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August 2 2017: 18 new Auzzie citizens celebrated at Cassowary Coast ceremony

Vegemite biscuits and lamingtons were the order of the day when 18 Cassowary Coast residents became Australian citizens this week.

Cassowary Coast Mayor John Kremastos congratulated residents who hailed from France, India, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines and the United Kingdom during a ceremony in the Innisfail Shire Hall.

Mayor Kremastos said becoming an Australian did not mean forgetting your country of birth, its customs and culture - it meant a public commitment to embracing Australian values and institutions and enriching them with diversity.

With family and friends by their side, soon-to-be Aussie citizens repeated the oath or pledge of citizenship before being handed their certificate and given a golden penda sapling, the floral emblem of the Cassowary Coast.

The Australian anthem was followed by a morning tea featuring some Aussie icons - Sayo biscuits with vegemite, lamingtons and pumpkin scones.

Cassowary Coast Regional Council hosts a number of citizenship ceremonies each year for residents who have applied to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection for Australian citizenship.  For more information visit Council's website at www.cassoarycoast.qld.gov.au