Parramatta's newest residents become citizens

Parramatta’s Australia Day celebrations included 25 locals becoming Australian citizens this morning.

The ceremony saw 18 adults and seven children become citizens.

Taking the pledge were people from India, Nepal, China and the Philipines.

Parramatta lord mayor John Chedid said becoming an Australian citizen marks the beginning of a new chapter for these residents.

‘‘As new citizens living in Parramatta, they are making one of Australia's most culturally diverse communities their home, where more than 30per cent of the population is born overseas,’’ Cr Chedid said.

‘‘In our city, we have a community of more than 170,000 people. 

‘‘More than 60,000 are migrants who want to contribute to the Australian way of life and make our community a better place,’’ he said.

At the ceremony the new citizens took the Australian Citizenship Pledge where they publicly committed to Australia and accepted the responsibilities and privileges of citizenship.

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