Lake Inverell

Citizenship ceremonies return

22 July 2020

CITIZENSHIP ceremonies returned to Inverell this week, with nine Inverell Shire residents taking the pledge to become Australian citizens.

The citizenship ceremony took place at Inverell Shire Council Chambers under the latest COVID-19 restrictions, with mayor Paul Harmon, his fellow councillors and a small gathering in attendance.

With nine names on the waiting list to become Australian citizens, Council hosted two ceremonies in order to cater for social distancing requirements.

Allan Abuan, Emmanuel Manallo, Rosselle Zapata, Carolina Andersson, Damara Decker, Harinder Singh, Jheliton Martins da Silva, Patrick Veloso Gomes and Piaget Abayo all made the Australian Citizenship Pledge.

Countries of birth of people participating in the ceremony were: the Philippines, Tanzania, Sweden, USA, India and Brazil.

Mayor Paul Harmon says he’s delighted to see citizenship ceremonies returning after a four-month break due to COVID-19.

“It is an honour to confer Australian citizenship to people who appreciate and value our society so much that they wish to become one of us.”

“Today’s ceremony is an example of how our shire welcomes people from all walks of life and all corners of the globe to enrich our community.”

Many have been residents of Inverell Shire, or Australia, for some years before taking the pledge.

“I warmly congratulate our citizenship conferees for taking the final step in their journey to become Australian citizen”, Cr Harmon said.

Since the beginning of 2020, proud new patriots have migrated from various countries around the world including; the Philippines, South Korea, India, South Africa, Brazil, United Kingdom, Ukraine, Ireland and Tonga.

Citizenship recipient - Rosselle Zapata of the Philippines - July 2020 Citizenship CeremonyCitizenship recipient - Piaget Abayo of Tanzania - July 2020 Citizenship CeremonyCitizenship recipient - Patrick Veloso Gomes of Brazil - July 2020 Citizenship CeremonyCitizenship recipient - Jheliton Martins da Silva of Brazil - July 2020 Citizenship CeremonyCitizenship recipient - Harinder Singh of India - July 2020 Citizenship CeremonyCitizenship recipient - Emmanuel Manallo of the Philippines - July 2020 Citizenship CeremonyCitizenship recipient - Damara Decker the United States - July 2020 Citizenship CeremonyCitizenship recipient - Carolina Andersson of Sweden - July 2020 Citizenship CeremonyCitizenship recipient - Allan Abuan of the Philippines - July 2020 Citizenship Ceremony

For further information contact:
Fiona Adams | Inverell Shire Council | PO Box 138, Inverell NSW 2360 | 02 67288288 | Fiona.Adams@inverell.nsw.gov.au

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