Families fall in love with new country
FORMER Bangladesh resident Ashraful Mamun never planned on living in Australia.
But Mr Mamun and his family fell in love with the country during a visit and plan to stay here permanently.
The four new citizens, who have lived in Bendigo for 18 months, joined 31 other people to be welcomed at a citizenship ceremony on Tuesday night.
Mr Mamun and his wife Nusrat are both doctors and must stay in rural areas while practicing.
“We came here to see how things are and have some professional development,” he said.
“We wanted to get some training and go back home.
“But we ended up staying here.
“Bendigo is a place that suits our needs and has great schools for our children.
“It’s near to Melbourne and all the facilities are available here.
“It suited the whole family.”
I feel it’s a great place to raise a family and overall I am loving Bendigo
Mr Mamun said the family had originally settled in Adelaide.
He said it had not been hard to move to the area from South Australia, but had been hard to leave his home country.
“There are a lot of differences,” he said.
“It’s completely opposite.
“It was a financial and economical decision and it is certainly much better but we do miss our relatives.
“That’s the main thing.
“We were quite close in our country.”
Former Bangladesh resident Musud Ahmed Chowdhury and his family were also welcomed as new citizens on Monday night.
They have been in Bendigo for three months and Mr Chowdhury said he loved the area.
“Bendigo is great for me,” he said.
“I got the chance to get professional opportunities.
“I don’t have any desire to move.
“I feel it’s a great place to raise a family and overall I am loving Bendigo.”