More than 70 "new Australians" will swear their allegiance to the flag at an Australian Citizenship ceremony hosted by Caloundra City Council at 10.30am on Monday, September 17, at the Playhouse theatre, Events Centre, Minchinton St, Caloundra.
City hosts new Australians on National Citizenship Day
This Monday, 68 adults and nine children will be able to legitimately call Australia home when they join hundreds of people throughout the nation taking the opportunity to declare their allegiance to our country as part of National Citizenship Day celebrations.
Caloundra City Mayor, Don Aldous, said the ceremony was part of a six-year-old Federal Government campaign to encourage permanent residents, who have been living in Australia for more than two years, to take up Australian citizenship.
"That campaign is what will bring us together on National Citizenship Day," Cr Aldous said.
"Since Australian citizenship was introduced in 1949 about four million overseas-born people have gained Australian citizenship.
"And it will be great to see so many people in Caloundra City on Monday, making that same conscious decision to become a citizen of our great nation."
The ceremony will see people from as close physically as New Zealand and as far away culturally as Kenya and Indonesia, take up Australian citizenship.