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The Centre Beaudesert welcomes 30 new Australians to the Scenic Rim

SCENIC Rim's newest Australian citizens took the oath on Australia Day during three separate ceremonies.

A ceremony on Queensland Day last year was held outdoors in Jubilee Park but the Australia Day event was moved to The Centre Beaudesert after the growing number of COVID cases across the region caused concern.

The Australia Day Awards presentation, which is traditionally held at the same time, did not go ahead.

The first citizenship ceremony yesterday took place at 10am with a second held at 1pm in order to ensure COVID safe rules could be followed.

In total, 30 people were welcomed.

Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen said they were among 16,000 people from more than 150 nations who, on Australia Day 2022 to pledge their loyalty to Australia and its people, democratic beliefs, laws, rights and liberties.

"We are honoured to be part of their journey from migrant to Australian citizen and to all of them I say 'welcome'," he said.

"As mayor, I'm sure I can say that they are not only becoming citizens of a great country but also, formally, part of one of the greatest communities in Australia here in the Scenic Rim."

Cr Christensen said Australia Day was an opportunity for everyone to reflect on the nation's history - its highs and its lows - to respect the stories of others and to celebrate the achievements of Australia and its people.

"Becoming an Australian citizen means something different to everyone and I am pleased that our newest Australians chose to share this important day with us in the Scenic Rim," he said.

"On behalf of the people of Australia, and especially the Scenic Rim, I congratulate our newest citizens and hope they enjoy a happy and successful future here."

This year's newest batch of Aussies came from the US, UK, Poland, New Zealand, Columbia, India, Bulgaria and Sweden.

The ceremony was scaled back due to COVID concerns, with Mayor Christensen noting that there were no musicians and the person who would normally lead the national anthem was not in attendance as she had tested positive for COVID.

In keeping with tradition each new Australian was presented with a native tree and since there were no refreshments this time, they were also given an individually packaged cake made by Aratula Bakery.

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