Citizenship a plus for Aussie-loving Kiwi
IT was the late '70s when a 27-year-old Evan McMillan came to Australian from New Zealand and on Monday, Mr McMillan will become an Australian citizen.
Mr McMillan took the naturalisation test mid last year and was first offered September 11 to become a citizen, but declined. He was then offered the opportunity to become an Australian citizen on Australia Day.
The keen surfer and angler came to Australia for the work opportunities, as Australia taxed less than New Zealand did.
“I was spreading my wings. I'd done a plumbing apprenticeship and Australia beckoned.”
“I've been here longer than I've been there” is why Mr McMillan is becoming a naturalised Australian.
“I have to be an Australian to be considered local.”
Citizenship is more than just a ceremony and forms an important part of Australia Day celebrations.
Australian citizenship symbolises our unity as a nation. It represents commitment to Australia and its people, the values we share and our common future. It also symbolises the sense of belonging to the country where we have been born or where we have decided to make our home.
Mr McMillan chose the Coffs area because of the great weather.