The United States of Echuca-Moama

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I AM AUS­TRALIAN.

They are the words Martina Richard­son can say now after re­ceiv­ing her Aus­tralian cit­i­zen­ship.

Ini­tially from Den­ver, Colorado, Martina moved to the coun­try for love.

‘‘I moved here in 2012 to live with my then Aus­tralian boyfriend — my now Aus­tralian hus­band,’’ she said.

She quickly be­came a per­ma­nent res­i­dent and started work­ing at Moama Angli­can Gram­mar School as a mu­sic teacher. It was a pas­sion she al­ways had. ‘‘I love mu­sic, I am a mu­si­cian and singer. ‘‘I was a mem­ber of many bands and in the­atre com­pa­nies do­ing plays,’’ she said.

Martina talked about how she feels like a mem­ber of the com­mu­nity. ‘‘It’s been great. ‘‘I have been wel­comed by so many peo­ple here. Many of them have be­come my friends.

‘‘I hon­estly feel a part of the com­mu­nity,’’ she said.

She was one of four peo­ple who re­ceived cit­i­zen­ship last Tues­day in Echuca.

WEL­COME HOME PARDNER: Mayor Adrian We­ston and former Amer­i­can Martina Richard­son after she re­ceived her Aus­tralian cit­i­zen­ship.

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