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Bryan Brown opens Little Library in Milperrahttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/bryan-brown-opens-little-library-in-milperraBryan Brown opens Little Library in Milperra2022-06-21T14:00:00Z
Bankstown Arts Centre presents ‘Homelands’ for Refugee Weekhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/bankstown-arts-centre-presents-‘homelands’-for-refugee-weekBankstown Arts Centre presents ‘Homelands’ for Refugee Week2022-06-14T14:00:00Z
Canterbury-Bankstown’s trial Is building safer roadshttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/canterbury-bankstown’s-trial-is-building-safer-roadsCanterbury-Bankstown’s trial Is building safer roads2022-06-01T14:00:00Z
Our Abbey, on her way to the Commonwealth Gameshttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/our-abbey-on-her-way-to-the-commonwealth-gamesOur Abbey, on her way to the Commonwealth Games2022-06-01T14:00:00Z
Find your four-legged bestie at the CBCity Animal Shelterhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/find-your-four-legged-bestie-at-the-cbcity-animal-shelterFind your four-legged bestie at the CBCity Animal Shelter2022-05-30T14:00:00Z
Volunteer call out for Canterbury-Bankstown Meals on Wheelshttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/volunteer-call-out-for-canterbury-bankstown-meals-on-wheelsVolunteer call out for Canterbury-Bankstown Meals on Wheels2022-05-17T14:00:00Z
Local favourites will delight foodies at the Campsie Street Festivalhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/local-favourites-will-delight-foodies-at-the-campsie-street-festivalLocal favourites will delight foodies at the Campsie Street Festival2022-05-16T14:00:00Z
Bankstown set for a major transformation as a health and wellbeing precincthttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/bankstown-set-for-a-major-transformation-as-a-health-and-wellbeing-precinctBankstown set for a major transformation as a health and wellbeing precinct2022-05-11T14:00:00Z
CBCity hosts Australia’s largest citizenship ceremonyhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/cbcity-hosts-australia’s-largest-citizenship-ceremonyCBCity hosts Australia’s largest citizenship ceremony2022-05-10T14:00:00Z
It’s time for a festival!https://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/it’s-time-for-a-festivalIt’s time for a festival!2022-05-09T14:00:00Z
Keep Connected, stay inspired – meet our local heroeshttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/keep-connected-stay-inspired-–-meet-our-local-heroesKeep Connected, stay inspired – meet our local heroes2022-05-02T14:00:00Z
Campsie streets to come alive with major food and arts festivalhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/campsie-streets-to-come-alive-with-major-food-and-arts-festivalCampsie streets to come alive with major food and arts festival2022-04-25T14:00:00Z
New look for water tanks adds more beauty to our parkshttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/new-look-for-water-tanks-adds-more-beauty-to-our-parksNew look for water tanks adds more beauty to our parks2022-04-18T14:00:00Z
2022 Easter and ANZAC day opening hourshttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/easter-opening-hours2022 Easter and ANZAC day opening hours2022-04-12T14:00:00Z
Popular free swim instructor course returnshttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/popular-free-swim-instructor-course-returnsPopular free swim instructor course returns2022-04-10T14:00:00Z
New life for Kelso waste facilityhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/new-life-for-kelso-waste-facilityNew life for Kelso waste facility2022-04-10T14:00:00Z
Let your hair hang down at Youth Festivalhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/let-your-hair-hang-down-at-youth-festivalLet your hair hang down at Youth Festival2022-04-03T14:00:00Z
Save on School Holiday activities this Autumnhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/save-on-school-holiday-activities-this-autumnSave on School Holiday activities this Autumn2022-04-03T14:00:00Z
Finding a job and having fun – CBCity’s Youth Weekhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/finding-a-job-and-having-fun-–-cbcity’s-youth-weekFinding a job and having fun – CBCity’s Youth Week2022-04-03T14:00:00Z
Ramadan Nights Lakemba: Take your tastebuds on an island adventurehttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/ramadan-nights-lakemba-take-your-tastebuds-on-an-island-adventureRamadan Nights Lakemba: Take your tastebuds on an island adventure2022-03-27T13:00:00Z
Ramadan Nights Lakemba returns in full swinghttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/ramadan-nights-lakemba-returns-in-full-swingRamadan Nights Lakemba returns in full swing2022-03-23T13:00:00Z
Celebrate cultural diversity with CBCityhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/celebrate-cultural-diversity-with-cbcityCelebrate cultural diversity with CBCity2022-03-13T13:00:00Z
Celebrate 50 years of Vietnamese culture with CBCityhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/celebrate-50-years-of-vietnamese-culture-with-cbcityCelebrate 50 years of Vietnamese culture with CBCity2022-03-06T13:00:00Z
Reconnecting local seniorshttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/reconnecting-local-seniorsReconnecting local seniors2022-03-06T13:00:00Z
City of Canterbury Bankstown wins Bluett Awardhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/city-of-canterbury-bankstown-wins-bluett-awardCity of Canterbury Bankstown wins Bluett Award2022-02-28T13:00:00Z
Belmore Town Centre upgradeshttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/belmore-town-centre-upgradesBelmore Town Centre upgrades2022-02-27T13:00:00Z
CBCity to be 100% powered by the sunhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/cbcity-to-be-100-powered-by-the-sunCBCity to be 100% powered by the sun2022-02-23T13:00:00Z
Local Swim School breeds championshttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/local-swim-school-breeds-championsLocal Swim School breeds champions2022-02-21T13:00:00Z
CBCity's Innovative Sustainability Program acknowledgedhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/cbcitys-innovative-sustainability-programs-acknowledgedCBCity's Innovative Sustainability Program acknowledged2022-02-20T13:00:00Z
Oodles of Noodles: Campsie's Lunar New Yearhttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/oodles-of-noodles-campsies-lunar-new-yearOodles of Noodles: Campsie's Lunar New Year2022-02-15T13:00:00Z

