New life of opportunities

AFTER moving from Russia six years ago to start a new life, Natalia Pospeshnaya was among the residents who became new Australian citizens last week.

Canterbury-Bankstown welcomed 120 new citizens at a ceremony in Campsie, as part of Australian Citizenship Day.
The new citizens have settled in Canterbury-Bankstown from 30 countries, including Vietnam, Iraq, Egypt, Nepal, Lebanon, and Fiji.
Mayor Khal Asfour led the ceremony and welcomed the new citizens.
“Today was an opportunity for all Australians, whether they are already citizens by birth or by choice, to come together to acknowledge what’s great about being Australian,” he said.
“We are very fortunate that each year we are able to welcome new Australians to our growing multi-cultural community.”
Mrs Pospeshnaya came to Australia to start a new life with her husband and their daughter, settling in Belmore.
“This country has provided me with so many opportunities,” she said.
“Although it has been a long process, I’m happy to officially be able to call myself an Australian citizen.
“I look forward to spending the rest of my life here with my family.”
The Campsie ceremony was one of 150 hosted by councils across Australia, with more than 8,000 people becoming Australian citizens.
Mayor Asfour said last year, 1,603 local residents became Australian citizens.
“Our diversity is what makes our community so great. We are able to live in harmony and respect each other’s differences,” he said.
“I believe there is no greater privilege than receiving Australian citizenship. It’s a life-long commitment to Australia’s values of freedom, democracy and equality.”