GALLERY: New citizens celebrate their first Australia Day as true blue Aussies

TRUE BLUE: Cristal Lumpaan with her daughter Hannah
TRUE BLUE: Cristal Lumpaan with her daughter Hannah

NINETEEN Scenic Rim residents from 15 countries have celebrated their first Australia Day as true-blue Aussies following a citizenship ceremony at Beaudesert this morning.

The region's newest Australians pledged their loyalty to the country in a ceremony which followed the presentation of the 2021 Scenic Rim Australia Day Awards at The Centre.

Mayor Greg Christensen congratulated the new citizens.

"It has been an honour to help you complete your journey from migrant to Australian citizen," he said.

The Scenic Rim's newest Australians join the more than 4.5 million people from around the globe who have pledged to become Australian citizens since 26 January 1949.

Across the region, the new citizens have come from Greece, Germany, Kazakhstan, South Africa, the Philippines, Canada, Romania, New Zealand, the Czech Republic, Italy, England, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Brazil and Vietnam.

"Becoming an Australian citizen does not mean turning your back on your country of origin.

"Neither does it mean that you have to forget the language of the country or its customs or culture, rather that you can share these with us to further enrich our communities," Cr Christensen said.