MARAMA Broughton is now a proud Australian.
She officially became a citizen along with thirty other people at a citizenship ceremony on Australia Day.
Originally from New Zealand, Marama has been living in Australia for the past 13 years and says the health system is much better than New Zealand.
“When they said I could become an Australian citizien I said, ‘wow, that’s me!’”
“I like to go back to New Zealand to see my parents but I live here now in Beaudesert and this is home.”
“This place here reminds me of my home town, it’s not too big.”
Mayor Greg Christensen said he was honoured to welcome the region’s newest Australians.
“Australian citizenship is a common bond, involving reciprocal rights and obligations, uniting all Australians, while representing their diversity,” Mayor Christensen told the citizenship candidates.
“Our diversity is our greatest strength, and we prosper by embracing this.”
Scenic Rim’s 31 new citizens were among thousands of people who pledged their loyalty to Australia and its people, democratic beliefs, rights, liberties, and laws at citizenship ceremonies held nationwide.
“On behalf of the people of Australia, and especially the Scenic Rim, I congratulate all of you on becoming Australian citizens and hope you enjoy a happy and prosperous future.”