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Strathbogie Shire conducts its biggest citizenship ceremony

Monday, 29 May, 2017

Strathbogie Shire Council recently held its largest citizenship ceremony in the Council’s history, welcoming 16 new Australian residents into the region.

It was a momentous ceremony, led by Mayor Amanda McClaren, who was very moved by the sense of community and national pride that was exhibited at the occasion.

"Strathbogie Shire is an inclusive community and our new Australian citizens all contribute to the local economy by living and working in the Shire," she said.

The citizens were from a variety of countries including Ireland, the United Kingdom, Thailand, India and the Philippines.

Originally from the suburbs of Dublin, Claire Barclay has been living in Australia since February 2012 after marrying her Aussie husband.

Claire has embraced the local community and is a CFA volunteer, which she enjoys.

"I really love living in the country. We have beautiful neighbours and there’s such a huge community spirit in this area."

Claire finds living in Moorilim really convenient as it allows the family to live on the farm, but is close enough to the city to travel to her husband’s show jumping competitions.

"We were drawn to the Strathbogie Shire because we wanted to find somewhere we could buy a large amount of good quality land to cut hay," she said.

Junior Richards was also drawn to the country setting. He moved to Australia in July 2011 from the U.K and hasn’t looked back.

"I just love the countryside so much more than the city. This area is so relaxed and friendly which suits me well."

Junior moved to Longwood and works for David Hayes at the distinguished Lindsay Park horse stud, following his passion for track riding and horse breaking.

"I’ve been working at Lindsay Park since 2012 and I love it. David is a great trainer and I really enjoy being a part of the Lindsay Park community."

It has been a great week for the Strathbogie Shire, also taking part in the rising of the rainbow flag at the Violet Town Police Station.

"In the same week we welcomed 16 new citizens to our Shire and our country, we witnessed the rainbow flag get flown, permanently, in recognition of the L.G.B.T.I community at the Violet Town Police Station," Cr McClaren said.

"It shows that we are an inclusive, welcoming community and it was heart-warming to see the smiles and genuine pride of each new citizen as they undertook the Oath or Affirmation.

"Australian citizenship is much more than a legal status. It requires an understanding and appreciation of how our society functions, the democratic principles underpinning our community, an understanding of the place of government and an understanding of how we, as responsible citizens, can fully participate an contribute to Australian society."

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