Welcome to 15 new citizens

THE Gympie Region will join towns and regions across the nation in welcoming our newest citizens as part of our Australia Day 2012 celebrations.

In Gympie 15 people from countries including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Zimbabwe and USA will become Australian citizens in a special ceremony at the Gympie Civic Centre tomorrow, Australia Day..

Gympie Regional Council Mayor Cr Ron Dyne said Australia Day was a special day for all Australians to acknowledge what we love about this nation.

"And a chance for us to celebrate our Australian citizenship as the bond which unites us all, whether we are Australian by birth or by choice," he siad.

"It's a particularly significant occasion for those 15 residents choosing to become Australian citizens, as they pledge their commitment to Australia and its people and accept the privileges and responsibilities of Australian citizenship.

"On the most popular day of the year to become an Australian citizen, our Australia Day ceremony is one of some 365 across every state and territory, with about 13,700 people scheduled to become citizens around the nation."

Gympie Australia Day celebrations and the Citizenship Ceremony will commence at 4pm at the Gympie Civic Centre, Mellor St.

"The Gympie community welcomes its newest citizens and wishes them well as they make the pledge to officially join the Australian family," said Mayor Dyne.

"I encourage all our Australians, new and old, to join in the Region's Australia Day events and celebrate all that is great about our nation."

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