Mansfield welcomes new Aussie citizens

WELCOME TO AUSTRALIA: Mansfield welcomed its newest Australian citizens last week at a ceremony conducted in the Mansfield Shire Council Chambers. Along with their citizenship certificates, the new Australians were presented with a native plant as a keepsake. Pictured are (from left) Rumesh Ranasinghe, Savindika Pugoda-Kankanamge, Mansfield mayor Marg Attley and Zdenka Hradil.

AUSTRALIA is a land of immigrants, who over time have made the country the place it is.

Their stories are part of our identity, and the three new citizens who joined us last week, like those before them, will enrich the nation with their unique histories.

‘Savi’ Pugoda-Kankanamge and her husband Rumesh Ranasinghe, who both took their Australian citizenship oath, were childhood sweethearts back in Sri Lanka.

When Rumesh left school, he came to Australia to study, achieving a Certificate Four in Hospitality.

Meanwhile, Savi waited in Sri Lanka until Rumesh returned in 2010, when they married.

The couple returned to Australia, where Savi commenced a Diploma of Nursing at Rosebud, while Rumesh took a hospitality job in Mansfield.

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