Sunshine Coast welcomes 85 new citizens
  • Friday 04 March 2011

More than 85 local residents today (Thursday 3 March 2011) became official Australians at a citizenship ceremony hosted by Sunshine Coast Council at Sunshine Beach Bicentennial Hall.

The ceremony was attended by more than 300 people, including new Aussie citizens along with their friends and family.

MC for the event, Manager Creative Communities, Pauline Gordon said many locals were not aware that several citizenship ceremonies took place throughout the region every year.

“Council holds seven ceremonies each year; not just the major ceremony on Australia Day,” she said.

“Many people are not aware of these special events happening regularly, officially welcoming new members to join our Sunshine Coast Australian community.

“Sunshine Coast Council is the fourth largest council for citizenship in Queensland, and we take pride in being able to celebrate with our newest citizens this important milestone in their lives.

“On behalf of the Sunshine Coast community, we offer a special welcome to our newest citizens and wish them well as they take this important and final step to officially join the Australian family.”

Attendees at the indoor ceremony enjoyed performances by the popular Butchella Dance Troupe and local artists Jessie Ryan-Allen and Sarah Knight.

Sunshine Coast Young Citizen of the Year, Manuel Barth provided a motivating welcome speech to start the official proceedings.

Today’s event was the year’s second citizenship ceremony, with the next one scheduled for 13 May at Lake Kawana Community Centre.