Many take the pledge in Kar­ratha

Pilbara News - - Pilbara Australia Day - ■ Ali­cia Perera

Aus­tralia Day is an ideal time for new cit­i­zens to make their of­fi­cial pledge, and plenty in the Pil­bara took that op­por­tu­nity this year.

Sixty-two new Aus­tralians were wel­comed into the City of Kar­ratha at its cit­i­zen­ship cer­e­mony held at the Kar­ratha Leisure­plex.

Among them were the Cayabyab fam­ily, orig­i­nally from the Philip­pines, who de­cided to be­come cit­i­zens to­gether.

Rolando Cayabyab first ar­rived in Aus­tralia from the Philip­pines in 2008, com­ing di­rectly to Kar­ratha to work as a scaf­folder. His wife Perry and chil­dren Or­lando, 15, Sophia, 11, and Clark Joseph, 8, joined him in town last year.

“Aus­tralia’s beau­ti­ful. There are lovely peo­ple,” he said.

“We came for the fu­ture of the kids’ education, the op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“It’s very im­por­tant that our fam­ily’s here to­gether, start­ing a new life.”

Mrs Cayabyab said they were also grate­ful to be able to earn higher salaries and be fi­nan­cially bet­ter off in Aus­tralia than in the Philip­pines.

Other new cit­i­zens at the Kar­ratha cer­e­mony were young cou­ple Am­rit­pal Singh and Ki­ran­deep Kaur, orig­i­nally from the Pun­jab re­gion in In­dia.

Mr Singh has lived in Aus­tralia since mov­ing to Syd­ney for work in 2009, and Mrs Kaur ar­rived last year.

Mrs Kaur said they were glad to be­come cit­i­zens be­cause there were so many op­por­tu­ni­ties in Aus­tralia.

It’s a good coun­try, Aus­tralia,” she said. “It’s very free.

“It has mul­ti­cul­tural peo­ple and we can live to­gether. No one is fight­ing.”

The Kar­ratha cit­i­zen­ship cer­e­mony was one of 41 in WA.

Premier Colin Bar­nett con­grat­u­lated those be­com­ing new cit­i­zens on Aus­tralia Day.

“Western Aus­tralia is one of the coun­try’s most mul­ti­cul­tural States,” he said.

“The de­vel­op­ment of WA owes much to the hard work, valu­able skills and com­mit­ment of those who have cho­sen to make this State their home.

“We are all West Aus­tralians, with a rich and di­verse her­itage, and as West Aus­tralians we em­brace our cul­tural, religious and lin­guis­tic di­ver­sity.”

Pic­tures: Ali­cia Perera

The Cayabyab fam­ily Perry, Clark Joseph, 8, Or­lando, 15, Rolando, and Sophia, 11, all be­came Aus­tralian cit­i­zens at the City of Kar­ratha cit­i­zen­ship cer­e­mony.

New cit­i­zens Singh Ki­ran­deep Kaur and Am­rit­pal, middle, with Baldev Singh, Har­jin­der Kaur, Akram Shokat and Daljit Singh at the City of Kar­ratha cit­i­zen­ship cer­e­mony.

Pil­bara In­dige­nous Nurs­ery gar­dener Beth Smith pro­vided com­mem­o­ra­tive wat­tle pot plants for Kar­ratha’s new cit­i­zens.

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