Newest Aussies sign on at citizenship ceremony

May 31, 2018

Sneha Thomas, Sarah Jolly (5), Aneesh Jolly, Shaun Jolly (1), Silpa Thomas and Sandra Thomas, originally from India, celebrated their Australian citizenship at Riverlinks Eastbank in Shepparton yesterday.

Ledegonda Bukuru celebrating her Australian citizenship at Riverlinks Eastbank Shepparton.

Shiromi Karunaratne is happy to be a new Australian citizen following the citizenship ceremony.

Gurpreet Sekhon and Maninder Kaur with children Gurmanpreet Sekhon and Guntaj Sekhon at the ceremony in celebration of becoming Australian citizens.

Samar Patel

Australia has gained 40 new citizens following a citizenship ceremony in Shepparton.

The ceremony saw families and individuals of 11 different nationalities gather to pledge their loyalty to the country before receiving certificates of Australian citizenship.

City of Greater Shepparton Mayor Kim O’Keeffe conducted the ceremony at Riverlinks Eastbank in Shepparton yesterday.

A Shepparton local of 18 months, Shiromi Karunaratne was among those who received citizenship.

Ms Karunaratne said she’d had a lot of nice experiences since coming to Australia from Sri Lanka in 2011. She said the people in Shepparton were very friendly and she enjoyed working as a doctor at Goulburn Valley Health.

‘‘I feel really happy and proud to be a citizen,’’ she said.

Another new Autralian citizen, Samar Patel, who attended the ceremony with his wife and child, said the ceremony was well conducted.

He said it made him feel happy to become an Australian citizen after six years living in Australia.

‘‘Today will be a special day for me forever,’’ he said.

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