New Australians welcomed

Top: Cr Amanda Hay, Cr Michael Enright, Deputy Mayor Jeff McConnell, Mayor Greg Christensen and Cr Virginia West welcome new citizens (from left) Jinqiu Han, James Semerdak, Linda Dawson, Teresita Chetcuti and Courtney Guerin.

Fifteen Scenic Rim residents from nine countries have been welcomed as the region’s newest Australians at a citizenship ceremony during Queensland Day celebrations in Beaudesert.

Jubilee Park took on a carnival atmosphere with Scenic Rim Regional Council’s free family fun day providing an early celebration of Queensland’s 164th birthday on 6 June and acknowledging National Reconciliation Week.

Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen, who conducted the Queensland Day citizenship ceremony, said it was a privilege to be part of each new citizen’s journey in becoming a ‘true blue’ Australian.

“Today we have 15 individuals from nine countries who are about to begin a new chapter in their own story as they formally become Australian citizens,” he said.

“While they have all come from very different parts of the world, they share one thing in common – all have chosen to make the Scenic Rim their home.”

Live entertainment featured performances by the Mununjali Ngari dancers and students from Beaudesert State High School.

Local community organisations also held stalls with face painting and games on offer.

Above: Jinqiu Han with Town Crier Sidney Norman and his wife Pauline.

Kooralbyn resident Jinqiu Han from China was one of the fifteen people who became Australian citizens.

“I love Australia,” she said.

“I have lived here for 18 years and I am very happy to become an Australian citizen.”

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