Australia Day's newest Coffs Coast citizens
IT was a multicultural affair at yesterday's citizenship ceremony hosted by Coffs Harbour City Council.
Nearly 30 people from 13 countries were naturalised.
People from Argentina, Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, India, Italy, Malta, New Zealand, Philippines, Romania, Ukraine, United Kingdom and Zimbabwe are among Australia's newest citizens.
Sean Donaldson came to Australia from New Zealand three years ago for “a girl, that's the best reason”.
“I feel a certain responsibility to participate fully in the country I live in,” Mr Donaldson said. Mr Donaldson was joined at the ceremony by his Australian wife Diana and their daughter.
Martin Tweddle came to Australia as a '10 pound Pom' in 1962. “I thought it was about time (to become a citizen),” Mr Tweddle said.
Coffs Harbour mayor Keith Rhoades said Australia Day gave us all an opportunity to reflect on the many great achievements of our nation and how we, as individuals, can make a positive contribution to our country's future,”