News

Moving to 'paradise' for love

Kate Duffy, with her family, was granted Australian citizenship at Friday’s ceremony.
Kate Duffy, with her family, was granted Australian citizenship at Friday’s ceremony. Rebecca Davis

A WHIRLWIND romance swept Kate Duffy off her feet and all the way to Australian shores.

Originally from Ekaterinburg, a large industrial city in Russia, Mrs Duffy met her husband, Australian Kirk Duffy, when he was holidaying there in 2002.

"It was love at first sight," she said. "There were lots of love letters and phone calls."

After only 10 days, he proposed. It was then that the newly engaged Mrs Duffy made the life-changing decision to move to Australia with her fiance.

"It was a hard decision to leave my country and my parents," she said.

"But they were really happy for us and what wouldn't you do for love? Love is blind as they say!"

She arrived in North Queensland in 2003 to begin her new life with her fiance.

"My first impression was like wow! This is paradise," she said.

"Everything seemed so different - the people, the language and the culture, but I was just stunned at how beautiful nature is here."

Mrs Duffy was granted Australian citizenship at last week's council ceremony.

"I never regret leaving Russia," she said.

The Duffys now live in Calliope with daughter Alina, 7, and son Peter, 3.

"I think it was the right decision. I have all I ever wanted; a loving husband and a couple of wonderful kids," Mrs Duffy said.

"I really have enjoyed living in Australia and think that the Australian way of life is conducive to good family values. I am very happy to have the opportunity to become an Australian citizen."

Mrs Duffy looks forward to raising her family in Gladstone.

Topics:  australian citizenship family gladstone



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

Customers refunded for peak hour train delays

Multiple services including the Springfield line were delayed for up to 45 minutes following a series of operational issues.

Multiple services were delayed for up to 45 minutes

I have a big fish for Redbank: Pisasale

BIG FISH ON LINE: Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale has congratulated Asahi on securing a site in Heathwood but says he has big plans for the Redbank Motorway site.

Ipswich misses Asahi but global player in the pipeline

Local Partners

Nominations now open for next Member for Lockyer

Following Ian Rickuss' announcement that he will not be contesting the next state election, the LNP is today opening nominations for the seat of Lockyer.


What's on this weekend

TapeScape

Five things to do in Ipswich

Kernaghan's a 'boy from the bush' with a timeless quality

Country music singer Lee Kernaghan.

Lee Kernaghan is celebrating the 25th year of his breakthrough song.

Your guide to a great night out in Ipswich

The best live music gigs in the city and surrounds

A little taste of Russia

FUN NIGHT OUT: Innessa will play Studio 188 on Saturday.

A blend of folk and world music at Studio 188 this weekend

Sir Mick Jagger a dad again at 73

Mick Jagger... dad again at 73

Ageing rocker obviously still getting Satisfaction

Doco tells the story of Aussie surfboard pioneers

Gordon Woods (far right) in a 1966 ad for his surf shop. He is the subject of a documentary about the Brookvale Mafia airing on Foxtel.

THE Brookvale six were united in the love of their craft.

Kernaghan's a 'boy from the bush' with a timeless quality

Country music singer Lee Kernaghan.

Lee Kernaghan is celebrating the 25th year of his breakthrough song.

Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper happy as baby looms

Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper are in an "extremely happy place"

Your guide to a great night out in Ipswich

The best live music gigs in the city and surrounds

Ipswich City Properties asset portfolio retains its value

Ipswich City Council Administration Building, South Street, Ipswich. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times

New website launched by Ipswich City Council

INSIDE STORY: The highlights of your $150 million CBD

GRAND PLAN: The highlights of the Ipswich CBD redevelopment and where they will be located.

Work on city heart's radical transformation to begin next year

REVEALED: Timeline for CBD redevelopment

The new redevelopment of the CBD will take place in stages.

Lindsay gives the good oil on when the work will begin

VOTE IN OUR POLL: Sand mine opponents face serious dilemma

Public meeting for the proposed sand mine at Maroochydore last week.

Coast MP calls on Minister to stop KRA proposal with stroke of a pen

PHOTOS: World class CBD to lift Ipswich

An artist's impressions of the future Ipswich city mall.

Grand plans to transform city heart unveiled today

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!