Eight new Australian citizens welcomed at citizenship ceremony

Councillors and those present at Tuesday's Parkes Shire Council meeting were the first to welcome eight new Australian citizens into the community.

Council conducted its latest citizenship ceremony in the Council Chambers before a full gallery of family and friends excited to celebrate the special occasion.

Under the guidance and welcome of Parkes Mayor Ken Keith OAM, half of the candidates becoming new citizens took the oath, while the other half took the affirmation.

Kate Anzia was the first to be called to the front of the room - she came to Australia from the Philippines in 2014.

She works as a carer at Southern Cross Care Aged Care Village in Parkes and she enjoys cooking and reading.

Alma Marsh is from Manila in the Philippines and came to Australia in 2012.

She works as a kitchen hand and her interests include gardening, computers, reading and property investments.

Ludovico Tiveron and Leonardo Tiveron both hail from Italy, as does Edi Sartori.

The trio all arrived in Australia in the same year, 2014, and all moved straight to Parkes.

Ludovico is a delivery man with Domino's Pizza and teaches martial arts to junior students. He enjoys martial arts and fishing.

Leonardo has just graduated as a mechanical engineer at the University of Newcastle. It's no surprise his interests involve cars and motorbikes.

While Edi has a keen eye for gardening, cooking and crafting.

Mohammad Islam also moved to Australia in 2014 from Bangladesh, first arriving in Sydney and moving to Parkes 2018.

He's also a mechanical engineer and he enjoys travelling, reading and movies.

Claudia Vejrazka from Germany is certainly no stranger to Parkes, having first come to town - and Australia - in 2006 as a vacation student.

She ended up moving to Australia in 2009, initially living in Perth for two years and deciding to move to the other side of the country, settling back in Parkes in 2011.

Claudia is a mining engineer and enjoys permaculture and horticulture.

New citizen number eight, introduced before guests, was Kuiju Cai from China, who arrived in Australia in 1999 and moved to Parkes in 2014. Kuiju works as a kitchen hand.