February 1st, 2023New citizens welcomed to Hepburn Shire
Words: Donna Kelly
Twenty-one people took the pledge to become Australian citizens at Hepburn
Shire Council’s civic event last Wednesday, January 25.
The new citizens, pictured above with family members watching on, hailed from Argentina, Britain, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Israel, Italy, France, Germany, New Zealand, Philippines, Romania and United States.
One of those taking the pledge was Denise Connors, pictured (below) with her husband Ian. Denise arrived in Australia from the US 35 years ago and after travelling she eventually met her husband Ian, an Australian, with whom she has run Advanced Trees Trentham for many years, while also working in aged care in Kyneton.
“It was just time,” she said. “It was partially to do with Covid – if I had been in
the US during a lockdown that would have been difficult, but it was really just time. I
had a good friend help me with the paperwork, and apart from that, it was easy.”
Denise said the council ceremony was “very nice” and she also enjoyed watching
the shire’s awards handed out.
Asked if she felt differently after the ceremony, Denise said she was “pleased”. “I
am just proud that I have finally done it, and I am very happy to be an Australian.”