QUIET roads, an easy pace, plenty of opportunities — what’s not to love about Australia?
For the Samra family, these are exactly the things that drew them to this country and, more specifically, to Wodonga.
Yesterday, the young Indian family officially made Australia their home, as they became Australian citizens in a ceremony at Wodonga Council offices, alongside 15 other migrants from Nigeria, India, Bhutan and the United Kingdom.
Summerjeet Kaur Samra and her husband Gurkirat Singh Samra arrived from India and Melbourne for “the many opportunities here”.
Summerjeet began studying hospitality and, at the end of her course, found work in Wodonga, prompting the couple to move to the Border with twins Prabhnoor Singh and Puneet Kaur, four.
“Everything seems good here,” she said.
“Wodonga is a bit quieter than Melbourne, it’s easy to drive around and we don’t have to rush, and where we live has lots of other families,” she said.
“In India, there are three classes and the middle-class can’t afford anything but here you can afford anything you like.”
Wodonga mayor Mark Byatt officiated the ceremony, and Indi MP Sophie Mirabella was on hand to assist.
The Wodonga Primary School choir also gave a a special performance of Australian-themed songs and led the singing of the national anthem.