Warm wel­come to our new­est cit­i­zens

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

NEW Aus­tralian cit­i­zens were wel­comed to the North Bur­nett in a cer­e­mony on Wed­nes­day morn­ing in Mount Perry.

The two girls pic­tured were the youngest to re­ceive their cit­i­zen­ship and are twins.

North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil mayor Rachel Cham­bers was thrilled to be able to at­tend the pro­ces­sion and said it was a great thing for our re­gion.

“We wel­comed six new cit­i­zens from four coun­tries in our re­gion on Wed­nes­day morn­ing,” Cr Cham­bers said.

“It is al­ways my great hon­our to wel­come new cit­i­zens to this beau­ti­ful part of the world.

“I have not met a per­son yet who did not re­gard cit­i­zen­ship as a huge priv­i­lege, th­ese cer­e­monies are a mo­men­tous oc­ca­sion in their lives.”

Cr Cham­bers said it was a well-at­tended event with fam­ily and friends gath­ered.

“We hold th­ese cer­e­monies every cou­ple of months when we have a hand­ful of peo­ple who are ready to be­come cit­i­zens,” Cr Cham­bers said.

The North Bur­nett holds th­ese cer­e­monies along with other re­gions.

“Every mayor is able to per­form th­ese cer­e­monies so every lo­cal gov­ern­ment area has them,” Cr Cham­bers said.

Cer­e­monies have an av­er­age of five to six peo­ple be­com­ing cit­i­zens.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

BIG SMILES: Mayor Rachel Cham­bers wel­comed six new cit­i­zens in a ser­vice on Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

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