Gladstone take in record number of migrants
GLADSTONE Regional Council will welcome 93 new Australian citizens in its largest Australian citizenship ceremony on Friday.
The Gladstone residents, a record number from last year's record 85, will take their final steps toward becoming Australian citizens in the hall at Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre from 4pm.
The national day was launched in 2001 to raise community awareness of Australian citizenship, provide a day for citizenship-related activities and celebrations and offer a time to reflect on being Australian.
"An application for citizenship takes several months and the citizenship ceremony signifies finalisation of the process," Gladstone mayor Matt Burnett said.
"Citizenship ceremonies celebrate and acknowledge official citizenship status and often symbolise an important step in the journey of immigration for many new residents."
The ceremony will involve Gladstone residents from Tonga, Philippines, United Kingdom, South Africa, Thailand, Latvia, Britain, United States of America, Mexico, Fiji, Canada, Cambodia, New Zealand, Colombia, Germany, Russian Federation, Zimbabwe, Jamaica, Egypt, Iran, Portugal, Mozambique and Nepal.
It will include reading of a citizenship oath and affirmation and presentation of Australian citizenship certificates.
The council has welcomed 215 new Australian citizens in the region this year, 283 in 2015 and 280 in 2014.
The September 17 date of Australian Citizenship Day celebrates the anniversary of the renaming of the Nationality and Citizenship Act 1948 to the Australian Citizenship Act 1948.
Further information about the process of applying for Australian citizenship and details about public citizenship ceremonies conducted by the council is available at gladstone.qld. gov.au/citizenship.