New Australian citizens at the Citizenship Ceremony at Gladstone Regional Council on November 21, 2012.
New Australian citizens at the Citizenship Ceremony at Gladstone Regional Council on November 21, 2012. David Sparkes

Gladstone region welcomes a new batch of smiling Aussies

THE Gladstone region has a new batch of smiling Aussies.

At a Citizenship Ceremony yesterday, a group of people from around the world came along with one simple goal: they wanted to be Australian.

In the Gladstone Regional Council chambers, Councillor Ren Lanzon told the new citizens they had something in common with him - Cr Lanzon is also a migrant, having been born in Malta.

He welcomed the group and told them Australia would be a great home for them and their descendents.

The morning tea included Vegemite sandwiches and pavlova. The new Aussies either liked, or pretended to like, the Vegemite while the 'pav' didn't last long at all.

Australia is their new home

RADU Mitrica knows exactly where he wants to be.

The 12-year-old became an official Aussie yesterday, after taking an oath of citizenship with his parents.

Romanian-born Radu said he loves life in the Gladstone region. There are beaches, the air is clean and the weather is amazing.

He was also impressed by the post-ceremony pavlova.

Yesterday's citizenship ceremony was a special moment for Radu's parents Carmen and Lucian.

The family arrived in Australia in 2008, and Carmen said they were passionate about making this their home.

She said life here would be better for both parents, but most of all, for their son.

Gladstone Regional Mayor Gail Sellers, with Carmen, Radu and Lucian Mitrica at the Citizenship Ceremony at Gladstone Regional Council on November 21, 2012.
Gladstone Regional Mayor Gail Sellers, with Carmen, Radu and Lucian Mitrica at the Citizenship Ceremony at Gladstone Regional Council on November 21, 2012. David Sparkes

Fast facts

  • 14 new Australians swore an oath and became citizens.
  • There has been an increase in citizenship ceremonies lately, with a growing number of immigrants taking the oath.
  • Local political leaders from council, state and federal levels were in attendance.



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