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Campsie Lunar Noodle Markets: Lion dancers, lanterns and all the colour of Lunar New Yearhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/campsie-lunar-noodle-markets-lion-dancers-lanterns-and-all-the-colour-of-lunar-new-yearCampsie Lunar Noodle Markets: Lion dancers, lanterns and all the colour of Lunar New Year2023-01-29T13:00:00Z
Most outstanding honoured with CBCity's Australia Day Awardshttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/most-outstanding-honoured-with-cbcitys-australia-day-awardsMost outstanding honoured with CBCity's Australia Day Awards2023-01-26T13:00:00Z
Welcoming CBCity’s new Aussies is the best way to celebrate Australia Dayhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/welcoming-cbcity’s-new-aussies-is-the-best-way-to-celebrate-australia-dayWelcoming CBCity’s new Aussies is the best way to celebrate Australia Day2023-01-19T13:00:00Z
Celebrate Australia Day & cool down at CBCity’s Pool Partieshttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/celebrate-australia-day-cool-down-at-cbcity’s-pool-partiesCelebrate Australia Day & cool down at CBCity’s Pool Parties2023-01-16T13:00:00Z
Spectacular new water park opens at Greenacrehttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/spectacular-new-water-park-opens-at-greenacreSpectacular new water park opens at Greenacre2023-01-13T13:00:00Z
Better Homes and Gardens star named CBCity's Australia Day Ambassadorhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/better-homes-and-gardens-star-named-cbcitys-australia-day-ambassadorBetter Homes and Gardens star named CBCity's Australia Day Ambassador2023-01-09T13:00:00Z
Media alerthttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/media-alertMedia alert2023-01-09T13:00:00Z
Our free 'bus to the beach' is back: take the hassle out of getting to the beach in Januaryhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/our-free-bus-to-the-beach-is-back-take-the-hassle-out-of-getting-to-the-beach-in-januaryOur free 'bus to the beach' is back: take the hassle out of getting to the beach in January2023-01-08T13:00:00Z
Summer funhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/summer-funSummer fun2023-01-08T13:00:00Z
Local seniors celebrate togetherhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/local-seniors-celebrate-togetherLocal seniors celebrate together2023-01-08T13:00:00Z
Celebrate Lunar New Year in spectacular style in CBCityhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/celebrate-lunar-new-year-in-spectacular-style-in-cbcityCelebrate Lunar New Year in spectacular style in CBCity2023-01-04T13:00:00Z
Christmas and New Year 2022 Trading Timeshttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/christmas-and-new-year-2022-trading-timesChristmas and New Year 2022 Trading Times2022-12-11T13:00:00Z
Win for Canterbury-Bankstown Council in the battle for Ashbury's Peace Parkhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/win-for-canterbury-bankstown-council-in-the-battle-for-ashburys-peace-parkWin for Canterbury-Bankstown Council in the battle for Ashbury's Peace Park2022-12-07T13:00:00Z
Generation STEM: inspiring our kids to pursue a career in science, tech, engineering and mathshttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/generation-stemGeneration STEM: inspiring our kids to pursue a career in science, tech, engineering and maths2022-12-05T13:00:00Z
Padstow Heights family lights up for brain cancerhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/padstow-heights-family-lights-up-for-brain-cancerPadstow Heights family lights up for brain cancer2022-12-04T13:00:00Z
CBCity's Mayoral Christmas toy and hamper drive: Spreading cheer for those in needhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/cbcitys-mayoral-christmas-toy-and-hamper-drive-spreading-cheer-for-those-in-needCBCity's Mayoral Christmas toy and hamper drive: Spreading cheer for those in need2022-12-04T13:00:00Z
Campsie Master Plan wins national urban design awardhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/campsie-master-plan-wins-national-urban-design-awardCampsie Master Plan wins national urban design award2022-12-01T13:00:00Z
Canterbury-Bankstown to host live screening of Socceroos VS Argentina World Cup matchhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/canterbury-bankstown-to-host-live-screening-of-socceroos-vs-argentina-world-cup-matchCanterbury-Bankstown to host live screening of Socceroos VS Argentina World Cup match2022-11-30T13:00:00Z
Happy birthday, Lakemba Library!https://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/happy-birthday-lakemba-libraryHappy birthday, Lakemba Library!2022-11-28T13:00:00Z
Exploring joy in times of uncertainty: two new Bankstown Arts Centre exhibitionshttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/exploring-joy-in-times-of-uncertainty-two-new-bankstown-arts-centre-exhibitionsExploring joy in times of uncertainty: two new Bankstown Arts Centre exhibitions2022-11-28T13:00:00Z
Showing strength to say NO to domestic violencehttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/showing-strength-to-say-no-to-domestic-violenceShowing strength to say NO to domestic violence2022-11-28T13:00:00Z
A CBCity Christmas Carol with Mahalia Barneshttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/a-cbcity-christmas-carol-with-mahalia-barnesA CBCity Christmas Carol with Mahalia Barnes2022-11-21T13:00:00Z
Children and Youth awards: honouring our local heroeshttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/children-and-youth-awards-honouring-our-local-heroesChildren and Youth awards: honouring our local heroes2022-11-21T13:00:00Z
SASSi Campsie: bringing Anzac Mall to life to support local businesseshttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/sassi-campsie-bringing-anzac-mall-to-life-to-support-local-businessesSASSi Campsie: bringing Anzac Mall to life to support local businesses2022-11-21T13:00:00Z
Christmas in CBCity: Joy to the Worldhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/christmas-in-cbcity-joy-to-the-worldChristmas in CBCity: Joy to the World2022-11-14T13:00:00Z
Take the first step towards singing stardom & audition for TAP!https://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/take-the-first-step-towards-singing-stardom-audition-for-tapTake the first step towards singing stardom & audition for TAP!2022-11-14T13:00:00Z
Join the Tug O’ War Cup & say NO to domestic violencehttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/join-the-tug-o’-war-cup-say-no-to-domestic-violenceJoin the Tug O’ War Cup & say NO to domestic violence2022-11-06T13:00:00Z
Playground upgrades in time for warmer weatherhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/playground-upgrades-in-time-for-warmer-weatherPlayground upgrades in time for warmer weather2022-11-06T13:00:00Z
Canterbury-Bankstown's $20 Million Makeover Planhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/canterbury-bankstowns-$20-million-makeover-plan-(2)Canterbury-Bankstown's $20 Million Makeover Plan2022-10-30T13:00:00Z
CBCity awards more than $400k to local organisations in need of financial supporthttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/cbcity-awards-more-than-$400k-to-local-organisations-in-need-of-financial-supportCBCity awards more than $400k to local organisations in need of financial support2022-10-23T13:00:00Z

