There is no place like the Sunshine Coast
  • Tuesday 07 July 2015
Will Waters pictured by the ocean

More than 180 local residents will officially become Sunshine Coast’s newest Australian citizens at a citizenship ceremony which coincides with NAIDOC Week at the Innovation Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast on Thursday (July 9).

Will Waters, formerly from the United Kingdom and now residing in Twin Waters, was keen to share his story of why he decided to become an Australian citizen.

For most of his life, Will had been surrounded by the beautiful natural environment of countryside and ocean.

After completing university, he spent a number of years running a beachside hospitality and retail business at Lusty Glaze Beach in Newquay, Cornwall – just 130 steps down from the cliff top.

“I then had the urge to travel,” Will said.

“Three years after backpacking around Australia you wouldn’t believe it - I met my Australian wife in Cornwall while she was backpacking the northern hemisphere.

“My wife and I spent a number of our holidays travelling back to Australia and we both agreed Australia was where we wanted to settle and have a family.

“We got married at Burleigh Heads and spent our honeymoon at Coolum.

“We both immediately fell in love with the region. We both love the outdoors and being surrounded by perfect conditions for surfing and kitesurfing made it difficult for us to head back to the UK after we got married.”

Will and his family have settled on the Sunshine Coast and own Barefoot Energy Consulting which helps businesses save energy costs through clean energy solutions.

Will said his family loved the Sunshine Coast climate, the unspoilt coastline, the people and not wearing a wetsuit in the ocean most of the year.

“Becoming an Australian citizen will make me feel like I’m part of Australia and I look forward to helping to make Australia an even better place for generations to come,” he said.

Australian Citizenship Ceremonies on the Sunshine Coast are held bi-monthly in locations across the region. Visit Council’s website for further information on Australian Citizenship Ceremonies.

NAIDOC Week is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.

This week’s ceremony starts at 1.30pm.