New citizens welcomed in Dysart and Moranbah

The Isaac community recently welcomed 20 new citizens to the region in Dysart on Monday, 19 August and Moranbah on Monday, 26 August.

Friends and family gathered to witness the special occasion as the proud new Australians took their pledge of commitment.

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

“It’s an honour to invite and witness people make the pledge to become citizens of our great nation,” Mayor Baker said.

“Our new citizens have undertaken a journey much greater than most of us could imagine, and to have two ceremonies in two weeks at two Isaac communities’ highlights what a great place the region is to call home.”

Mayor Baker said the process can take some people several years to bring to fruition.

“I congratulate every one of our new citizens on their commitment, persistence and desire to be officially recognised as an Australian.

“Being part of the ceremony to welcome our new citizens is one of the greatest privileges I enjoy as Mayor, and I am thrilled to help the new citizens embark on this exciting new journey in their lives.”

The new citizens welcomed are; Xavier, Caleb, Dutch and Marc Abadilla, Agnes Bitcon, Erl and Zorel Cortez, Gerardo and Samantha Marasigan, Marilyn Pangan, Lorna Mciver and Reinadel Ramilo from the Philippines; Dineth Atapattu Liyanaralalage from Sri Lanka; Jatinder Singh, Mousam Hajra and Rahul Raina from India; Danish Uddin and Owais Khanzada from Pakistan; Caroline Pollitt from Kenya; and Robin Pollitt from United Kingdon.

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

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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