Bundy welcomes proud new citizen
A COUPLE whose journey has taken them from the heart of Africa to Bundaberg took another step towards making Australia their permanent home yesterday.
With husband Desire Banda and daughter Wezi looking on, Nomathemba Ntenezi proudly took the oath that made her an Australian citizen.
Mr Banda will follow suit as soon as he fulfils the requirements.
Ms Ntenezi and her family come from Zimbabwe, which she had left for Australia to gain more experience.
The registered nurse, who said she had been in the country for four-and-a-half years, works at Bundaberg Hospital but is on maternity leave as she prepares to add one more member of her family to the Australian population.
“I'm really happy to be part of Australia,” she said.
Ms Ntenezi said because of her profession she was welcomed into Australia.
“I like Bundaberg,” she said.
“It's laid back, there's no rush, everything is five minutes from everything else.
“I like a smaller community.”
Also among the new citizens was UK-born Ambrose Pope.
“We have lived in Australia for some time, but think it's important to become Australian citizens,” he said.
“We really appreciate the forward-looking values of Australia and believe it is the country for the future.”
Eight people from six different countries became citizens in a ceremony at Bundaberg Regional Council yesterday as the nation celebrated Australian Citizenship Day.
Bundaberg Mayor Lorraine Pyefinch said it was an important day.
“It is the perfect time to celebrate citizenship, the bond that unites our culturally diverse population,” she said.