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720 people become Australian citizens

720 people become Australian citizens A total of 720 local residents have become Australian citizens in Canterbury-Bankstown over the past six weeks. No  

A total of 720 local residents have become Australian citizens in Canterbury-Bankstown over the past six weeks.

Mayor Khal Asfour said the Council has held six citizenship ceremonies after the Department of Immigration received a flood of applications from residents living in CBCity.

"The number of people who have become citizens is already more than half of the total number of people welcomed in 2018," he said.

"Last year, 1,404 people became Australian citizens in our City, but we’re already up to 1,000 so far this year."

The new citizens have come from India, Vietnam, Lebanon, Bangladesh, China, Nepal, South Korea and Britain.

"One of the things I love most about our City, is the diversity of its people," Mayor Asfour said.

"I am always moved by how proud people are to become Australian citizens and am honoured to be the one officially welcoming them to Australia and our City. It is an important time in their lives and I am humbled to be a part of that experience.

"The ceremonies are also a great way to introduce our new citizens to the City, and provide them with information on the services and supports available in Canterbury-Bankstown."

Among the new Australian citizens are married couple Mark and Francesca Diggory, who are originally from Britain and now living in Panania.

"We moved in January 2012 after getting married 3 weeks before we left the UK," Mrs Diggory said.

"I love the culture and the opportunities here. We've been very fortunate that our hard work has paid off and we enjoy our careers here.

"Everyone has been very welcoming and we've made great friends."

If you’re interested in becoming an Australian citizen, local residents are encouraged to call the Department of Immigration, which coordinates all council citizenship ceremonies, on 131 880.

 9/07/2019 3:23 PM