Coast’s newest citizens receive a majestic welcome
  • Friday 22 March 2013

More than 70 local residents will officially become the Coast’s newest Australian citizens at a Sunshine Coast Council citizenship ceremony at the regal Majestic Theatre, Pomona on Friday 22 March 2013.

The historic theatre is a fitting venue for the new citizens as they pledge their commitment and loyalty to Australia, the day after national Harmony Day which this year celebrates the vision - Everyone Belongs. It is a day to celebrate Australia’s diversity.

Local Pomona resident, Barry Sheridan, who originally hails from the Republic of Ireland will become a “new Australian” on Friday said he absolutely loves the area and the quaint theatre.

“I have lived in the Pomona area for eight years and I want to see out my days here,” he said.

“I work in a local Pomona real estate and when I show people around I tell them - when you die, heaven is going to look like this!”

The Majestic Theatre’s volunteer and caretaker Robyn Jones said the theatre is a fantastic Australian backdrop that will make the citizenship ceremony just that little bit more special for recipients.

“The theatre has such character and history, it is a delightful venue and we can’t wait for our new citizens to share its uniqueness,” Robyn said.

“The Majestic Theatre is steeped in history and nostalgia and has many stories to share. We hope our newest Australians can share their own stories and create new ones.

“The theatre is especially excited about showcasing some historic Australian film clips and such wonderful talent as vocalist Renae Suttie, organist Chris Rose who will give our donated Conn theatre organ a workout , Lyndon Davis and the Gubbi Gubbi Dance Troupe.”

Australian citizenship ceremonies on the Sunshine Coast are held bi-monthly at locations across the region. Visit council’s website for further information on Australian Citizenship Ceremonies.