Putting brave face on challenges of FIFO lifestyle

Clara Cable with Tello, Juniper and Paighton. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d414173
Clara Cable with Tello, Juniper and Paighton. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d414173

Mrs Cable, her husband Steve and their three children moved from the UK nine months ago in search of a better life.

After working locally and finding it hard to make ends meet, Mr Cable accepted a job in Karratha.

He is on a four-week on, one- week off shift and Mrs Cable said it was hard going.

‘It is really expensive here and we thought the fly-in, fly-out job would help financially,’ she said.

Speaking from her spacious home with enviable views, Mrs Cable said there were things her family had underestimated with the fly-in, fly-out lifestyle.

Mrs Cable said her husband hated what he was doing, mainly because when he finally arrived home, it felt like not long before he had to go again. She said he really missed the children when he was gone.

With no family support, Mrs Cable gets lonely, particularly on weekends when she saw other families doing things together.

‘But we moved here to be happy so we are making the most out of a bad situation.’

In an effort to reach out to other families who might be experiencing similar emotions, Mrs Cable started a Facebook page Fly-in Fly-out Support for Mums of Mandurah and Surrounding Areas. Within days, the page had 40 likes.

Mrs Cable plans to organise regular social outings for members. So far she is thrilled with the positive response she received from the page.