Sands of time passing for Salt GM
By ROXANNE MILLAR
EACH time Gerd Beurich gets a new job, the sand seems to change colour.
Appointed as the general manager for Salt's new Outrigger hotel, Mr Beurich has relocated from the dusty red centre where he has been living for eight years to the golden beaches of south Kingscliff.
With his young family by his side, he will live in the luxury Outrigger hotel when it opens next month to oversee its day-to-day running.
He won the job after several successful years of management at the luxurious Voyages Alice Springs Resort.
"After eight years there the time came to move to see some other areas of Australia," he said.
"It has been the only part of Australia I have really seen, apart from Surfers Paradise.
"And I entered the industry partly because of the attraction of moving around and living in places where most people dream of holidaying.
"I have found this place to be magic. In Alice Springs we had a lot of beach but no water."
Major moves are nothing new to Mr Beurich, who began his career in Germany in the 70s, lived in New Zealand for 13 years and then moved to Australia.
"Australia is more home to the children than anywhere else and it is somewhere I see us settling down, but don't ask me where," he said.
"I love Kingscliff though, it has a real charm and character that I hope never goes the way of Surfers Paradise."
Having never lived on the beach before, Mr Beurich is quickly getting into the water.
"I bought a surf ski on the weekend and am so sore from it," he said.
"I would say Christmas presents this year will be very easy and there will be plenty of Alice Springs friends visiting."