New citizen happy in Victoria

HAPPY: Raman Sharma at the citizenship ceremony in Serpentine.

HAPPY: Raman Sharma at the citizenship ceremony in Serpentine.

SUPPORT: Divya and Raman Sharma with Mayor Cr Gavan Holt and friends and family. Pictures: PETER WEAVING

SUPPORT: Divya and Raman Sharma with Mayor Cr Gavan Holt and friends and family. Pictures: PETER WEAVING

Raman Sharma became an Australian citizen on Tuesday.

A ceremony for him was held at the Loddon Shire Council in Serpentine on May 27.

"I am very excited with my new status in this beautiful country," he said.

"I arrived to this country in September, 2007.

"Australia embraces people from all parts of the world and gives them a fair chance to grow.

"It is indeed a land of opportunities."

Mr Sharma re-located from Melbourne to Bridgewater after studying hospitality and management in India.

"I finished my education and started working as a professional in Bridgewater," he said.

"Initially I was hesitant to step out of Melbourne but when I came here I was mesmerised by the goodness of the people.

"Since then I have been working in Bridgewater Roadhouse and this has become my home.

"The town has a very beautiful river which provides a scenic beauty."

Mr Sharma married his wife Divya in September 2013.

"She is very happy here and we hope to have children soon," he said.

"We are a happy couple.

"She might get her permanent residency next year and the rest is left for the future to decide.

"I believe in one world, one community.

"This is my ideology of life.

"I am thankful to the people of Australia and especially Bridgewater, who have accepted me as a brother and a mate.

"I promise to work hard and contribute to the economy of this country in all the future to come and remain a peace loving and law abiding fellow."

Loddon shire Mayor Cr Gavan Holt presented the citizenship to Mr Sharma on Tuesday, May 27.

"Australia can take great pride in your decision, Raman, to become a fully participating member of this great nation and community," he said.

"I would like to congratulate you on your decision to become an Australian citizen, a decision welcomed by all in your community and by all Australians."

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