More than 60 new citizens welcomed in Isaac region

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Mayor Anne Baker welcomed more than 60 new citizens during a special Australia Day ceremony at Moranbah Community Centre this morning (Wednesday, 26 January 2022).

Mayor Anne Baker welcomed more than 60 new citizens during a special Australia Day ceremony at Moranbah Community Centre this morning (Wednesday, 26 January 2022).

Socially distanced and wearing masks in a COVIDSafe event, citizens shared this exceptional milestone with family as the new Australians proudly took the pledge.

The citizens who took the oath hailed from Brazil, Britain, Egypt, India, Iran, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines and South Africa.

Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker said citizenship ceremonies provided a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and honour the rich diversity of cultures that exists within the Isaac region and the nation.

“Being part of the ceremony to welcome our new citizens is a real privilege and we are thrilled to help them embark on this exciting new journey in their lives,” Mayor Baker said.

“They have all undertaken a journey much greater than most of us could imagine.

“The process to become a citizen can take some people several years to bring to fruition.

“I congratulate them for their commitment, persistence and desire to be officially recognised as an Australian.”

Isaac Regional Council, under direction of the Department of Home Affairs, conducts Australian Citizenship Ceremonies throughout the year for registered applicants.

Australian citizenship represents commitment to Australia and its people, the values we share and our common future. Since the first Australian citizenship ceremony was hosted in 1949, more than four and a half million people have chosen to become Australian citizens.

Any persons interested in becoming an Australian Citizen should contact the Department of Home Affairs on 131 881 during office hours from 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday. For more details, visit www.isaac.qld.gov.au/citizenship-ceremonies or call 1300 ISAACS (1300 472 227).

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