Naracoorte Lucindale district's newest citizens welcomed

Earlier this month friends and family had the privilege of becoming Australian citizens at the Naracoorte Town Hall.

Normally these ceremonies would be held at the Naracoorte Lucindale Council chambers, however due to the high amount of inductees, it was shifted to the hall's top room.

In attendance were Mayor Erika Vickery, Deputy Mayor Cr Craig McGuire and Cr Scott McLachlan.

Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin was an apology, as he had competing commitments. However in a statement read by Mayor Vickery he congratulated our new citizens, for committing to our country's goals and values now and to the future, and for making Australia a better place.

After acknowledgement of country, there was also a statement from Minister for Immigration David Coleman:

"We're immensely proud of what we have achieved as a nation, and welcome you. Australia succeeds as a nation by making and defending our values. We stand with other democracies, to defend and protect our nation.

"The rights and responsibilites of citizenship include building a stronger nation."

As the individuals, couples and families came up to pledge their allegiance to Australia, they were also given flowers, an information pack and small wooden diprotodons on behalf of the Naracoorte Lucindale Council.