Six­teen new cit­i­zens wel­comed

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Gizelle Ghidella

PRIDE was over­flow­ing as 16 new Australian cit­i­zens were wel­comed with cheers and laugh­ter at a cit­i­zen­ship cer­e­mony in Moss­man Shire Hall.

Peo­ple from all walks of life, from as far as Croa­tia and as close as New Zealand de­cided to make the pledge to of­fi­cially call them­selves Australian.

Vikram Jit Singh, orig­i­nally from In­dia, came to Aus­tralia on a stu­dent visa to study hos­pi­tal­ity 10 years ago.

He couldn’t help but smile as he re­ceived his cer­tifi­cate, some­thing he said was worth wait­ing for.

“I’m feel­ing so hon­oured and proud to be an Australian.

“Aus­tralia is a mul­ti­cul­tural coun­try, it’s got lovely peo­ple, lovely weather,

“It didn’t take me long to re­alise this is the land of op­por­tu­ni­ties,” he said.

Vikram was thank­ful for his hard work­ing mother’s sup­port who he knows would proud of where he is to­day.

Pic­ture: GIZELLE GHIDELLA

Dou­glas Shire Mayor Ju­lia Leu with 16 new Australian cit­i­zens and their loved ones

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