Cultural diversity in the Redlands will be celebrated on Tuesday when 144 residents from across the globe take part in the City’s Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony.
Redland City Mayor Karen Williams will preside over the ceremony at the Redlands Performing Arts Centre to welcome people from 31 countries as Australian citizens.
“Throughout last year, we welcomed 769 new citizens from 57 countries, further adding to the multicultural character across the Redlands, for which we are incredibly proud,’’ Cr Williams said.
“This City was built by the hard work and vision of pioneering migrants, so it is wonderful to see our beautiful bush, beach and bay environment and strong sense of community continue to be a strong attraction for those seeking a new life.
“And what better way to celebrate what makes our nation and our City great than becoming a citizen of our great country and warmly welcoming those who do?
“Again this Australia Day, we will come together to embrace them all and the contribution they make in ensuring our City truly is the best place to live, play and do business.”
Cr Williams said that for many of the candidates, becoming an Australian citizen has been a transition that includes their entire family.
“The citizenship ceremony is marks an important milestone for many in our local community, which makes it a very special event,” she said.
Nations represented at Tuesday’s ceremony are: Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, Fiji, Finland, France, Hong Kong, India, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Poland, Republic of Ireland, Russia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.
Guest speaker at the ceremony will be 2015 Redland City Australia Day Citizen of the Year, Mick Bentham, founder of the Bentham Foundation which helps underprivileged children in Nepal.
Redland City Council Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony event
- Tuesday 26 January 2015
- Doors open at 8.30am for a 9am start
- Concert Hall, Redland Performing Arts Centre, Middle Street, Cleveland