Page 62 - Sandgate Guide December Issue
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  Welcome Sandgate’s
Newest Citizens
he 4017 community will give a warm welcome to its newest residents at the annual Australia Day Citizenship
Family members, friends and fellow residents will celebrate the diversity of the community when 50 people take their oaths on Wednesday, 26 January at the Sandgate Town Hall.
Deagon Ward Councillor Jared Cassidy said he considered it a great honour to act as Presiding Officer at the ceremony.
“I am happy to once again partner with the Sandgate Branch of the Queensland Country Women’s Association (QCWA) to host the citizenship ceremony,” he said.
Federal MP for Lilley, Anika Wells and State Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchcliffe will be assisting with the formal proceedings on the day.
“It is a very special and important event in the lives of the new Australian residents,” Jared said. “Previously we have welcomed new residents from India, The Philippines, England, Scotland, Germany and many more countries.
“Brisbane is the most multicultural city in Australia and celebrating our diversity at this special civic event is one of the most special things we can do as a community. I love seeing the excitement on the faces of our new citizens and their families.”
Registrations will commence at 9.30am with the citizenship ceremony starting at 10.30am. Special guest Turrbal Elder Uncle Joe Kirk will deliver a Welcome to Country. The Bayside Divas will perform a variety of songs including an impressive rendition of the National Anthem at the conclusion of the ceremony, with the new citizens and audience singing along.
Afterwards, everyone is invited to a morning tea provided by QCWA Sandgate Branch, and vice president Heather Valentine said she was looking forward to attending the ceremony.
“The Sandgate Branch of the QCWA has supported the ceremony for a few years now and it has been our great pleasure to see new Australians make their personal pledge to this nation,” Heather said.
“On hearing some of their stories, it reminds us that we truly live in the lucky country.”
The ceremony is a popular event, with a full house at the Sandgate Town Hall last year to welcome the new Australian citizens.
Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony Wednesday, 26 January, 2022 9.30am registration for 10.30am start Sandgate Town Hall

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