Four Deniliquin residents became Australian citizens last month.CASS SAVELLIS April 9, 2014 3:35am
Ekamvir Singh Toor, Manpreet Singh, Mayor Lindsay Renwick, Gurshaanvir Singh Toor and Sapinder Kaur.
Almost 30 people packed into Deniliquin Council chambers to celebrate four Deniliquin residents becoming new Australian citizens.
Sapinder Kaur and Manpreet Singh, Prathamesh Patel and Benjamin Sodunke were officially presented with their citizenship certificates by Deniliquin Mayor Lindsay Renwick followed by a morning tea on Tuesday, March 25.
Mrs Kaur and Mr Singh moved to Deniliquin 2 years ago, along with their two children – Gurshaanvir who is 3 years old and 1 year-old Ekamvir.
‘‘We have been in Australia for five years and moved here from India,’’ Mrs Kaur said.
‘‘We have lots of friends who have moved too.
‘‘I am a pastry cook at the Deniliquin Bakery and my husband works at the rice mill.
‘‘Before here we were in Melbourne, but we like Deni. We are enjoying it so far, it’s nice here.’’
Mr Patel and his wife Neeta both work at the rice mill and live here with their two month-old daughter Gracie.
‘‘We’ve been in Deni for nearly three years and Australia for five years,’’ Mr Patel said.
‘‘I was also in Australia for three years between 1998 and 2000 before deciding to permanently move from India.
‘‘I like that it’s peaceful and quiet here.’’
Dr Sodunke and his wife Shola have been in Deniliquin since January last year. They moved to Australia from Nigeria three years ago. He is a general practitioner at the Deniliquin Medical Centre and has previously worked as an emergency doctor in Mackay, Queensland.
Mrs Sodunke is a qualified pharmacist working in Deniliquin also.
‘‘We are still enjoying Deni and decided we’ll be here for a while,’’ Dr Sodunke said.
‘‘I think the town is strategically located close to bigger towns and the people I work with are all great.
‘‘It’s the best community we’ve lived in in Australia so far.’’
Each new citizen was presented with their framed certificate, a book on Australiana and a native plant. Each of the children also received a plush koala toy.
Cr Renwick officiated the ceremony and each family member recited the Australian Pledge of Allegiance as part of the naturalisation ceremony.
They also joined in singing the Australian national anthem to conclude the formalities.
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