SOMERSET Regional Council welcomed nine new Australian citizens at a special ceremony in Esk.
The ceremony was held on Tuesday, July 5, with more than 20 family and friends turning out to support the new citizens.
The new citizens bring with them their rich cultural heritage from the United Kingdom, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Netherlands, Sweden, Thailand and Taiwan.
Among those to become citizens were three members from the Bellew family, who originated from South Africa.
Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann congratulated each new Australian citizen.
“On behalf of council and the Somerset region I welcome each of you and your families to our community and thank you for making a valuable contribution to Somerset,” Cr Lehmann said.
“I’m proud of each and every person involved in the ceremony and commend them on becoming Australian citizens,” Cr Lehmann said.
Federal Member for Blair Shayne Neumann also extended his congratulations to the new citizens.
Somerset Councillors Dan Hall and Helen Brieschke also attended the service to welcome the area’s newest Australian citizens.
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