New Australian citizens on Australia Day
  • Wednesday 18 January 2012

More than 200 locals will celebrate Australia Day by officially becoming Australian citizens at a special ceremony at Noosaville.

Sunshine Coast Council will host the Australia Day citizenship ceremony to celebrate this important day in the lives of the families and friends of Australia’s newest citizens.

Sunshine Coast Mayor Bob Abbot said the Australia Day ceremony is the largest of the year and is an integral part of the journey for new citizens as it marks what can often be one of the biggest decisions they will make.

"It is a very personal journey for citizenship recipients who often become quite emotional and reflective at the ceremony," Mayor Abbot said.

"Through citizenship, people commit to Australia’s democratic values such as equality, freedom of speech and religion and the rule of law.

"Citizenship is a unifying force for the nation and our record of welcoming and embracing new arrivals is fundamental to our identity, social cohesion and future as a nation.

"Australia is also enriched by the cultures and traditions of its new citizens who come from more than 230 countries around the world."

Australian citizenship ceremonies are held bi-monthly across the Sunshine Coast region. The Australia Day citizenship ceremony starts at 9am in Lions Park on Gympie Terrace in Noosaville on Thursday 26 January.

The Rotary Club of Noosa Heads and Tewantin Noosa Lions Club will host their annual Local Legend awards at the park after the citizenship ceremony. The Local Legend awards are a fun way to celebrate the efforts of local Australians on Australia Day who have made a contribution in four categories – Environment, Community, Past Services and Youth initiative.

Local Legends promises to be a fun filled day with loads of entertainment, including a national dress costume competition, bush poetry, Zumba dancing and Rebecca O’Connor performing her Tina Turner act. There will be community stalls, roving buskers, children’s activity area and food stalls run by the Tewantin Noosa Lions Club and Rotary Club of Noosa Heads.