Hes a linesman for the Country

Poles apart Englishman Martin James has moved from cold, wet and windy Plymouth to work as a Country Energy linesman.

Theyve not only beaten us first in the Rugby World Cup final and then the nail-biting Ashes win now theyre joining us as well.

Lineworker Martin James, from the English city of Plymouth, is one of Country Energys newest local recruits.

Martin migrated to Australia and now lives in Lennox Head with wife Michelle and their children Finley, five, and Malia, two. He works out of Country Energys Lismore Field Service Centre and is thoroughly enjoying his new lifestyle.

Martin is no stranger to the region, first coming to Australia in 1996.

I came here for four months, bought a car and travelled up the east coast to Cape Tribulation and pretty much fell in love with the place, he said. He returned numerous times, including for his honeymoon, before the family made the permanent move in July this year.

I speak to some people and they say youve seen more of this country than I have.

Given the difference between south-western Englands cold, wet and windy climate and the Northern Rivers, he wouldnt be surprised if others are also tempted to make the move.

People on the whole seem a lot happier here; Im sure its got a lot to do with the climate, Martin said.

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