A local Betoota romance has been given an extended warranty this afternoon, after the casual mention of a beachside holiday home inspired love to blossom for a few more months. 

For local events manager Olivia Sanders, the decision to upgrade her lock down fling into a full-blown summer romance was inspired upon hearing her current casual partner, Hugo Edwards, has a ‘family beach house’.

Speaking to The Advocate, Sanders said despite a sluggish start, the new love in her life was quickly working his way into her January plans.

“Stuck in lock down I got on the apps like everyone else, you can only watch Sex Education so many times without thinking of firing up the digital Lazy Susan and trying to find some love.”

“When I first swiped right on Hugo I thought he was an easy pandemic fling, I thought at most we’d end up baking some banana bread together on a lonely night”

“But now I know I have the chance to spend a few weeks after Christmas at a beach house in Noosa, I think he’s worth keeping round til Feb at least!”

The move comes as singles across the country brace for another year attending family functions without a significant other on their arm, cautiously optimistic for a new year of love ahead.

For Hugo Edwards, a new physiotherapist who’s recently arrived in the Diamantina Shire, the decision to welcome Sanders as a leading role in his sun-kissed summer was prompted by Olivia’s bubbly personality and her close connections with the events and hospitality industry.

“Yeah I’m pretty keen on Olivia, she’s really funny and gets us into all the influencer events in town.”

“She can hook us up with free festivals tickets, so that’ll come in handy for New Years”.

“There’s even a chance she can get us some VIP passes to Bluesfest so who knows, by the time it gets to Easter I might have to drop on one knee and ask her to be my girlfriend.”

More to come.


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