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Yool Yoon

Name: Yool Yoon Occupation: cook Country of origin: Korea Location: Dubbo Here with: family Length of time in region: since 2016 Yool Yoon loves living in Dubbo because it reminds him of growing up on Korea’s Goji Island.  “Here in Dubbo, it feels like my childhood,” he said. “People are nice. Like the town where I grew up, it is…

Rupak Adhikari

Occupation: trainee finance manager Country of origin: Nepal Location: Dubbo Here with: self Length of time in region: since 2015 (Sydney 2008) After moving to the Orana region four years ago, Nepalese-born Rupak Adhikari has found his feet with a job that suits both his ability and aspirations. Employed by Dubbo RSL Club as a trainee finance manager, Mr Adhikari…

Ali Habibi Nekoo

Finding a lifestyle where he and his wife and son would have the chance to grow and follow their dreams was one of the major motivators for Iranian-born Ali Habibi Nekoo when the family moved to Australia. “Pursuing a better life for my family in a more relaxed modern stable country with freedom for me, my wife and our son,…

Rejeewa Niroshana

Occupation: Logistics supervisor Country of Origin: Sri Lanka Location: Dubbo Herewith: Self Length of time in region: since April 2015 Rajeewa Niroshana says it’s easy to find a job in Australia if you do your homework and ensure you have the necessary qualifications for the field in which you want to work. Originally from Sri Lanka, Mr Niroshana arrived in…

Migrant business: Anna Prins, Coonamble

Anna Prins spends her days ‘horsing around’ but as an equine osteopath, she wouldn’t have it any other way. Moving to the Orana from France, Ms Prins is loving her role treating animals around the region.  “I travel around the Central West and Orana region to treat horses,” she explained.  Equine osteotherapy is a kind of treatment designed to improve…

James Gay

Name: Jamie Gay Occupation: Year coordinator/high school maths teacher Country of origin: England Location: Dubbo Here with: partner, has cousins in Sydney Length of time in region: since April 2017 It was a love story in the sky for British school teacher Jamie Gay who found romance on a flight. “I met my partner on a plane and she lived…

James Turner

Name: James Turner  Occupation: Plant manager Country of origin: New Zealand Location: Bourke Here with: self Length of time in region: since 2015 in Australia, since 2018 in Orana Hailing from the North Island, New Zealand, James Turner moved to Australia to pursue work opportunities. As the plant manager at Darling River Meats, Mr Turner’s role is running the day…

Gunawardana Samaratunge

Name: Gunawardana Samaratunge  Occupation: Customer Service Advisor Country of origin: Sri Lanka Location: Dubbo Here with: self Length of time in region: since 2013 in Australia, since 2018 in Orana Advancing his career in the banking industry is one of Gunawardana Samaratunge’s aims since migrating to the Orana region in 2018. Currently on a 489 bridging visa, Mr Samaratunge is…

Badar Masud

Name: Badar Masud Occupation: Accountant Country of origin: Pakistan Location: Dubbo Here with: self  Length of time in region: in Australia since February 2012; in Orana since February 2019 Badar Masud is a firm believer that anything is possible. An accountant originally from Pakistan, she has achieved her dream of living in Australia and couldn’t be any happier. “I am…

Migration: The Oriental Hotel, Mudgee

Hotelier Des Kennedy has worked in hospitality for many years, and says hiring migrant workers was a good decision for his business. As the owner of the Oriental Hotel, Mr Kennedy took over the 154 year old establishment in 2003, offering food, beverages and accommodation. The business has evolved from its traditional roots to provide modern conveniences such as a…