ALMOST six years ago Ozgur Camnalbur, wife Ilgim and daughter Duru (8) left their home in Turkey for Australia hoping for a better life – a decision they don’t regret for a minute.
On Friday the trio will make it official, becoming citizens on Australia Day at the City of Cockburn’s citizenship ceremony.
Mr Camnalbur, who works in security in the construction industry, said he loved everything about his adopted country.
“My wife’s sister was already living here and we love it,” he said.
“It’s relaxed, not too crowded and the weather here is great – what is not to love?”
The Spearwood resident said the family decided a couple of years ago to start the process of becoming citizens and where better to do it than the City he lived in.
“We thought if you live your life in Australia, why wouldn’t you take out Australian citizenship?” he said.
“I am proud to become an Aussie and it’s a great time to do it.
“The City of Cockburn has everything: it’s central to everything, all the facilities are close and the beach is right there – it’s a fantastic place to live.”
Mr Camnalbur said his family would take part in the ceremony and spend the rest of the day celebrating with family.
“Of course that will involve a barbecue,” he said.
The City of Cockburn will hold its free Australia Day Coogee Beach Festival, which will include live performances by Bindjareb Middars Aboriginal Dance Group, Kangaroo Creek Gang and Nitronet.
There will also be rides, water orb balls, mermaids and a sandcastle workshop.