THE latest residents of Wellington Shire to take Australian citizenship were sworn in by Wellington Shire mayor Carolyn Crossley at a citizenship ceremony in the council chamber on Tuesday.
Ten new citizens —two families and three individuals — from six countries took their affirmation or oath.
They hailed from Pakistan, the Netherlands, India, Fiji, New Zealand and England.
Mayor Carolyn Crossley said presiding over citizenship ceremonies was one of the great pleasures of being mayor.
“This is a very special day for those who have chosen to take this step and make Australia their home, and council aims to make this is a very special and memorable occasion for all new citizens,” she said.
“As a community that is keen to encourage people to become residents of the shire, Wellington welcomes all who wish to take on Australian citizenship and contribute to the development of this wonderful area.”
The new citizens were each given a certificate and a native plant to commemorate their special day.
Working on behalf of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Wellington Shire Council is responsible for formally conferring Australian citizenship on qualifying overseas residents who live in the municipality.
Such ceremonies are held regularly.
All applications and enquiries are handled by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, which can be phoned on 131 881 or by visiting www.border.gov.au
Once applications has been approved, applicants will receive a letter from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.
The Australian Citizenship Certificate is forwarded to Wellington Shire Council, which invites applicants to attend the next citizenship ceremony.