New citizens welcomed on Queensland Day

New citizens celebrate. Photo by Keer Moriarty
New citizens celebrate. Photo by Keer Moriarty

THE Scenic Rim welcomed 43 new citizens from 12 different countries to the community on June 2 while celebrating Queensland’s 165th birthday. 

Mayor Tom Sharp conducted the citizenship ceremony on the day and encouraged community members from across the region to celebrate Queensland’s birthday. 

“This Queensland Day marks 165 years since Queensland became an independent colony separate from New South Wales and this year is even more special as Beaudesert celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2024,” Mayor Sharp said.

“Queensland’s story began on June 6, 1859 and at our Queensland Day celebrations, 43 members of the Scenic Rim community write the next chapter in their story as they formally become Australian citizens.”

“Becoming an Australian citizen does not mean turning your back on your country of origin.”

“It does not mean you have to forget the language of the country or its customs or culture. Instead we ask you to share these valuable assets so that Australians can become more tolerant and understanding.”

Each citizen recited the pledge of commitment, accepted their citizenship certificate as well as a gift bag which included a native tree.

By Shontae Iafeta