Family captured by Tweed beauty
By Ed Southorn
The McLeister family are the faces of the New Tweed. They live at Coomera on the northern Gold Coast, a boom region like Tweed Shire, and this weekend they set off to find a camping spot at Byron Bay.
But they couldn't go past Hastings Point and yesterday found themselves checking out houses advertised in the windows of Kingscliff estate agents.
"It's absolutely gorgeous down here, so beautiful, better than the Gold Coast," Paula McLeister said.
Her husband Joe was also im- pressed: "Where we're camping at Hastings, we've got the creek and the beach so close, it's awesome."
The McLeisters - who emigrated from Northern Ireland two years ago - have now started thinking about selling the home they built at Coomera and moving to the Tweed.
Joe and Paula are not too worried about the prospect of rising interest rates, signalled by Reserve Bank Governor Ian Macfarlane to a parliamentary committee in Sydney last week.
Economists are forecasting a 0.25 per cent rise over the next few months, pushing standard variable rates to just over 7.5 per cent.
The McLeisters said they would be able to afford a rate rise because rates were not high.
"A rise won't hurt us too much," said Joe, an air traffic control technical officer.
The McLeisters settled at Coomera, Australia's fastest-growing suburb, because it is a central spot between Joe's job at Brisbane Airport and nurse Paula's job at Southport Hospital. Joe is now thinking about a transfer to Gold Coast Airport at Coolangatta and Paula is thinking about a transfer to Tweed Hospital.