Instant love for country
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.
Jananee Sivanason with Jaanya Menon and Jiya Menon.