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Redlanders to pledge citizenship


Redlanders from 25 countries around the globe will become the city’s newest Australian citizens tomorrow night in a ceremony at the Redland Performing Arts Centre.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said 124 people would participate in the city’s citizenship ceremony, further enriching the cultural diversity of the Redlands.

“With much of the Redlands pioneered by migrant families a century ago, whose names are now entrenched in the fabric of the city, citizenship ceremonies celebrate our cultural diversity,” she said.

“Our idyllic location and strong sense of community continues to attract people seeking a new life, with the Redlands welcoming 769 new citizens from 57 countries in 2015 alone, enriching the multicultural character of our city.”

Cr Williams said the citizenship ceremony was a significant milestone for those who have committed to becoming Australians.

“Citizenship is an important common bond for all Australians and lies at the heart of a unified, cohesive and inclusive community – this event is a great day in people’s lives,” she said.

“The Redlands welcomes new citizens five times a year at citizenship ceremonies conducted by Council, which formally welcome new citizens as full members of the Australian and Redlands community.”

Nations represented at this week’s ceremony include: China, Colombia, Denmark, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Lebanon, Malta, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Poland, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom and the United States.

Guest speaker at this month’s ceremony will be the founder and director of Redland City Choir Anita Taylor, who received the 2016 Redland City Australia Day Cultural Award in January in recognition of her significant achievements producing and promoting outstanding creative work in the Redlands.

Redland City Council Citizenship Ceremony event

Wednesday 8 June 2016
Doors open at 5.30pm for a 6pm start
Concert Hall, Redland Performing Arts Centre, Middle Street, Cleveland

If media would like to attend, please contact Redland City Council’s Communication, Engagement and Tourism Group on 3829 8288.

Redlands enriched by new citizens


Cultural diversity in the Redlands will be celebrated on Wednesday 9 March when 75 residents from around the globe take part in the city’s citizenship ceremony at the Redland Performing Arts Centre.

Redland City Council’s General Manger of Organisational Services, Nick Clarke, said the city’s newest Australian citizens hailed from 26 countries, demonstrating the cultural diversity of the city.

“Much of the Redlands was pioneered by migrant families a century ago, with the names of those families now part of the fabric of the city,” he said.

“Our idyllic location and strong sense of community continues to attract those seeking a new life, with the Redlands welcoming 769 new citizens from 57 countries in 2015 alone, enriching the multicultural character of our city.”

Mr Clarke said this month’s ceremony precedes National Harmony Day on 21 March, a day that celebrates our nation’s cultural diversity.

“With its core message ‘everyone belongs’, the theme of Harmony Day this year is ‘our diversity is our strength’, a philosophy that we embrace in the Redlands,” he said.

Nations represented at this week’s ceremony include: Afghanistan, Argentina, Canada, China, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Fiji, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Malaysia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States and Zimbabwe.

Guest speaker at this month’s ceremony will be Raby Bay resident Mr Stathis E Efstathis OAM, who recently received a Medal of the Order of Australia in recognition of his extensive service to the Greek community of Queensland over many years. 

Redland City Council Citizenship Ceremony event details:

  • Wednesday 9 March 2016
  • Doors open at 5.30pm for a 6pm start
  • Concert Hall, Redland Performing Arts Centre, Middle Street, Cleveland

If media would like to attend, please contact Redland City Council’s Communication, Engagement and Tourism Group on 3829 8288.

A celebration of our Redlands culture


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

Queen’s birthday marks double celebration for new citizens


A touch of the old blighty will come to Redlands Performing Arts Centre for the next Citizenship Ceremony on Tuesday 10 June.

The ceremony, which has a British theme marking the Queen’s birthday, will see 132 people become Australian citizens.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams, who will preside, said citizenship ceremonies were a chance to celebrate the cultural diversity of the Redlands.

“During this ceremony, we welcome new citizens from 26 counties around the world,” she said.

“At the end of the ceremony we will have welcomed 436 new citizens to date in 2014, with each person bringing unique skills, experiences, knowledge and culture to our City.”

Redland City Senior Citizen of the Year Julie Porteous, who emigrated from the United Kingdom and became and Australian citizen in 1985, is guest speaker at the event.

Entertainment includes a Vocal Manoeuvres performance of Sing, written by the United Kingdom’s Gary Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber especially for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

51 of the candidates, or 39 per cent, are from the United Kingdom.

New citizens are from: Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Fiji, Germany, HKSAR of the PRC, India, Iran, Ireland, Kenya, Malaysia, New, Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, USA, Vietnam and Wales.