Lucia and Fredrick Beleleer are excited to have received their Australian Citizenship yesterday. Photo Tom Huntley / The Observer
Lucia and Fredrick Beleleer are excited to have received their Australian Citizenship yesterday. Photo Tom Huntley / The Observer Tom Huntley

New Australians love safety

BEFORE leaving their home in South Africa, Lucia and Fredrik Bekker lived in constant fear.

"Twenty-two of our friends and family were murdered before we left," Mr Bekker said.

"The crime levels were unacceptable. Cars were always stolen, our house was broken into five times in one year."

Leaving their home wasn't an easy decision for the couple, but it's a decision they will never regret.

"It's been very good here," Mr Bekker said.

"It's a safe country with lots of opportunities. It's a total different lifestyle."

Since arriving in Gladstone 11 years ago, the couple has established their business Tannum Sands Chiropractic Centre on Hampton Dr.

"In 11 years I've seen 13,524 new patients," Mr Bekker said.

"That's phenomenal."

It was an emotional time for the pair on Wednesday afternoon when both Lucia and Fredrik officially received their Australian citizenship at a solemn ceremony.

"I'm so proud to be Australian," Mr Bekker said.

The couple love their life in Gladstone and don't plan on going anywhere else.

 

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