30 June, 2023
Welcome to new citizens
A GROUP of new Australians were recently welcomed to the Mossman community during a special citizenship ceremony held at the Mossman Shire Hall last Thursday.
The 20 people received a Commemorative Australian Citizenship Certificate from Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr as well as a native plant from the council’s nursery to celebrate the special occasion.
The ceremony was held during Refugee Week and this year’s theme was “Finding Freedom”.
The new citizens hail from Chile, Iran, Nepal, Saudi Arabia, Philippines, Turkey, Czech Republic, South Africa, Italy, Argentina, Ireland, France, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Cr Kerr said he was pleased to welcome so many new citizens to the Douglas Shire.
“These people have chosen to become an Australian citizen because they seek the special qualities of peace, prosperity and harmony which characterise the Australian lifestyle,” he said.
“Australia can take enormous pride in their decision to freely choose to become part of this nation as a fully participating member.”