Platypus pie and Aussie pride on the menu

HAS Sweeney Todd had a crack at one of our national icons and sold the remains in pies to the Town Green Inn to serve up tomorrow?

Rest assured, the “demon barber of Fleet Street” has not cut a deal with licensee Charlie Redmond.

Mr Redmond has come up with the quirky concept of platypus pies to fill patrons’ bellies with patriotism on Australia Day.

Supporting local producers, TG’s has infused tender beef chunks with Black Duck Brewery’s Platypus Australian Pale Ale.

Marinating in the sauce for half a day, the delicious pastries are accompanied by chips and salad.

Ingredients include onion, garlic, carrot and celery to enhance flavour and nutrition.

“We always like to put a bit of a spin on our menu on Australia Day,” Mr Redmond said.

He expected more than 300 diners and drinkers to filter through the restaurant throughout the day.

Other beer and food specials will be on offer, including beer paddles with three local craft beers to taste.

In other news, Australian  citizenship on our national day will fulfil a dream for the Nieva family.

It’s the final step in a journey which took Rommel and Mona Nieva from their birth country of the Philippines to England and finally Australia.

The registered nurses met in the airport in Manila, both bound for jobs in the same hospital in the United Kingdom.

Friendship flourished into love.

They moved to Port Macquarie nearly six years ago.

Mr Nieva was surrounded by stories about Australia from his relatives here.

“It’s my dream,” he said about living here and taking Australian citizenship.

“We are very sure now our future is anchored – it’s a secure and peaceful land where we can stay for the rest of our lives.”

MRS Nieva said citizenship meant they could call Australia home.

“We’ve learnt how to embrace the culture, the Australian way,” she said.

“Living here in Port Macquarie is a privilege.”

The couple and their three-year-old son Ysaac will become Australian citizens on Australia Day with their friends watching on.

Mrs Nieva said to become Australian citizens on the country’s national day was just perfect.

Her husband agreed: “It will be very 

memorable for us because it’s Australia Day and it’s a big celebration.”

Just over 20 people will become Australian citizens during tomorrow’s citizenship ceremony in Port Macquarie.

The soon-to-be Australian citizens come from as far as Chile, South Africa, Northern Ireland, Italy and China.

Three people will become Australian citizens at Laurieton and seven at Wauchope.

Australia Day celebrations are planned at Port Macquarie, Wauchope and Laurieton on Saturday.

A strong field of 25 people and organisations are in the running for our Australia Day awards.

The Young Citizen of the Year, Citizen of the Year, Senior Citizen of the Year and Community Group of the Year will be revealed during an awards evening on the Town Green from 6 o’clock tonight (see full program below).

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