Delighted to become an Aussie

NINIK Yuliati Birkett, 50, of Lalor Park, says that God had answered her prayers by allowing her to become an Australian citizen on Australia Day.

She is the only person from Indonesia joining 15 people from India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Afghanistan, Morocco and Malta to receive their citizenship papers in a ceremony at Blacktown Council this weekend.

Mrs Birkett came to Australia in 1992 after she married Australian engineer, Mark, and they have two sons, aged 20 and 17.

"I married Mark in Indonesia and accompanied him to Australia," said Mrs Birkett, who attends CityWest Church in Seven Hills.

"When I first came I often thought of returning to Indonesia until God asked me to stay.

She said her eldest son is with the Australian Army and her younger son will be sitting for his HSC later this year.

"My becoming a new citizen on Australia Day is a bonus," Mrs Birkett said.


■ Blacktown: Kinjalben Brahmbhatt, Amanpreet Chandok, Akshayakumar Garg;

■ Doonside: Sajeda Dardmal;

■ Glenwood: Paramjeet Dhillon, Navneet Kaur, Nazifa Nazifa;

■ Hebersham: Leonie Gale;

■ Mt Druitt: Aziza Belhak;

■ Plumpton: Saba Mustansar;

■ Quakers Hill: Francis Cassar, Ramandeep Chadha;

■ Rooty Hill: Floribee Bolano;

■ The Ponds: Mohammad Beriya; and

■ Woodcroft: Emily Abella-Chua.

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