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Learn about the Voice Referendum at Council's information sessionshttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/learn-about-the-voice-referendum-at-councils-information-sessionsLearn about the Voice Referendum at Council's information sessions2023-09-17T14:00:00Z
Canterbury-Bankstown Mayor and Deputy Mayor Electionhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/canterbury-bankstown-mayor-and-deputy-mayor-electionCanterbury-Bankstown Mayor and Deputy Mayor Election2023-09-11T14:00:00Z
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Sunny savings with solar rebate programhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/sunny-savings-with-solar-rebate-programSunny savings with solar rebate program2023-09-03T14:00:00Z
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Community leaders unite to tackle domestic violencehttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/community-leaders-unite-to-tackle-domestic-violenceCommunity leaders unite to tackle domestic violence2023-08-27T14:00:00Z
Nominations now open for 2023 Children and Youth Awardshttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/nominations-now-open-for-2023-children-and-youth-awardsNominations now open for 2023 Children and Youth Awards2023-08-27T14:00:00Z
Spring into nature at three-month festivalhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/spring-into-nature-at-three-month-festivalSpring into nature at three-month festival2023-08-27T14:00:00Z
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Mayor's sleepout raises funds for the homelesshttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/mayors-sleepout-raises-funds-for-the-homelessMayor's sleepout raises funds for the homeless2023-08-13T14:00:00Z
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14,500+ people attend this year's Bankstown Bites food festivalhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/14-500-plus-people-attend-this-years-bankstown-bites-food-festival14,500+ people attend this year's Bankstown Bites food festival2023-07-31T14:00:00Z
Masterchef and MKR celebrity chefs to inspire foodies at biteshttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/masterchef-and-mkr-celebrity-chefs-to-inspire-foodies-at-bitesMasterchef and MKR celebrity chefs to inspire foodies at bites2023-07-23T14:00:00Z
Plate art exhibition to be launched at Bankstown Biteshttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/plate-art-exhibition-to-be-launched-at-bankstown-bitesPlate art exhibition to be launched at Bankstown Bites2023-07-18T14:00:00Z
Tackling illegal dumping Bulldogs team up with Councilhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/tackling-illegal-dumping-bulldogs-team-up-with-councilTackling illegal dumping Bulldogs team up with Council2023-07-17T14:00:00Z
Swimmers welcome new era for beloved Canterbury poolhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/swimmers-welcome-new-era-for-beloved-canterbury-poolSwimmers welcome new era for beloved Canterbury pool2023-07-13T14:00:00Z
Mayor's plea to help end homelessnesshttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/mayors-plea-to-help-end-homelessnessMayor's plea to help end homelessness2023-07-12T14:00:00Z
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Spice up your life with a Bankstown Bites food tourhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/spice-up-your-life-with-a-bankstown-bites-food-tourSpice up your life with a Bankstown Bites food tour2023-07-05T14:00:00Z
Bankstown Arts Centre announces new Arts Directorhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/bankstown-arts-centre-announces-new-arts-directorBankstown Arts Centre announces new Arts Director2023-06-25T14:00:00Z
Bankstown Bites boasts smorgasbord of cuisineshttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/bankstown-bites-boasts-smorgasbord-of-cuisinesBankstown Bites boasts smorgasbord of cuisines2023-06-25T14:00:00Z
Headline acts announced for NAIDOC Week celebrationshttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/headline-acts-announced-for-naidoc-week-celebrationsHeadline acts announced for NAIDOC Week celebrations2023-06-25T14:00:00Z

CBCity hosts Australia’s largest citizenship ceremony

CBCity hosts Australia’s largest citizenship ceremony The City of Canterbury-Bankstown will welcome more than 2,400 new citizens during Australia’s largest citizenship ceremony on Friday 13 May. Yes CBCity hosts Australia’s largest citizenship ceremony CBCity hosts Australia’s largest citizenship ceremony  


The City of Canterbury-Bankstown will welcome more than 2,400 new citizens during Australia’s largest citizenship ceremony on Friday 13 May. 
The historic ceremony will see citizens from more than 80 countries taking the pledge at the Dunc Gray Velodrome in Bass Hill.
Canterbury-Bankstown Mayor Khal Asfour said he was looking forward to welcoming our newest citizens and the unique contributions they will make to the community. 
"I’m incredibly proud to be hosting this record-breaking citizenship ceremony to see 2,400 new citizens, from across the globe, take the pledge and declare that Australia is now their home," Mayor Asfour said.
"Becoming an Australian citizen is a privilege. It is life-changing, and the freedoms and quality of life must never be taken lightly.” 
Dr Ahmed Owais Ahmed and his family are overjoyed to be participating in the ceremony.

Dr Ahmed arrived in Australia with his wife Nourhan Khalil and their two eldest children in 2016 – and consider themselves “proud Aussies.” Since their arrival, they’ve welcomed a third child. 
Dr Ahmed originally travelled to Sydney on a postgraduate student visa to complete a Doctor of Philosophy degree in chemistry, specialising in materials chemistry and surface science.

He is now a staff scientist and researcher. He migrated to Australia to complete his studies, advance his research knowledge and secure a better future for his young family.
Dr Ahmed is thrilled to become a citizen and believes most Australians really don’t know how lucky they are.
“Not only do Australians enjoy religious freedoms, but they don’t live in fear of conflict with neighbouring countries,” Dr Ahmed said. 
“I’ve witnessed conflicts and wars in the middle east. Australians don’t know what it’s like to live in a war zone. Living a peaceful life with neighbouring countries is something to be very thankful for,” Dr Ahmed said.
“My two eldest children came to Australia when they were very young so they don’t have many memories of Egypt and they see themselves as Aussies. I really appreciate the education here which is more about building the human rather than pushing them to memorise more information.”
Dr Ahmed expects that becoming an Australian citizen will be a powerful feeling.
“It’s not just a certificate, it is much deeper than that. Being a citizen increases our place in this country, a place we would love to stay forever. It’s a very strong feeling. 
It feels like our roots are being planted more deeply into the country. It gives you a feeling of peace and loyalty.” 
Mayor Asfour said the city represents more than 140 different languages and he is very proud that 2,400 new Australian citizens will be calling Canterbury Bankstown their “forever home.” 
“I’d like to wish our new citizens a very warm welcome and every success for the future.” 

 



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