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Debbie Greenwood, twin daughters Ciara and Alyx and son Jayme will become Australian citizens next week.

Becoming aussie

By Rebecca Peppiatt 

SHIRE of Mundaring will be home to 29 new Aussies next week as residents from around the world confer their status to Australian citizens at a private Australia Day ceremony.

The Greenwood family will be among them and they couldn’t be more excited.

“It means a lot,” mother-of-three Debbie said.

“You want to be a part of where you live.”

Debbie, husband Vince and children Ciara, 16, Alyx, 16, and Jayme, 12, moved to Australia six years ago.

It was a move that was imperative as their home town of Durban, South Africa, was riddled with crime and violence.

“It just all got too close to home,” Debbie said.

“The situation has got worse there since we left.

“They had riots there last year and it was pretty bad, especially where we used to live as they were blockading places and it was pretty scary, I think, for most people.”

Many of their friends and family have fled to other countries but with family already settled in Mundaring, the Greenwoods decided to also make this their home and will now join others from Belgium, Britain, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Philippines, Sweden, Thailand and Zimbabwe at the January 26 citizenship event in Boya.

As part of the celebration, the Shire will also recognise and celebrate the significant contribution of a wide range of community volunteers.

Shire president James  Martin said recipients for the Citizen Awards were selected from the Celebrating Community award winners presented in December 2021.

“These residents have made a noteworthy contribution during the year, or given outstanding service to the local community over a number of years” he said.

“Their time and dedication is valued.”

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