Cit­i­zen­ship dream a re­al­ity

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

NOT ev­ery­one who comes to Aus­tralia de­sires to con­vert to an Aus­tralian cit­i­zen, but for those who do it is a spe­cial mo­ment.

Irene Jack­son, from the Philip­pines, took four years to make up her mind.

Mrs Jack­son be­came an Aus­tralian cit­i­zen last week in spe­cial cer­e­mony at the Eidsvold li­brary con­ducted by Deputy Mayor Faye Whe­lan.

“I was born in the beau­ti­ful Philip­pines and lived in a lit­tle vil­lage, Kananga Leyte,” Mrs Jack­son said.

“I come from a fam­ily with nine chil­dren. I have six sis­ters and two brothers, with three sis­ters now liv­ing in Aus­tralia.”

A pot­ted banksia, a sym­bol of Aus­tralia, was a gift from North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil.

The coun­cil’s chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mark Pitt pre­sented Mrs Jack­son with the Aus­tralian na­tive plant and con­grat­u­lated her for a great achieve­ment.

“I fi­nally have the pa­per in my hand,” Mrs Jack­son said.

“This is a ma­jor mile­stone in my life and I am very proud to be an Aus­tralian.

“I mar­ried Stephen Jack­son in 2009 and have lived in Eidsvold for more than four years and I love it,” she said.

Mrs Jack­son works at the Eidsvold Hos­pi­tal and is study­ing to be­come a regis­tered nurse.

The young cou­ple bought a house in Eidsvold in 2010 and have be­come hard-work­ing and well re­spected res­i­dents of the Eidsvold com­mu­nity.

PHOTO: NOEL THOMP­SON

MILE­STONE: Irene Jack­son, pic­tured with coun­cil CEO Mark Pitt, is now an Aus­tralian cit­i­zen.

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