Australia's Largest Citizenship Ceremony makes history

Australia's Largest Citizenship Ceremony makes history Australia's Largest Citizenship Ceremony makes history No Australia's Largest Citizenship Ceremony makes history  

 

Today, the City of Canterbury Bankstown welcomed more than 2,000 new citizens during Australia's largest* citizenship ceremony.

The historic ceremony saw new citizens from more than 90 countries taking the pledge at the Dunc Gray Velodrome in Bass Hill.

Topping the list, were arrivals from Vietnam (338), followed by Bangladesh (239), Pakistan (192), Lebanon (168) and India (116). And at the other end of the scale, there were about 20 countries represented by one person each.

Vianney Ninkeje, from Sefton, was among the 2,021 residents who were invited to became citizens today.

Five years ago, the 26-year-old moved to Australia from Burundi, a small land-locked country in east Africa, and is the first from his country to take the pledge in Canterbury-Bankstown.

Mr Ninkeje said becoming an Australian Citizen was very exciting.

"I came to Australia to live with my uncle in 2016," Mr Ninkeje said.

"And while I was waiting to get my citizenship, I studied and got a Bachelor of Medicine. I've just finished the degree and am now looking for work.

"There were a lot of political issues in the country I came from. It wasn't easy to get a job and there was nowhere to study.

"Australia has given me so many opportunities and I'm so thankful."

Canterbury-Bankstown Mayor Khal Asfour said today signifies the start of a new chapter as they start their new life as an Australian citizen.

"I feel immensely proud to be hosting this record-breaking citizenship ceremony in our City to help 2,021 new citizens, from all walks of life and from all around the world, take the pledge and call Australia home," Mayor Asfour said.

"I believe there is no greater privilege than receiving Australian citizenship – a life-long commitment to Australia's values of freedom, democracy and equality.

"In 2016, more than 60 per cent of residents said they spoke a language other than English at home, and around 45 per cent came to our City from another country.

"In 2021 and onwards, I am excited to see this number grow.

"I wish our new citzens every success for the future and embrace them with open arms so they feel safe and free to fulfil their dreams."

*CBCity's citizenship ceremony is the largest in NSW history and we're awaiting confirmation from the National Office on if it is the largest ceremony ever held in Australia.

 

LATEST COUNTRY OF CITIZENSHIPNUMBER OF NEW CITIZENS
VIETNAM338
BANGLADESH239
PAKISTAN192
LEBANON168
INDIA116
PHILIPPINES97
CHINA92
SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC84
EGYPT67
NEPAL61
INDONESIA44
NEW ZEALAND39
BRITIAN26
THAILAND25
JORDAN24
IRAN23
USA19
BRAZIL18
FIJI18
HKSAR OF THE PRC18
AFGHANISTAN16
ITALY16
MALAYSIA16
SOUTH KOREA14
STATELESS PERSON15
FRANCE12
PORTUGAL12
SIERRA LEONE12
COLOMBIA10
POLAND10
IRISH REPUBLIC9
PALESTINIAN AUTHRTY9
TAIWAN9
CANADA8
NIGERIA8
GREECE7
RUSSIA7
GHANA6
CAMEROON5
SOUTH AFRICA5
BRITISH NATIONAL (OVERSEAS)4
ETHIOPIA4
MACEDONIA4
MOROCCO4
MYANMAR4
SINGAPORE4
SPAIN4
TURKEY4
ALGERIA3
ARGENTINA3
CHILE3
CZECH REPUBLIC3
SRI LANKA3
UKRAINE3
UNITED KINGDOM3
VENEZUELA3
ZIMBABWE3
ISRAEL2
LAO PEOPLES DEM REP2
MAURITIUS2
MEXICO2
PERU2
ROMANIA2
SWEDEN2
TANZANIA2
TONGA2
TUNISIA2
UNKNOWN2
BELARUS1
BELGIUM1
BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA1
BURMA1
BURUNDI1
DENMARK1
ECUADOR1
ERITREA1
FINLAND1
FYROM1
GAZA STRIP1
GEORGIA1
GERMANY1
HUNGARY1
LIBERIA1
LITHUANIA1
MACAU1
MOLDOVA1
NETHERLANDS1
SAUDI ARABIA1
SOMALIA1
SUDAN1
SYRIA1
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES1
URUGUAY1
UZBEKISTAN1

 23/06/2021 4:18 PM