New cit­i­zens wel­comed with open arms

Dalby Herald - - NEWS -

HARJINDER ‘Harry’ Singh Dhillon has been a mem­ber of the Dalby com­mu­nity for sev­eral years but, at this year’s Aus­tralia Day cer­e­mony, he and his fam­ily of­fi­cially be­came cit­i­zens of our coun­try.

Mr Dhillon, who came to Aus­tralia on a stu­dent visa more than eight years ago, now works as a chef at the Cof­fee Club, where his wife Rupi is a barista and man­ager.

“It’s very ex­cit­ing ... I com­pleted my study and just loved liv­ing here, it’s beau­ti­ful,” he said.

“Es­pe­cially liv­ing in Dalby, it’s re­ally great.”

“I came here first, then Rupi and I got mar­ried in 2011 and Rupi came in 2012.”

“We have two kids now and our son is eight months old, so he was an Aus­tralian cit­i­zen be­fore us which is quite funny.”

“Our daugh­ter was born here too but, at that time, we weren’t res­i­dents yet.”

Mr Dhillon, along with his wife and daugh­ter Amanat, were wel­comed as new cit­i­zens along with 20 oth­ers.

The fam­ily was con­grat­u­lated by both friends in the com­mu­nity and fam­ily vis­it­ing from In­dia.

“It’s good to live here, it’s the safest coun­try and it’s a lux­ury life,” he said.

“Where I come from, there are no beaches or any­thing and the cul­ture is very dif­fer­ent.”

“I feel very proud to see (my kids) grow­ing up in Aus­tralia ... es­pe­cially in Dalby, it is nice, the com­mu­nity is so friendly and help­ful, it’s won­der­ful.”

PHOTO: JESSICA BAHR

AUS­TRALIA DAY: New cit­i­zen Harry Dhillon with his son, Ar­jun, at Aus­tralia Day celebrations in Dalby.

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