More than 170 people to join the Coast's Australian family on Australia Day 2010
More than 170 people will become Australian citizens on 26 January during an Australia Day ceremony hosted by the Sunshine Coast Council at Noosaville Lions Park, Tewantin.
The new Sunshine Coast Australians are among some 16,000 people who will become citizens at more than 300 ceremonies right across the nation.
Mayor Bob Abbot said he was looking forward to welcoming the new citizens into the Coast's Australian family.
"Australia Day is an opportunity for all of us to take pride in our citizenship and reflect on the meaning and importance of being Australian," Cr Abbot said.
"In the past year, the region has had about 1140 people become Australian Citizens.
"These newest citizens come from a number of different countries including the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Republic of South Africa and Canada.
"They may have been residents for varying lengths of time but all have now made the decision to permanently call Australia home.
"Our nation has always been enriched by the cultures and traditions of its new citizens and I'm sure these latest additions will contribute to our rich cultural diversity and help shape our country's future."
The Holmes family, from Buderim, is one family who will become citizens at the Tewantin ceremony.
They have lived in Australia for three years, and are very excited to become citizens as the whole nation celebrates.
The ceremony will commence at 9am, followed by entertainment, food stalls, jumping castle and children's games.
All are welcome to join in the celebration with our new citizens.
Mayor and distinguished guests present at Citizenship Ceremony
Mayor Bob Abbot accompanied by several distinguished guests will present at the Citizenship Ceremony in Tewantin at 9am on Australia Day, Tuesday 26 January.
Special guests attending the ceremony will include:
* Brooke Hanson - Master of Ceremonies
* Mr Glen Elmes - State Member of Parliament for Noosa
* Mr Bob Abbot -- Mayor for the Sunshine Coast
* Councillor Lew Brennan -- Division 12
* Mr John Buchanan - guest speaker and Australia Day Ambassador
* Mr Lyndon Davies and support dancers - the Gubbi Gubbi Dance Group for the Sunshine Coast Region
* Samantha Martin and Michael Butler - International Film Makers based on the Sunshine Coast
WHAT: Citizenship Ceremony
WHEN: Tuesday 26 January, 9am
WHERE: Noosaville Lions Park, Tewantin
The ceremony will feature speeches and presentations by guests, including performances by the Gubbi Gubbi Dance Group and international film stars Samantha Martin and Michael Butler.
Mayor Bob Abbot will preside over the formal citizenship ceremony and present all new recipients with their certificates.
Following the ceremony will be a photo opportunity with Brooke and Mayor Abbott for new citizens and a celebratory lunch.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FOR CITIZENSHIP CEREMONY
7am Rotary Great Aussie Breakfast
8am Bush Band, Flotilla, classic cars
9am Sunshine Coast Regional Council Citizenship Ceremony
11am Local Legends Awards
12.30pm Bush band, face and rock painting, magicians, jugglers, wandering musicians, jumping castle, and merry-go-round
Lions food vans and stalls all day
Noosaville Lions Park, Tewantin
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