New citizens welcomed with open arms
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 first came to Australia on a student visa over eight years ago, and now works as a chef at the Coffee Club, where his wife Rupi is a barista an d 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 8 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 were 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.”