Welcome to our newest Australian citizens

Published on 15 September 2021

There were lots of smiles, laughter and even a few tears as about 200 residents became Australians at citizenship ceremonies conducted yesterday by the City of Tea Tree Gully in Modbury.

Deputy Mayor Lucas Jones said residents from 26 different countries swore the oath of allegiance to Australia at last night’s two ceremonies.

“It was wonderful to see so many people receiving citizenship. Some 20 years ago, my family became Australian citizens. It’s still a day in my family’s history that we look back on with pride and honour.”

Modbury Heights resident Sanjay Arora become an Australian citizen at last night’s ceremony, along with his wife Sushma and their 12 year-old-son Anmol.

“I’m proud to be part of Australia – a multicultural country. It opens many doors for myself and my family.”

Mr Arora said he was looking forward to voting in elections and exploring job opportunities available for Australian citizens. 

The couple, who also have a three-year-old son born in Australia, Aadavan, plan to mark their new citizenship in their own way – perhaps with a holiday. The family is pictured with our Deputy Mayor Lucas Jones following the ceremony. 

Last financial year 300 City of Tea Tree Gully residents became Australians at our citizenship ceremonies.  

Four Council-run ceremonies were conducted during this time, with reduced capacity, due to COVID-19 regulations.

The top nations represented last financial year were India (87 new citizens), the United Kingdom (41), Philippines (20), Malaysia (10) and Sri Lanka (10).

An additional 82 new Australian citizens were sworn in at a Department of Home Affairs citizenship ceremony in May 2021. 

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