Gladstone's Aus Day citizenship ceremony to break records
More than 100 residents will soon take the final step toward becoming Australian citizens in Gladstone Regional Council's largest ever public citizenship ceremony.
Council will officially welcome 103 new Australians at its January 25 citizenship ceremony which will be held in conjunction with the naming of Council's 2016 Australia Day Award winners.
Gladstone Region Mayor Gail Sellers said the celebratory evening would be held from 6.15pm at the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre.
"This is a night to welcome and congratulate new Australian citizens while celebrating remarkable achievements of our residents and commending our region's Australia Day Awards nominees," Councillor Sellers said.
"It has only been four months since Council had recorded its highest citizenship participation at a public ceremony.
"This was on Australian Citizenship Day in September when 85 residents proudly received Australian citizenship."
Cr Sellers said Gladstone's newest Australian citizens originated from many countries including Pakistan, Iraq, South Africa, United Kingdom, Britain, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Namibia, Canada, India and more.
"It is an honour to welcome new residents from around the world who have chosen to become Australian citizens and live in the Gladstone Region," she said.
"Our region is enriched by the knowledge, skills and customs these new residents bring to our region."
The ceremony involves residents who have applied for citizenship uniting for a citizenship oath or affirmation, presentation of Australian Citizenship certificates from the Mayor, commemorative gifts and gathering for a group photograph.
The Awards program then follows with acknowledgement of Council's 2016 Australia Day Awards nominees, announcement of Award category winners, a thank you from the Mayor and cutting of the Australia Day cake.