Australia's Largest Citizenship Ceremony makes history

Australia's Largest Citizenship Ceremony makes history Australia's Largest Citizenship Ceremony makes history No Australia's Largest Citizenship Ceremony makes history  

 

Today, the City of Canterbury Bankstown welcomed more than 2,000 new citizens during Australia's largest* citizenship ceremony.

The historic ceremony saw new citizens from more than 90 countries taking the pledge at the Dunc Gray Velodrome in Bass Hill.

Topping the list, were arrivals from Vietnam (338), followed by Bangladesh (239), Pakistan (192), Lebanon (168) and India (116). And at the other end of the scale, there were about 20 countries represented by one person each.

Vianney Ninkeje, from Sefton, was among the 2,021 residents who were invited to became citizens today.

Five years ago, the 26-year-old moved to Australia from Burundi, a small land-locked country in east Africa, and is the first from his country to take the pledge in Canterbury-Bankstown.

Mr Ninkeje said becoming an Australian Citizen was very exciting.

"I came to Australia to live with my uncle in 2016," Mr Ninkeje said.

"And while I was waiting to get my citizenship, I studied and got a Bachelor of Medicine. I've just finished the degree and am now looking for work.

"There were a lot of political issues in the country I came from. It wasn't easy to get a job and there was nowhere to study.

"Australia has given me so many opportunities and I'm so thankful."

Canterbury-Bankstown Mayor Khal Asfour said today signifies the start of a new chapter as they start their new life as an Australian citizen.

"I feel immensely proud to be hosting this record-breaking citizenship ceremony in our City to help 2,021 new citizens, from all walks of life and from all around the world, take the pledge and call Australia home," Mayor Asfour said.

"I believe there is no greater privilege than receiving Australian citizenship – a life-long commitment to Australia's values of freedom, democracy and equality.

"In 2016, more than 60 per cent of residents said they spoke a language other than English at home, and around 45 per cent came to our City from another country.

"In 2021 and onwards, I am excited to see this number grow.

"I wish our new citzens every success for the future and embrace them with open arms so they feel safe and free to fulfil their dreams."

*CBCity's citizenship ceremony is the largest in NSW history and we're awaiting confirmation from the National Office on if it is the largest ceremony ever held in Australia.

 

LATEST COUNTRY OF CITIZENSHIPNUMBER OF NEW CITIZENS
VIETNAM338
BANGLADESH239
PAKISTAN192
LEBANON168
INDIA116
PHILIPPINES97
CHINA92
SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC84
EGYPT67
NEPAL61
INDONESIA44
NEW ZEALAND39
BRITIAN26
THAILAND25
JORDAN24
IRAN23
USA19
BRAZIL18
FIJI18
HKSAR OF THE PRC18
AFGHANISTAN16
ITALY16
MALAYSIA16
SOUTH KOREA14
STATELESS PERSON15
FRANCE12
PORTUGAL12
SIERRA LEONE12
COLOMBIA10
POLAND10
IRISH REPUBLIC9
PALESTINIAN AUTHRTY9
TAIWAN9
CANADA8
NIGERIA8
GREECE7
RUSSIA7
GHANA6
CAMEROON5
SOUTH AFRICA5
BRITISH NATIONAL (OVERSEAS)4
ETHIOPIA4
MACEDONIA4
MOROCCO4
MYANMAR4
SINGAPORE4
SPAIN4
TURKEY4
ALGERIA3
ARGENTINA3
CHILE3
CZECH REPUBLIC3
SRI LANKA3
UKRAINE3
UNITED KINGDOM3
VENEZUELA3
ZIMBABWE3
ISRAEL2
LAO PEOPLES DEM REP2
MAURITIUS2
MEXICO2
PERU2
ROMANIA2
SWEDEN2
TANZANIA2
TONGA2
TUNISIA2
UNKNOWN2
BELARUS1
BELGIUM1
BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA1
BURMA1
BURUNDI1
DENMARK1
ECUADOR1
ERITREA1
FINLAND1
FYROM1
GAZA STRIP1
GEORGIA1
GERMANY1
HUNGARY1
LIBERIA1
LITHUANIA1
MACAU1
MOLDOVA1
NETHERLANDS1
SAUDI ARABIA1
SOMALIA1
SUDAN1
SYRIA1
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES1
URUGUAY1
UZBEKISTAN1

 23/06/2021 4:18 PM