Citizenship delivers

Wattle Grove residents Namita and Praphul Sharma built their house and moved into the area in September 2013.

Hailing from India’s capital, New Delhi, Mrs Sharma works in risk management and initially worked with Bankwest in Perth when she moved to Australia in 2011.

Since then, she has changed jobs and is now a senior public servant with the State Government, where she works as a co-ordinator for risk management in the Department of Transport.

Mr Sharma (34) is an accountant who is currently finishing more studies in his profession.

Mrs Sharma (35) had hoped to attend the Shire’s Australia Day citizenship ceremony with her newborn son, but he was determined to wait until this month for his birth.

Mrs Sharma did not want to miss her appointment to become an Australian citizen and attended the ceremony, despite her baby’s impending birth.

Fortuitously, she was seated near councillor Sara Lohmeyer, who is also a midwife, just in case her baby decided to choose to make his entrance in the auditorium at the Agricultural Hall.

Mrs Sharma said it was important to her to become an Australian citizen.

“I really love this country because the people are so generous and kind and I’m really happy here,” she said.

“I have been offered great support from my colleagues and I love the multicultural aspect of Australia and the mateship and generosity of the people.

“For example, the recent fires and how much everyone gives to help others is so reassuring.

“People come forward and give so much and I appreciate that in this country.”

Mrs Sharma said she was born to professional parents in India, with her mother a school teacher and her father employed in the corporate sector.

Although the Sharmas are alone in Perth without relatives, this does not faze them.

“When I go back to work, our baby will be in childcare,” Mrs Sharma said.

They were still awaiting the birth of their son when this paper went to press.