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Australia Welcomes New Citizens In Heartwarming Ceremony

The Proserpine Entertainment Centre buzzed with excitement and pride as 57 new Australian citizens were welcomed in a heartwarming Citizenship Ceremony held on Tuesday 11 June.

The event marked a significant milestone for the conferees hailing from eight different countries, symbolising the rich diversity and multicultural spirit of the community.

Conferees from Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa, the Philippines, New Zealand, Taiwan, France and China took the pledge of commitment to Australia, embracing their new identity with joy and gratitude.

The ceremony was attended by dignitaries, family members and friends who gathered to celebrate this momentous occasion.

The event featured inspiring speeches, cultural performances and the official swearing-in ceremony.

The Mayor of Whitsundays, Ry Collins, delivered a heartfelt address, emphasising the importance of unity, diversity and the shared values that bind the community together.

The Citizenship Ceremony included a rousing rendition of the Australian national anthem, followed by a reception where attendees mingled, shared stories and enjoyed refreshments.

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