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Pilbara home for Ricardo

Sophia ConstantineNorth West Telegraph
Ricardo Dias and previous Town of Port Hedland mayor Kelly Howlett.
Camera IconRicardo Dias and previous Town of Port Hedland mayor Kelly Howlett. Credit: Town of Port Hedland.

The Pilbara’s bold skyline and laid-back lifestyle have won the heart of Ricardo Dos Santos Dias, who became a permanent Australian resident last year.

Mr Dias, originally from Brazil, moved to Port Hedland five years ago when he was offered a job with Fortescue Metals Group.

He said moving to the Pilbara opened up many possibilities to work towards a brighter future and achieve his personal career goals.

He said anyone could achieve their career goals, adding: “it’s a matter of working hard — you will get there if you work hard.

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Mr Dias commended the Town of Port Hedland and the community for welcoming him to the region, making it no big adjustment to move countries.

“I really appreciate living in Australia,” he said.

“I love the lifestyle and the feeling that I really can do whatever I want.”

Mr Dias plans to continue his work in the mining sector and has “no intention to change his line of work”

His partner, whom he met in the Pilbara, volunteers for local organisation Care for Hedland.

The newest members of the community will be welcomed at the Australia Day citizenship ceremony at Wanangkura Stadium.

The 18 new citizens come from countries which include the Philippines,the Republic of Ireland, Germany, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Netherlands, the UK, South Africa, Chile, and Thailand.

The event is by invitation only.

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