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Council welcomes new citizens to the shire

Smiling new citizens with their citizenship certificates.

Congratulations to our six new Australian citizens!

Monday 17 September 2018

Today Mount Alexander Shire welcomed six new Australian citizens at a civic ceremony led by Mayor Bronwen Machin in Castlemaine.

Local Aboriginal elder Uncle Rick Nelson started the proceedings with a Welcome to Country, and individually welcomed the new citizens to keep them safe on country.

“Congratulations to all our new residents for making your pledge to become an Australian citizen,” said Mayor Machin.
“Mount Alexander Shire is truly a special place to live and we are so pleased you have chosen our community as your home” she said.
The new citizens hailed from the United Kingdom, United States, Netherlands, Thailand, and China.

They each received their citizenship certificate and a native plant to mark the occasion.

One of the new citizens, Bert Forbes, has lived in Australia for 20 years.

“I decided that it’s about time become a citizen – to be able to vote and have a say,” said Mr Forbes, who was born in the United States.

“I think it’s important for my son to see the ceremony and see me go through the process,” he said.

His wife Kristina and son James were on hand to witness the ceremony.

The family live in Castlemaine. Kristina Forbes said she was excited for her husband to become an Australian citizen but was quick to add that “he’s still not going to eat Vegemite!”

Image: Congratulations to our newest Australian citizens in Mount Alexander Shire. Back (L-R): Marco Amati, Supatra Nanthaboon, Mayor Machin, Uncle Rick Nelson, Darren Fuzzard, Cho Wai Lam. Front: Thapthim Nanthaboon, Marcus Goddefroy and Bert Forbes.

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