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New citizens for the Bega Valley Shire

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Above:  Bega Valley Shire mayor, Russell Fitzpatrick, with the shire’s newest Australian citizens, their family and friends.

A citizenship ceremony was held yesterday in the Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre, welcoming 30 new Australian citizens.

The citizens were presented with a Certificate of Australian Citizenship in front of family members and friends.

The origins of our newest citizens include Bangladesh, Britain, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, India, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, United Kingdom and the United States.

Bega Valley Shire Council mayor, Russell Fitzpatrick congratulated the newest citizens of the Bega Valley and on behalf of the local community, wished them well as they start their new lives as Australians.

“Choosing to become an Australian citizen is an important expression of loyalty and commitment to our country,” Mr Fitzpatrick said.

“Australian citizenship is something to be valued and celebrated, and today is a moment in the lives of our newest citizens to be remembered with honour and enjoyment."