September 22, 2021

After calling Australia home for more than 20 years, Ash Edwards decided it was time to make it official and join his family in becoming a citizen.

The Hunters Hill resident was among 24 locals who took part in Citizenship Ceremonies hosted by Hunter’s Hill Council on 14 and 16 September.

Due to COVID-19, the ceremonies were held online, in the lead up to Australian Citizenship Day on 17 September.

Applications for Australian Citizenship are made to the Department of Home Affairs, with ceremonies hosted by the Council about three times a year.

Mr Edwards was born in Egypt and then lived in New Zealand before moving to Australia more than two decades ago.

He decided to take the Australian citizenship pledge for family reasons.

“My wife is Australian born and bred; my kids are born in Australia,” he said.

Mr Edwards decided it was time for him to have citizenship too.

Taking part in the ceremony was a special experience.

“It gives me goose bumps,” he said.

“Even though it’s about time.”

“I’m very proud of calling Australia home.”

Pictured: Ash Edwards, with wife Nat and daughters Amy, Olivia and Izzy.

For Paige Malynn, it has been a seven-year journey to officially call Australia home.

“I’d always been here on holidays to Australia,” she said.

“I always felt this indescribable draw to want to live here.”

Originally from the United Kingdom, Miss Malynn moved to Australia in 2014, working in rural Queensland and various locations in Sydney while obtaining her necessary visas, and now citizenship.

She chose to settle in Hunters Hill, where she has relatives.

Miss Malynn said taking part in a Citizenship Ceremony meant having one of her biggest dreams come true.

Pictured: Paige Malynn.

Hunters Hill Mayor Ross Williams officiated the ceremonies and said it was an honour to do so.

“This is very special moment for many people and it is a privilege to be part of that,” he said.

“Whether new to our Municipality or long-time residents, it is great to officially welcome our newest citizens to the close-knit Hunters Hill community.”

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Hunter’s Hill Council

22 Alexandra Street, Hunters Hill NSW 2110
PO Box 21, Hunters Hill NSW 2110
Tel: (02) 9879 9400
ABN: 75 570 316 011