Over 50 residents became citizens on Australia Day weekend
FIFTY-FIVE new Australian residents were sworn in at a public ceremony at the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre on the eve of Australia Day.
The residents from throughout the region chose to be a part of the council's annual special citizenship ceremony, held in conjunction with the Australia Day Awards, on Saturday night.
Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers said the large number who chose to become new citizens on the Australia Day weekend showed how much being sworn in as Australians meant to them.
"It was a wonderful ceremony, and to see so many people take the pledge to become Australian citizens added even greater lustre to an already special event," Cr Sellers said.
"Having some of the region's most dedicated community champions in attendance on the same night as our newest residents really reinforces what is so special about being Australian."
Cr Sellers said the special citizenship ceremony continued to grow in popularity with new residents 65 years after the Nationality and Citizenship Act 1948 came into force on January 26, 1949.