In­stant love for coun­try

Comment News (Armadale) - - News -

IT took only a few weeks for Jana­nee Si­vana­son to re­alise Aus­tralia was the coun­try she wanted to call home.

Orig­i­nally from Malaysia, Mrs Si­vana­son first ar­rived in Aus­tralia with her two daugh­ters Jaanya and Jiya five years ago when her hus­band got a lo­cal job.

She said they fell in love with the coun­try and the life­style so much that they de­cided to stay.

“Life in Kuala Lumpur is busy, crowded and fast-paced,” she said.

“We found life here to be more re­laxed and fam­ily-ori­ented and since we just started our fam­ily as well, it was per­fect.”

As the Piara Wa­ters fam­ily pre­pares to take the cit­i­zen­ship pledge dur­ing the City of Ar­madale’s Aus­tralia Day cel­e­bra­tions, Mrs Si­vana­son said the de­ci­sion to be­come cit­i­zens had been an easy one to make.

“We are su­per-ex­cited to be Australian cit­i­zens be­cause we made that de­ci­sion to stay in Aus­tralia within months of liv­ing here,” she said.

“Be­ing an Australian cit­i­zen only re­in­forces our sense of be­long­ing here and ob­vi­ously it is made more spe­cial to us to be do­ing it on Aus­tralia Day.”

Ar­madale Mayor Henry Zelones said 125 res­i­dents hail­ing from all cor­ners of the world, in­clud­ing Eng­land, Ire­land, Malaysia, Sin­ga­pore, South Africa and Sri Lanka, would be­come Australian cit­i­zens on Fri­day.

“It is won­der­ful to have peo­ple from around the globe mak­ing the life chang­ing de­ci­sion to call Aus­tralia home,” he said.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son d478405

Jana­nee Si­vana­son with Jaanya Menon and Jiya Menon.

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