The Burdekin will join towns and regions across the nation in welcoming our newest citizens as part of Australia Day 2012 celebrations.
There is one new citizen from New Zealand who will become an Australian citizen in a special ceremony at the Burdekin Theatre on Thursday (January 26, 2012).
Mrs Brenda Vener, of Millaroo, will take the citizenship oath at the celebrations.
Burdekin Shire Mayor Councillor Lyn McLaughlin said Australia Day was a special day for all Australians to acknowledge what they love about this nation.
“It’s a chance for us all to celebrate our Australian citizenship as the bond which unites us all, whether we are Australian by birth or by choice,” she said.
“It’s a particularly significant occasion for those residents choosing to become Australian citizens, as they pledge their commitment to Australia and its people and accept the privileges and responsibilities of Australian citizenship.
“On the most popular day of the year to become an Australian citizen, our ceremony is one of some 365 across every state and territory tomorrow, with about 13,700 people scheduled to become citizens around the nation.”
“The Burdekin community always welcomes new citizens. Since Australia Day 2011, we have welcomed three new citizens who took their pledges throughout the year.
“I encourage all Australians, new and old, to join Burdekin’s Australia Day events and celebrate all that is great about our nation.”
The Burdekin Australia Day Celebrations will be held at the Burdekin Theatre from 9.30am on Thursday.
Residents wanting to join the celebrations can purchase their tickets from the Burdekin Theatre, Burdekin Library in Home Hill or at the door for a cost of $3.
The celebrations will include Australia Day Awards, performances by Simply Dance and the Burdekin Singers and will conclude with complimentary morning tea and serving of the Australia Day cake in the theatre foyer.
Media contact: Lyn McLaughlin 4783 9812 or 0407 376 793