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Hoping for a better lifestyle and chance to thrive in the workforce acted as motivations for
Punchbowl’s MD Mehedi Hasan’s move to Australia.
The Bangladesh native had only planned to stay a short time in the country but eight years
later, he is happily living in Punchbowl, working as a Financial Accountant in Sydney’s CBD.
Mr Hasan, 27, will be one of thousands of residents across the country that will take the
pledge to become Australian citizens on Thursday.
“I’m feeling very excited because I have been waiting for a long time. The Australian
Citizenship Ceremony will be the most delightful event of my life. I can officially introduce
myself as an Australian from this date and that makes me so happy,” Mr Hasan said.
Despite countless struggles moving over here in 2009, Mr Hasan said it made him a stronger
and more independent person.
“I came over here on a student visa. As an international student, it was hard to break through
the language barrier and navigate through some of the cultural differences but everyone was
very friendly and helpful,” Mr Hasan said.
“Australia is a very beautiful country and I like that I have found my place here. I like my job
in the city and I love Punchbowl. I like my neighbours, the shops, the open parks and all the
nice places to eat, and I also like how I can get around Sydney on the trains and the buses
easily. I feel very lucky that I can call myself Australian now.”
Administrator, Richard Colley, said more than 15,000 local residents, like Mr Hasan, took the
pledge to become Australian citizens last year.
“We have welcomed new citizens from all over the world, from countries like India, Pakistan,
Singapore, China, Germany, Sri Lanka, Russia, Argentina and Poland, all who have made
the life-changing decision to call Australia home,” Mr Colley said.
“I’m proud they have chosen to live in Canterbury-Bankstown. We are one of the most
diverse and harmonious cities in Australia, and you only have to walk around our streets to
see how lucky you are to live here.”
Mr Hasan will be part of Canterbury-Bankstown’s special Australia Day ceremony that also
includes the Canterbury-Bankstown Australia Day Awards, which will be held at the Bryan
Brown Theatre, at 9am.
6/02/2017 3:13 PM