Compared to her homeland of Nigeria, the cold weather is just one of the things Maryevans Uche-Amanze loves about Tasmania.
But it was her love of the people that made her want to become an Australian citizen.
Mrs Uche-Amanze and her children Munachi and Adaeze were among 56 Launceston residents conferred with Australian citizenship at Albert Hall on Tuesday.
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Moving to Tasmania with her husband in 2015, she said it had been a long, but worthwhile journey.
"I accompanied my husband here. He is a sailor and he came here to study at UTAS," she said.
"After his program, one year, we applied for permanent residency. Initially I didn't want to stay, but I was actually frightened to go back home.
"We decided because we had been in Tasmania, we found this place beautiful - it's quiet and it's a really lovely place to raise children - we decided to stay."
Among the latest Australian citizens were migrants from Afghanistan, Sudan, Bhutan, United Kingdom, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Nepal, Iran, Ireland, Nigeria, USA, China, New Zealand, Egypt, Germany, Pakistan and Canada.
City of Launceston mayor Albert van Zetten said the decision to become an Australian citizen was an important one.
"We are privileged to live in a city that has such a rich cultural fabric and our new citizens will add to the diversity of our community," he said.
"Although some of the conferees have already been contributing to our community for some time, it gives me great pleasure to be able to officially welcome all of them as new citizens."
Hoping for a bright and happy future for her children, Mrs Uche-Amanze said it was a beautiful thing to finally be an Australian.
"It feels so good to be part of the people of Australia," she said.
"They are actually beautiful people. Very accommodating and I just feel privileged to be a part of this place."
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