Proud day for 34 new Australians

THIRTY-FOUR people from twelve different countries yesterday became Australian citizens at a Citizenship Day ceremony held at the Coffs Harbour Ex-Services Club.

Migrants from the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Canada, France, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Sudan, New Zealand, India, Burma and the Phillipines all took the oath to become a certified Australian.

One such migrant was Alfred Sesay, 33, who said he was very happy to become a citizen. "I come from a war-torn country, I'm very happy to live in Australia, a peaceful country. Australia is a great place with good people," he said.

Councillor Keith Rhoades presented the new Australians with a certificate, native plant and lapel pin.

"This is a simple but very important ceremony. Becoming an Australian citizen does not mean renoucing your cultural heritage. Coffs Harbour prides itself on it's diversity," he said.



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