Wreck, beach a draw for couple

Ivan and Melonie Vujicic on the beach near the Alkimos shipwreck.
Ivan and Melonie Vujicic on the beach near the Alkimos shipwreck.

Mr Vujicic (35), who migrated to Australia from Yugoslavia when he was 14, said he was grateful for new beginnings here, but reluctant to relive memories of a war that made it too dangerous for his family to stay in their homeland.

‘My parents looked at moving to Sydney or Brisbane,’ he said.

‘But after doing their research and talking to many people they decided to settle in Ocean Reef.’

When they arrived, he was the only family member who spoke any English which he said was pretty tough for a teenager.

Now a recruitment consultant, Mr Vujicic met his wife Melonie when they both worked at Centrelink.

‘I used to be her boss ” we now joke how the tables have turned,’ he said.

With his parents living in Clarkson, a son in Tapping, and two other children living with them in Butler, the couple recently bought a block in Peet’s Shorehaven estate.

‘We love the beach lifestyle north of the river and it was important for us to settle down close to both our extended families,’ he said.

‘It has been a dream of mine to explore the Alkimos shipwreck, which you can see from our new block.

‘I am hoping to get my diving licence soon after we move in so I can walk from home, down to the water and explore the wreck.’

A coastal access road, Shorehaven Boulevard, opened in July, giving direct access to Alkimos’ first official swimming beach.