People from five countries pledged allegiance to Australia at a citizenship ceremony in Casino on Wednesday.
The six ‘new’ Australians hale from the UK, New Zealand, the Philippines, the Republic of Ireland and the US.
Five women and one man celebrated with friends and family after receiving certificates proclaiming their nationality from Richmond Valley mayor Ernie Bennett.
Cr Bennett offered his congratulations to the Valley’s newest citizens.
‘There’s something special about citizenship ceremonies and it’s not just the welcoming of new residents to our community,’ he said.
‘It’s also the coming together of many nationalities.’
Cr Bennett told the new Australians that by taking the oath of allegiance, they now acquired many rights and responsibilities, among them the right to vote and the responsibility to exercise this right.
He said Australian citizenship was a common bond, involving shared rights and obligations, uniting all Australians, while respecting their diversity.
‘Today is a special day and we are very honoured to have each of you join our region,’ Cr Bennett said.
‘Congratulations and enjoy all that it means to be an Australian.’
New citizens (from left) Martina Keary, Ann Heiling, Richmond Valley Mayor Ernie Bennett, Janice Henry, Angelica Battese and Beth McCallum. (Russell Kennedy absent).