFO men love the Coast’s lifestyle

THE Sunshine Coast seems to be a magnet for FIFO workers looking for a career change.

In February we heard about Rupert Hall, who started a microbrewery at Alexandra Headland after a drop in the price of gold dried up his work options at a PNG mine. He was loving the change – and still is, from what I hear. People are certainly lapping up his delicious, original Ten Toes brews.

In March, Joshua Watts shared his story about quitting a FIFO job so he could work at his wife Megan’s home-based fashion business, Studio Evolve. Joshua was stoked to be back with his wife and young daughter, who he had always hated leaving for six weeks at a time.

What it is about the Coast that makes it such a great place to run a business? We hear over and over that it’s the lifestyle. Where else can you count on good weather for most of the year, stop in for a surf before work, and enjoy a laid-back afternoon in the sun?

We’ve had a break on FIFO convert stories for a couple of months, but now it’s back on. This week we’ll be talking to a man whose decision to start his own Coast business was made for him when his four-month-old son became seriously ill. Stay tuned.


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