Over 60 Coast residents will celebrate Harmony Day by becoming Australian Citizens
  • Friday 16 March 2012

Sunshine Coast Council congratulates more than 60 local residents who will celebrate Harmony Day by officially becoming Sunshine Coast’s newest Australian Citizens at a special ceremony at Buderim War Memorial Community Hall at 12.30pm on 21 March.

Over 150 invited guests are expected to attend to help celebrate this important day as the new citizens take the exciting step of showing their commitment and loyalty to Australia with the desire to share a common future.

The Boyfield family – originally from the United Kingdom and now residing in Buderim – are among the people who will become citizens at Buderim.

Hayley Boyfield said her family have called Australia home for four years and are very excited to become citizens on such a memorable day.

"I enjoy the lifestyle that Australia has, such as the beaches, diverse culture and the relaxed lifestyle," she said.

"This has inspired my family to call Australia home and gain citizenship."

Community Development Manager Eric Moes said the Harmony Day ceremony is the most representative of the year in regards to citizenship and is an integral part of the journey for our new citizens as it marks what can often be an emotional decision.

"Harmony Day is a day to remember that all Australians are welcome, regardless of their background," he said.

"It is a time to celebrate Australia’s multicultural background and diverse cultures that make up this great country. What better way to recognise this than through an Australian citizenship ceremony on such a special day.

"Australia has always been enriched by the cultures and traditions of its new citizens. I am certain that these latest additions will make an enormous contribution to our rich cultural diversity and help to shape our country’s future."

Australian Citizenship ceremonies are held bi-monthly and rotate across the Sunshine Coast region.