Sunshine Coast welcomes 165 new citizens
  • Wednesday 19 January 2011

More than 165 Sunshine Coast residents will join the Coast’s Australian family on 26 January at an Australia Day ceremony hosted by Sunshine Coast Council at Kings Beach and Lions Park, Caloundra.

These Sunshine Coast residents are among some 32,000 people who will become Australian citizens at more than 320 ceremonies right across the nation.

Mayor Bob Abbot said he was looking forward to welcoming the new citizens into the Coast’s Australian family.

“Australia Day is an opportunity for all of us to take pride in our citizenship and reflect on the meaning and importance of being Australian,” Cr Abbot said.

“The Sunshine Coast community welcomes its newest citizens and wishes them well as they take this important and final step to officially join the Australian family.

“Our nation has always been enriched by the cultures and traditions of new citizens and I’m sure our newest Australians will add to that cultural diversity and help shape our country’s future.”

The Goktas family, from the United Kingdom, is one family who will become citizens at the Caloundra ceremony.

They have lived in Australia for three years, and are very excited to become citizens as the whole nation celebrates.

Olympian Steve Bradbury OAM will be the MC for the ceremony and Australia Day Ambassador Ron Rankin OAM, Surf Lifesaving Leader and 2010 Queensland Senior Australian of the Year, will be a special guest speaker.

The outdoor Citizenship Ceremony will commence at 9am at Kings Beach Amphitheatre, with reserved and limited seating for candidates and their invited guests. The ceremony will be followed by live entertainment, food stalls, jumping castle and children's workshops across the Lions Park and Kings Beach stages.

All are welcome to join in the free-of-charge Australia Day celebrations. A free shuttle bus will be going to and from the Caloundra Transit centre throughout the day.

For further details about Sunshine Coast Council’s Australia Day 2011 event including the line-up of entertainment and celebrations, visit council’s website.