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Sharma and Adnam Anwar, with their three-year old-daughter Arisha, will become Australian Citizens on Australia Day.
Photo: Elesa Kurtz
Couple embracing life in Australia
Kimberley Le Lievre
Adnam Anwar and his wife Shama
Islam arrived in Australia five years
ago after leaving behind a lush life
surrounded by family in Bangladesh.
Mr Anwar arrived on an aeroplane
six months before his wife joined him,
with just $400 and two bags of clothes.
Less than two years later, Mrs Islam
gave birth to a daughter, now three-
On Australia Day, January 26, the
pair will become Australian citizens at
a ceremony in Queanbeyan.
"It will feel great," Mrs Islam said.
"We re becoming citizens because
we like this society, we like this
The couple are electrical engineers,
with Mrs Islam a recent graduate
looking for work and Mr Anwar
finishing his studies.
They said they decided to move to
Australia to escape the instability of
the social and political system in
Since their arrival, the couple have
started from scratch to build a new life
for their little family.
"We re very comfortable with this
culture, we feel secure here," Mr
"We re used to the practices and
cultures in Bangladesh but the political
and social system, those things are a
big concern," he said.
He said if he was given five reasons
to describe what he liked best about
Australia, every single one of the
reasons would be the social security.
"The main thing we miss in
Bangladesh is our parents and our
family," Mr Anwar said.
The couple also said they miss the
"There are lots of street foods which
are not hygienic or healthy but they re
really really tasty.
The couple said they loved living in
Queanbeyan for the quiet and calm
location, and the more affordable rent
"There are parks everywhere, the
community is good and everything is
in a convenient location," Mr Anwar
"We still don t have many dollars,
but we re surviving and we re living a
good life. We are happy," he said.
Merger submissions open
The proposal for the merger of
Queanbeyan with part of Palerang has
been referred to the acting chief
executive of the Office of Local
Government for examination and
report, as required by the Local
The acting chief executive has
nominated delegate John Turner to
conduct the review.
Submissions from the public are
now open until 5pm on February 28
and can be made online at
by mail to GPO Box 5341, Sydney
NSW 2001. Public consultation will
be held at the Braidwood Servicemens
Club on Thursday, February 11, from
1pm to 4pm; at the Comfort Inn
Airport International in Queanbeyan
on Thursday, February 11, from 7pm
Members of the public who would
like to speak at the inquiry are
requested to indicate this when they
register to attend, at the website listed
For further information phone
1300 813 020.
Super powers for all-seeing telescope
Member for Eden-Monaro
Last month I had the privilege of
representing the Prime Minister at the
50th anniversary and re-launch of the
upgraded Molonglo Observatory
Synthesis Telescope (MOST), located
about 30 minutes east of Queanbeyan.
The MOST is an example of
Australia s strength in radio
astronomy and science; occupying an
important part of Australia s scientific
history when the original telescope
was opened by Prime Minister Robert
Menzies in 1965.
At the time, it was one of the
world s most powerful astronomical
instruments, and ushered in a new
dawn of discovery for Australian
science. More recently, collaboration
between the University of Sydney,
CSIRO, Swinburne University, and
Australian National University
through the ARC Centre of Excellence
for All-sky Astrophysics
(CAASTRO), has resulted in an
upgrade of the telescope and the
addition of a supercomputer on site.
The telescope is also one of the
official Square Kilometre Array
(SKA) pathfinder telescopes -- set to be
the world s largest radio telescope --
and is being used to pioneer new radio-
observing models relevant to SKA.
The new upgrade gives the
telescope 10 times the information and
four times the search area, making it
massively more efficient than the
The Molonglo Radio Telescope
project has had a proud history over
the last half century. But it is also an
important part of the future with
investment in science remaining at the
heart of the national economic agenda.
Fun day for
Celebrate Australia Day in
Queanbeyan with family fun starting
with the citizenship ceremony at
4.30pm in Queanbeyan Park.
The day will involve the
presentation of citizen and young
citizen of the year awards, free rides
and activities for children, live band
Something Like This from 6pm and a
spectacular fireworks display at 9pm.
Enjoy free face painting, a merry-
go-round and a jumping castle for the
kids, as well as free tea, coffee, cordial
This year Queanbeyan s Australia
Day Ambassador is A J (Jim) Molan
AO DSC Major General (retired).
The wet weather venue for the
Citizenship ceremony is Queanbeyan
TEEN'S PICTURE BOOK
Tale will Soon tell deployment pain
Teen author Jessica Love and her
father, Australian Army Colonel
Shaun Love, look at her book
addressing parental deployment
through a child's eyes. Photo:
When you re seven years old and
missing your parent the word soon
can be a hard word to swallow. Jessica
Love knows the feeling all too well.
Her father, Australian Army
Colonel Shaun Love, was deployed to
the Sinai Peninsular for 13 months
when Jessica was just seven.
Now 14, the Canberra teenager has
penned and illustrated a picture book
to articulate the mix of emotions that
flooded her young mind as she awaited
her father s return.
What began as a school assignment
blossomed into Soon, the tear-jerker
tale of a Fantasia-like mushroom
waiting for her father to return home.
Defence Health funded the
publication of the book, which will be
included in packages sent to
Australian Defence Force families
affected by deployment.
Since finishing Soon, Jessica has
become the youngest person to receive
a Chief of Defence Force
Commendation for sharing her story.
Jessica is now planning a sequel
CBD STAGE 2 PROJECT
Public info day
for new park
The CBD Stage 2 project is now under
way, with construction fencing up
around Queen Elizabeth Park.
Contractors have removed the
children s playground as well as 17
trees. The finished design will see a
more user-friendly park for the
community, which will include picnic
facilities, a new children s playground,
wet play area, barbecue and about
50 new mature trees.
The contractors will work between
the agreed hours of 7am and 5pm on
weekdays and from 7am to 3pm on
Contractor Bost Civil will hold a
community information session on
Saturday, January 30, from 10am to
noon in its site office at the former
Queanbeyan Nursery on Morisset
At this session, residents will be
able to talk to Bost and Queanbeyan
City Council representatives about the
project and enjoy a free sausage sizzle.
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