Tejash and Jagruti Parikh and their daughter Sakshi (left) will join Shriya in becoming Australian citizens this weekend.
Tejash and Jagruti Parikh and their daughter Sakshi (left) will join Shriya in becoming Australian citizens this weekend. Kerri Burns-Taylor

True blue Aussie family

SAKSHI Parikh will join her parents, Tejash and Jagruti, and follow in her younger sister's footsteps this weekend when the three of them become Australian citizens.

The family migrated to Australia from India in 2007 and are now ready to make it official and call Australia home.

The youngest of the Parikh brood, five-year-old Shriya, was born in Mackay and is already an Australian citizen.

Mr Parikh said the decision to start over in a new country was one driven by a desire for a better life.

"I was working as a technician and looking for countries that had better opportunities, such as the US and Canada," he said.

"We found out that Australia is much safer and is more progressive and that is why we chose to come here."

Since migrating Down Under, the Parikhs have lived in Mackay, Canberra and Brisbane before settling in Warwick eight months ago.

Mrs Parikh said she is enjoying the slower-paced lifestyle of the Rose City, which is something she has not experienced before.

"Warwick is a very quite and safe area and we can still go to Brisbane because it is not too far away," she said.

Although the smaller size of the city is something new for the family, there is something about Warwick that reminds them of their former home.

"We love Queensland because it has similar weather to India," Mrs Parikh said.

The Parikhs try to visit India when they can and say it is important for their daughters to know the country's culture.

Tejash, Jagruti and Shriya will be naturalised at a ceremony on Australia Day.



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