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.