One of city’s biggest citizenship ceremonies

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
The Citizenship Ceremony was Bunbury’s biggest of the year, excluding the Australia Day event.
Camera IconThe Citizenship Ceremony was Bunbury’s biggest of the year, excluding the Australia Day event. Credit: Graphic / South Western Times

Bunbury welcomed an influx of new citizens last week with 36 new residents from 11 different countries taking part in one of city’s biggest citizenship ceremonies.

People from Thailand, India, Philippines, Malaysia, Poland, Zimbabwe, England, Scotland, Pakistan, Ireland and New Zealand were among the new Australian citizens.

The Citizenship Ceremony was Bunbury City Council’s biggest of the year, excluding the Australia Day event.

At the ceremony, the new citizens pledged to share the country’s democratic beliefs and to respect the rights and liberties of the people of Australia.

Once they made their Australian Citizenship Pledge, Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan presented each new citizen with their Australian Citizenship Certificate.

About 80 friends and family of the new citizens attended the ceremony held at the council’s function room to celebrate the momentous occasion.

Mayor Gary Brennan said citizenship ceremonies were special events and he was honoured to be a part of the process.

“Bunbury is a culturally diverse and respectful community,” Mr Brennan said.

“Conferring Australian Citizenship on behalf of the Federal Government is a great pleasure as it means a lot to me being an Australian and I can see the emotion new citizens experience when they are presented with their certificate.”

“The more diverse our community becomes the more enriched our community becomes.”

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