Strength in our area’s cul­tural di­ver­sity

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DALBY wel­comed 26 new cit­i­zens into the Aussie fold at the cit­i­zen­ship cer­e­mony as part of the mul­ti­cul­tural De­li­cious and De­light­ful Fes­ti­val last week­end.

Mayor Paul McVeigh of­fi­ci­ated the cer­e­mony and wel­comed peo­ple from In­dia, the Philip­pines, the UK, Ire­land, Iran, Cam­bo­dia and the Nether­lands as Dalby’s new­est Aus­tralian cit­i­zens.

“Aus­tralia stands proud in today’s world, recog­nised for de­fend­ing the val­ues, rights and obli­ga­tions which will stand us in good stead, for as long as we em­brace them,” Cr McVeigh said.

“The his­tory and cul­ture of Aus­tralia has been forged over thou­sands of years, first through Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der peo­ple, and more re­cently, with peo­ple from the four cor­ners of the earth.”

“Aus­tralians are proud of hav­ing sur­vived and thrived as a na­tion,” he said.

The 26 new cit­i­zens took the pledge of com­mit­ment and were pre­sented with cer­tifi­cates and a Robyn Gor­don gre­vil­lea, the flo­ral em­blem of Western Downs.

PHOTO: MAR­GUERITE CUDDIHY

WEL­COM­ING: Mayor Paul McVeigh.

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