Over 170 Coast residents to become Australian Citizens
  • Wednesday 30 May 2012

More than 170 local residents will officially become the region’s newest Australian Citizens at a Sunshine Coast Council hosted citizenship ceremony to be held at The Events Centre, Caloundra on Thursday 31 May at 1.30pm.

Deputy Mayor Chris Thompson said more than 450 family and friends are expected to be a part of the celebrations as the recipients officially proclaim their commitment and loyalty to Australia.

“Citizenship can be an emotional time in the journey of becoming an “Australian” and there are many stories of that emotional and physical journey that are wonderful to share,” Deputy Mayor Thompson said.

“There are many reasons that people decide to become an Australian Citizen.

“But one thing is certain - Australia has always been enriched by the diverse cultures and traditions of the people who seek to call Australia home.

One of those who will become a citizen is Roland Yetman, originally from the United Kingdom and now living in Peregian Springs.

Roland has called Australia home for 17 years, after meeting his wife on Australia Day in London in 1990.

“We look forward to congratulating Roland and the other residents on becoming Australian Citizens on 31 May,” Deputy Mayor Thompson said.

Australian Citizenship ceremonies are held bi-monthly at different venues across the Sunshine Coast region.