We welcome new citizens

COOMA will join hundreds of towns and regions across the nation in welcoming our newest citizens as part of Australia Day 2013 celebrations.

Five people from four different countries will officially join the Australian family in a special citizenship ceremony on Saturday, January 26 in Centennial Park.

Among those making the pledge are Mr Gary Ross Cox, Mrs Fang Huang, Mr Jing Xian Huang, Mrs Holly Ruth Regan and Mr Christian Pablo Tagtachian.

Mayor Dean Lynch said Australia Day was a special day for all Australians to come together and celebrate our community.

"It's a particularly momentous occasion for those Cooma residents choosing to become Australian citizens who will pledge their commitment to our great nation and embrace the responsibilities and privileges of Australian citizenship," Cr Lynch said.

In Cooma, the Citizenship Ceremony will be held at Centennial Park during the official program which commences at 12 noon.

"I congratulate the newest citizens of Cooma and on behalf of the local community, wish them well as they end their migrant journey and start their new lives as Australians," Cr Lynch said.

More than 17,000 people expected to become citizens at some 430 special ceremonies across the nation.

"I encourage all Australians, whether new or old, by birth or by choice, to join in Cooma's Australia Day events and celebrate this great nation," Cr Lynch said.

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