City of Joondalup citizenship goals


Inger (Louise) Tigert, of Padbury.  Picture: Martin Kennealey  d451853
Inger (Louise) Tigert, of Padbury. Picture: Martin Kennealey d451853

While Mrs Tigert admits she first wanted to move to Asia, she is happy with their decision to move to Perth and says she wants to stay in the country forever.

She said although Sweden had the best culture, the couple were bored and the Australian weather was attracting them to its shores.

“We also like to travel and thought it would be a good place to start,” Mrs Tigert said.

Since migrating in 2008, the Padbury couple have been able to travel to places such as Mauritius, Bali, Singapore and the Philippines while still visiting Europe when they can.

This Saturday, they will take the pledge to become Australian citizens.

For the third year in a row, the City of Joondalup will host a citizenship ceremony at Arena Joondalup before the WA Football League match between West Perth and Subiaco.

Mrs Tigert said they were excited to take part in the special event.

While the couple do enjoy watching Australian football, this will be the first time they have attended a game.

“We have a friend coming from Sweden the day before so we’ll bring her too,” Mrs Tigert said.

“She would never have seen anything like Australian football; it will be a new experience.”

About 90 residents from countries including Iran, Lebanon, Portugal, Mauritius, Romania and Sudan will become citizens at the ceremony, which is part of West Perth’s International Round celebrations.

As part of the event, the Falcons will play in a specially designed jumper that recognises and celebrate the club’s multicultural links in the region.

There will also be a children’s zone, an on-site British pub and international food stalls from 1pm and one of this year’s young citizenship candidates will be chosen to toss the coin before the match.

Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard said there was nothing as Australian as a day at the footy and not many people could say they made their citizenship pledge while in the middle of a sports stadium.

Candidates and their guests will be given free entry to the game, a re-match of last year’s grand final, after the ceremony.