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Proud new Australians welcomed in Isaac

Isaac warmly welcomed seven new citizens to the region in a special ceremony in Moranbah recently.

The proud new Australians gathered with friends and family at the Isaac Regional Council Chambers in a close knit ceremony officially welcoming them to the country and the region.

Mayor Anne Baker said citizenship ceremonies provide a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and honour the rich diversity of cultures that exists within the Isaac region and Australia.

“It’s an honour to invite and witness people make the pledge to become citizens of our great nation,” Mayor Baker said.

“Our new citizens have undertaken a journey much greater than most of us could imagine.

“The process can take some people several years to bring to fruition and I congratulate them for their commitment, persistence and desire to be officially recognised as an Australian.

“Being part of the ceremony to welcome our new citizens is a real privilege and we are thrilled to help them embark on this exciting new journey in their lives.”

The new citizens welcomed are Cesar Bequillo and Rian Bequillo, Elmer Manio and Mark Manio, Zaldy Santiago, Gavino Siatrez and Regie Taguiling, all from the Philippines.

Isaac Regional Council, under direction of the Department of Home Affairs, conducts Australian Citizenship Ceremonies throughout the year for registered applicants.

Any persons interested in becoming an Australian Citizen should contact the Department of Home Affairs on 131 881 during office hours from 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

For more details, visit www.isaac.qld.gov.au/citizenship-ceremonies or call 1300 ISAACS (1300 472 227).


Image 1:  Mark Manio and Elmer Manio with Mayor Anne Baker

Image 2:  New citizens Regie Taguiling, Gavino Siatrez with Mayor Anne Baker

Image 3:  Regie Taguiling becomes a citizen in front of family and friends

Image 4:  Rian Bequillo and Cesar Bequillo with Mayor Anne Baker

Image 5:  Zaldy Santiago and Mayor Anne Baker


Isaac Regional Council – Communications Officer, Brand, Media and Communications      4848 3589

12 December 2018