Five Mount Isa Residents Welcomed as New Citizens
Mayor Joyce McCulloch officially welcomed five Mount Isa residents as new Australian citizens at a ceremony at the Civic Centre on Thursday afternoon.
The five people originally hail from South Africa, India and Fiji. The ceremony was also attended by Councillor Peta Macrae.
“Cr MacRae and I really understand and acknowledge that this is such a massive decision for you all to make,” Cr McCulloch said.
“In the 1960s and 1970s, Mount Isa was one of the most multicultural communities in Queensland, and this continues today, with more than 50 nationalities represented in our city.
“Having residents from so many diverse and varied cultures really enriches and strengthens our community, and I warmly welcome and congratulate our newest citizens for joining us and helping to build an even stronger nation.”
The new citizens were also reminded that citizenship brings with it civil and social rights – the right to express their cultural heritage and beliefs, coupled with a responsibility to accept the rights of others – as well as responsibilities such as registering on the electoral roll, voting in elections, and serving on a jury if they’re called upon to do so.
“Australia’s strength lies in its people,” Cr McCulloch said.
“Our people have made Australia what it is, building our nation into a vibrant, open and diverse society of which we can all be proud.”