Hi, my name is Adriano and I’m from Switzerland and Italy. I first came to Australia for a holiday because I was fascinated by its vast and untouched landscapes and the Australian laid-back lifestyle. Very soon, this beautiful multicultural country captured my heart and I realized that I wanted to further my studies and live permanently in Australia.
I explored different cities in Australia but I decided Townsville, in North Queensland, was the place for me. Townsville is located conveniently close to the Great Barrier Reef, has 320 days of sunshine a year and is home to many natural wonders such as Magnetic Island (just 20 minutes by Ferry from Townsville), world class beaches, tropical reefs, rainforest, national parks, outback and wetlands all within an hour or two of North Queensland’s capital city, Townsville. Townsville also had good employment opportunities, especially in the hospitality industry.
I enrolled in a Diploma of Hospitality Management at the Barrier Reef Institute of TAFE. Upon graduation, I was offered a position as Supervisor at the Watermark Restaurant. This vibrant and chic restaurant is located on the Townsville’s beautiful Strand, beachfront, a perfect location to work. My employer offered to sponsor me, and I was lucky enough to receive assistance from Rosaleigh Palmer, a Registered Migration Agent and owner of iQAustralia.
With the expert assistance from Rosaleigh and her team, I was granted my permanent residency shortly after lodgement of my application. I am very pleased to now call Australia my home.