Night for fun and friends
TWO women who found it difficult to meet new people when they moved to Bundaberg have decided to help others overcome the same problem.
Emma Hamilton and Libby English have organised a get-together at The Spinnaker restaurant on November 19 from 7pm for people who want to expand their circle of friends.
Ms English, an occupational therapist, said when she moved to Bundaberg a few years ago, she found it difficult to meet new people outside of work.
"We just think anywhere you go it can be difficult to find people you mesh with," she said.
"We want to give people some opportunity for getting in touch with people outside the workplace."
She said the function was open to anyone who wanted to meet new people, including singles and couples.
Ms English said if the first event was successful, the pair might look at organising more similar events.
Ms Hamilton, a hairdresser, moved to Bundaberg five years ago and said a lot of her friends were from Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney and were finding it difficult to meet locals.
"I've got a few clients who are new to town and, if we can encourage them to come along, it would be good," she said.
Ms Hamilton said it would also be an opportunity for people to expand their networks in Bundaberg.
"We both have been fortunate to move to Bundaberg and form great friendships through work and social sporting clubs," she said.
"We felt that this could be a great way to welcome our yearly influx of new people to town, be able to dress up and have conversations with new people and to give Bundy locals an opportunity to expand their networks."
Spinnaker owner Brett Jensen said he thought it was an excellent idea.
"I appreciate and understand how hard it is to meet other people," he said.
"Sometimes we just work and go home."
The evening will cost $25 and will include a welcome drink, nibbles and live music.