Clarence residents officially becoming Australians
AFTER 52 years in Australia and more than a quarter of a century living in the Clarence Valley it is unsurprising Isabella Neill already considered herself an Australian.
"I have only officially become Australian," Mrs Neill said. "We were permanent residents in Australia and I didn't have to change my nationality because I could vote and do everything.
"I felt like I have always been an Australian and people treat me like I am an Australian but you aren't truly sure of who you are until you have this to say you are Australian."
Mrs Neill was naturalised in a citizenship ceremony this week by Clarence Valley Council mayor Richie Williamson alongside six of her peers.
She moved from the city of Edinburgh to Australia in 1963 before relocating to Yamba in 1990.
"Yamba is a lot better. I would never live in Scotland or Britain again because I love Yamba so much," she said.
"I last went back to Scotland two years ago and I said on that trip that this will be my last time because it is so far to travel and now I am settled here in Australia."
Cr Williamson said "being an Australian is something special". "And we welcome (our new citizens) with open arms to the nation and to the Clarence Valley."
The six other people naturalised included Mr Harpal Singh, Mrs Rodora Chesher, Mr Stephen Grimes, Mrs Sharon Cox, Mrs Annabelle Roberts and Mrs Susan Brophy.