New Aussies pleased to call Gladstone home
GLADSTONE welcomed 51 new Australians as part of the citizenship ceremony at the Gladstone Entertainment and Convention Centre this week.
Australian flags, koala bears and big smiles filled the room as new citizens received their certificates supported by family and friends.
Saul Marin and his wife Lina both became citizens after living in Australia for five years.
"We started out living in a tiny town called Tumut in NSW," said Mr Marin.
"Then we moved to Wagga for four years and now we live happily in Gladstone."
Mrs Marin said she was looking forward to welcoming their "little kangaroo" into the world next April.
"Our new baby is going to be Australian," she said. "We are so excited."
The couple, who are originally from Cali in Colombia, love the Queensland lifestyle and weather.
"People are so wonderful," said Mr Marin. "My work is here, my family is here and my home is here."
Duen-Wayne Ogilvie and his brother Christophe were given koala toys by a friend.
"My favourite Australian food is pork sausages on the barbecue and my favourite animal is the kangaroo" said Duen-Wayne.
"Mine are pavlova and echidnas," said Christophe. "I love the Queensland weather too.
"It's warm and beaches are beautiful. It reminds me so much of Jamaica."