Home is now true home
TWO new Australians were welcomed on Australia Day during the High Street celebrations, although neither are strangers to Mansfield.
Roy Grafton of Merton and Christa Robinson of Mansfield both pledged their allegiance to their new country.
Mansfield Shire mayor Ray Robinson conducted the ceremony reading a message from the minister and welcoming them both as new citizens.
Mr Grafton was born in Birmingham, England.
He came to Australia in 1968, first lived at Doncaster on an orchard, then lived at Warrenwood, Ringwood, Mooroolbark, Gembrook, Seymour and finally to Merton.
He has lived at Merton for the past 14-15 years and has been a member of the Merton CFA for more than 10 years, but before that was a member of the Bayswater Fire Brigade and fought in the Ash Wednesday fires of 1983.
Christa Robinson is an exNew Zealander being born in Wellington.
She has lived in Australia for the past 27 years and although the majority of this time has been in Mansfield, she has lived in Melbourne for a bit.
Christa decided it was time to become a true Aussie as she now has two children - both of whom were born here.
“The kids are Australian so I thought it was time I was too,” she said.
WELCOME NEW CITIZENS: Roy Grafton (left) and Christa Robinson pledged their allegiance to Australia during the national day celebrations.