New Aussie loves his life in Jer­ilderie

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Jer­ilderie’s David Mun­nis is now an of­fi­cial Aus­tralian ci­ti­zen af­ter a cer­e­mony in Jer­ilderie last week.

Mr Mun­nis first came to Aus­tralia from Ire­land in De­cem­ber 2010 and said he loves the coun­try com­mu­ni­ties.

Friends and fam­ily gath­ered in the Mur­rumbidgee Coun­cil cham­bers at Jer­ilderie on Thurs­day to cel­e­brate the spe­cial oc­ca­sion.

‘‘It’s been a long time com­ing but I’m thrilled to fi­nally be an of­fi­cial ci­ti­zen,’’ Mr Mun­nis said.

‘‘Ev­ery­one is so wel­com­ing and good to me here in Jer­ilderie.’’

Mr Mun­nis said get­ting in­volved in the agri­cul­tural in­dus­try in the South­ern Rive­rina was nat­u­ral con­sid­er­ing his back­ground in North­ern Ire­land, where his par­ents owned a dairy farm.

‘‘I worked on a dairy farm in Fin­ley for six months be­fore mov­ing to Jer­ilderie, where I am now the lo­gis­tics man­ager for Hamil­ton Con­tract­ing,’’ he said.

‘‘The cli­mate here for farm­ing is so dif­fer­ent; it’s sunny ev­ery­day, which is un­like home.’’

As a sport en­thu­si­ast, Mr Mun­nis says he loves the way Aus­tralians feel about their sport­ing clubs.

‘‘You guys en­joy your rugby like I do, and it’s such a nice place to live.’’

Jer­ilderie’s new Aus­tralian ci­ti­zen David Mun­nis with Mur­rumbidgee Coun­cil ad­min­is­tra­tor Austin Evans.

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