Greenfields mother proud to be Aussie

Arran MortonSound Telegraph

It was a desire for a fresh start that brought Greenfields woman Linda Kerr to WA from the Netherlands in 1998.

Now, almost 18 years on, the mother-of-one will join about 85 others in accepting Australian citizenship at Mandurah's Eastern Foreshore on Australia Day.

Mrs Kerr said she was 20 when she emigrated from the Netherlands with her mother Lydia.

She said she had never been to Australia before and all she knew of the country was what she had seen on the television soap operas Neighbours and Home and Away.

"It was a little scary going somewhere we had never been before - but right away it seemed like a nice place," Mrs Kerr said.

"I've never been back to the Netherlands in 18 years."

Mrs Kerr, who works as a carer, said she loved Australians' generous spirit and enjoyed hearing stories of the old days from the seniors with whom she worked.

She said she looked forward to becoming a citizen because she would be the same nationality as her husband, Cameron, and son Jay, 4.

"I sometimes think about how I wouldn't have the life I have now if I hadn't come to Australia," Mrs Kerr said.

"Becoming a citizen on Australia Day will be extra special because I will be taking the oath with my mother-in-law Debbie."

Mrs Kerr said she looked forward to voting and hoped to study nursing and midwifery.

City of Mandurah Australia Day celebrations begin at 7am with the Great Aussie Breakfast, courtesy of Lions Club of Mandurah, followed by cake-cutting with the youngest and oldest city residents, Premier's Australia Day Active Citizenship Awards and the citizenship ceremony and a performance from the Mandurah Concert Band.

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