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Rare Disease Dayhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/rare-disease-dayRare Disease Day2024-02-28T13:00:00Z
New lantern festival to light up Campsiehttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/new-lantern-festival-to-light-up-campsieNew lantern festival to light up Campsie2024-02-11T13:00:00Z
School zone safety successhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/school-zone-safety-successSchool zone safety success2024-02-11T13:00:00Z
Dodgy developer slapped with hefty finehttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/dodgy-developer-slapped-with-hefty-fineDodgy developer slapped with hefty fine2024-02-04T13:00:00Z
Deterring dumpers and greening the Cityhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/deterring-dumpers-and-greening-the-cityDeterring dumpers and greening the City2024-01-28T13:00:00Z
From Bankstown to the beach: Council's FREE bus is backhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/from-bankstown-to-the-beach-councils-free-bus-is-backFrom Bankstown to the beach: Council's FREE bus is back2024-01-02T13:00:00Z
A meals on wheels milestone: Lynn's golden jubilee of servicehttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/a-meals-on-wheels-milestone-lynns-golden-jubilee-of-serviceA meals on wheels milestone: Lynn's golden jubilee of service2023-12-10T13:00:00Z
Streets to sparkle with Christmas lights comphttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/streets-to-sparkle-with-christmas-lights-compStreets to sparkle with Christmas lights comp2023-12-03T13:00:00Z
Tots, teens & the in-betweens: Council's School Holiday program caters for allhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/tots-teens-and-the-in-betweens-councils-school-holiday-program-caters-for-allTots, teens & the in-betweens: Council's School Holiday program caters for all2023-12-03T13:00:00Z
Community pulls weight against domestic violencehttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/community-pulls-weight-against-domestic-violenceCommunity pulls weight against domestic violence2023-11-27T13:00:00Z
Bankstown Arts Centre explores Western Sydney's landscapehttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/bankstown-arts-centre-explores-western-sydneys-landscapeBankstown Arts Centre explores Western Sydney's landscape2023-11-27T13:00:00Z
A Christmas homecoming: Paulini returns to CBCity for Carols in the Parkhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/a-christmas-homecoming-paulini-returns-to-cbcity-for-carols-in-the-parkA Christmas homecoming: Paulini returns to CBCity for Carols in the Park2023-11-27T13:00:00Z
Mayoral toy drive delivering joy this Christmashttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/mayoral-toy-drive-delivering-joy-this-christmasMayoral toy drive delivering joy this Christmas2023-11-20T13:00:00Z
Canterbury-Bankstown's oldest citizen sworn inhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/canterbury-bankstowns-oldest-citizen-sworn-inCanterbury-Bankstown's oldest citizen sworn in2023-11-19T13:00:00Z
Happy 100th Birthday Reg! Local veteran celebrates a centuryhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/happy-100th-birthday-reg-local-veteran-celebrates-a-centuryHappy 100th Birthday Reg! Local veteran celebrates a century2023-11-19T13:00:00Z
A CBCity Christmas: Council spreads festive cheerhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/a-cbcity-christmas-council-spreads-festive-cheerA CBCity Christmas: Council spreads festive cheer2023-11-12T13:00:00Z
Elite squad coach takes on 40km swim for charityhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/elite-squad-coach-takes-on-40km-swim-for-charityElite squad coach takes on 40km swim for charity2023-11-12T13:00:00Z
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Cameras to watch illegal dumpershttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/cameras-to-watch-illegal-dumpersCameras to watch illegal dumpers2023-11-05T13:00:00Z
Upgrades make for a safer walk to schoolhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/upgrades-make-for-a-safer-walk-to-schoolUpgrades make for a safer walk to school2023-11-05T13:00:00Z
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Tug O' War cup takes on domestic violencehttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/tug-o-war-cup-takes-on-domestic-violenceTug O' War cup takes on domestic violence2023-10-15T13:00:00Z
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Campaign for kids to read 1,000 books before schoolhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/campaign-for-kids-to-read-1-000-books-before-schoolCampaign for kids to read 1,000 books before school2023-09-28T14:00:00Z
Starlit cinema brings movie magic to the great outdoorshttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/starlit-cinema-brings-movie-magic-to-the-great-outdoorsStarlit cinema brings movie magic to the great outdoors2023-09-28T14:00:00Z

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