Welcome the Coast's newest Aussies
Mayor Bob Abbot will welcome 73 people from around the world who will become official "Aussies" at a Citizenship Ceremony on Saturday 17 October at the Beerwah Community Hall.
The Mayor will preside over the ceremony where 62 adults and 11 children from 15 countries including the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Malta and Zimbabwe will become Australian citizens.
"I couldn't think of a better place in the world to live than on the Sunshine Coast, so it's no surprise that so many new citizens choose to call the Coast home," Cr Abbot said.
"We're extremely lucky to have the diverse cultures and traditions they bring to our communities to enrich our way of life.
"They will remember the day they pledge their commitment Australia for the rest of their lives, and I'm honoured to be part of this special event."
The Beerwah Lions Club will serve up an Aussie tea at the ceremony, and the Sunshine Coast Youth Orchestra will perform.
With 73 people from around the world becoming Australian citizens at the ceremony, the reasons for becoming Australian are as diverse as their former homelands.
Vasantha Kumar Sirinivasan, originally from India, has wanted to come to Australia since he was a little boy so he could watch cricketer David Boon in action.
An experienced orthodontist, he has now set up his own practice on the Coast and will gain citizenship at next week's ceremony.
Since the first citizenship ceremony in 1949, more than four million people from over 200 countries have chosen to become Australia citizens.
The Ceremony starts at 1.30pm. Refreshments will be provided afterwards.
Beerwah Community Hall, Beerwah
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