New Australians embrace Murray Bridge at citizenship ceremony

Forty-eight new Australians have taken their oaths of allegiance at Murray Bridge Town Hall, adding to the rural city's increasingly diverse population on National Citizenship Day.

Families from the Phillipines, Afghanistan, India, South Africa, China, Bangladesh and Indonesia were among those to formalise their relationships to their new home country.

Guest speaker at the ceremony was retired Major General Vikram Madan, a 40-year veteran of the Indian Army who migrated to Australia in 2007.

Giving up citizenship of one's birth country was not easy, he told the new citizens, and settling somewhere new was always challenging.

"But at the end of the day there is one nice, loud and clear refrain: it is land of opportunity and a fair go for all," he said.

"Your hard work, diligence and commitment for a better life for yourself and your family will always bring happy results.

"By becoming an Australian citizen you are also choosing to be part of a multicultural society ... where all citizens are respected for who they are, no matter where they were born, what language they speak, what religion they follow or what cultural traditions they value or practice."

He encouraged the newcomers to keep their own traditions alive and to share them with other Australians.

Mayor Brenton Lewis said he was pleased that more and more people from around the world were being attracted to the lifestyle and opportunities available in Murray Bridge.

Fifty-two new citizens had already taken their oaths in the city earlier this year, in addition to 54 in 2018 and 61 in 2017.

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