ACCEPTED: Mack Thorp is now officially an Australian citizen after 40 years in the country.
ACCEPTED: Mack Thorp is now officially an Australian citizen after 40 years in the country. Trevor Veale

It took a while but a relieved Mack is now an Aussie

THE final wish of a local war veteran has now been granted thanks to the support of the local community.

Last month, we told the story of Arrawarra resident Mackenza Thorp, who despite four decades in the country was having trouble gaining citizenship.

Mr Thorp, with the aid of his friend and neighbour Ron Strauch and local veterans support person Paul McTernan, began to apply for citizenship in June.

"Mack asked if I could help him update his English passport as it had lapsed a couple of years ago and he was hoping to visit his sister in Canada next year," Mr Strauch said.

"We completed all the paperwork and sent it off."

They were met with road block after road block, with no help from the Department of Immigration.

Mr McTernan and Mr Strauch came to the Woolgoolga Advertiser in a last-ditch attempt to make Mr Thorp's story known.

This week news came his application had been pushed through and signed off by the Minister for Immigration.

"Mack was so ecstatic, he was teary," Mr McTernan said.

"He made special mention of the help from all of the community and the Woolgoolga Advertiser."



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