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Gunnedah Shire welcomes new citizens

10 November, 2022

Gunnedah Shire welcomed five new citizens on Wednesday.

The conferees from four countries, including the Philippines, the United Kingdom, Brazil and the Netherlands, became Australian citizens at a ceremony at The Smithurst Theatre.

Gunnedah Shire Mayor Councillor Jamie Chaffey said citizenship ceremonies were an opportunity for all Australians in their community, whether by birth or by choice, to reflect on, and celebrate what’s great about being Australian.

“Citizenship ceremonies give us an opportunity to reflect on the contributions of citizens in our local communities. There is no greater privilege than our citizenship, and as Mayor, it is always an honour to see these new Australians through the final stages of their citizenship journey,” he said.

“There are many beautiful places in the world, and I want to thank our newest citizens for choosing Gunnedah Shire as their home.”

The Shire welcomed 15 new citizens on Australian Citizenship Day on 17 September.

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Caption: Gunnedah Shire welcomed five new citizens on Wednesday – Benjamin Cotton, Nikita Van Brakel, Katherine Carter Edwards, Elaine Dos Santos Matos and April Boyle. They are pictured with Gunnedah Shire Deputy Mayor Rob Hooke and Gunnedah Shire Mayor Jamie Chaffey.

For further information, contact Gunnedah Shire Council’s Communications team on (02) 6740 2100.