NEW FACES: Susan Apps, Vera Shirlaw, Maria Bonwick, Lanie Everest, Master Chris Regino, Rhyza Regino, Natalie Fletcher, Willem Jansen van Rensburg, David Jones, Gennie Legurpa, Martin Cook, Teresa Lucas, Loreto Mamangun, Lorwin Mamangun, Lorraine Rogers, and Robert Turner with South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell.
NEW FACES: Susan Apps, Vera Shirlaw, Maria Bonwick, Lanie Everest, Master Chris Regino, Rhyza Regino, Natalie Fletcher, Willem Jansen van Rensburg, David Jones, Gennie Legurpa, Martin Cook, Teresa Lucas, Loreto Mamangun, Lorwin Mamangun, Lorraine Rogers, and Robert Turner with South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell.

Meet the newest faces of the South Burnett

MORE than a dozen new Australians showed their loyalty to Australia at a Citizenship Ceremony at the council chambers today.

South Burnett Regional Council Mayor Keith Campbell opened the ceremony and welcomed 16 new faces as they accepted their Australian citizenship.

The South Burnett’s newest Australian citizens are Susan Apps, Maria Bonwick, Martin Cook, Ms Lanie Everest, Master Chris Regino, Ms Rhyza Regino, Natalie Fletcher, Willem Jansen van Rensburg, David Jones, Gennie Legurpa, Teresa Lucas, Loreto Mamangun, Mr Lorwin Mamangun, Lorraine Rogers, Vera Shirlaw and Robert Turner.

Gennie Legurpa was one of the new citizens inducted at the ceremony along side her friend Liezel Fooks.
Gennie Legurpa was one of the new citizens inducted at the ceremony along side her friend Liezel Fooks.

Prior to the formal duties of the ceremony, Cr Campbell read out some words from the Department of Immigration Minister David Coleman.

“Mr Coleman said today you become an Australian citizen,” he said.

“We are immensely proud of what you have achieved as a nation and we welcome you in joining us.

“Over history and culture has been forged over thousands of years.

“First through Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and more recently with people from all corners of the earth.

Martin Cook was awarded his Australian citizenship this morning in front of his wife Deb and daughters Tiffany and Sammy.
Martin Cook was awarded his Australian citizenship this morning in front of his wife Deb and daughters Tiffany and Sammy.

Martin Cook was one of the 16 people to pledge their loyalty to Australia at the ceremony.

For nearly a decade Mr Cook has called Nanango home.

Now, he said his journey to becoming a citizen was finally achieved.

“I moved from the UK to the South Burnett nine years ago,” he said.

“It was quite different going from the busy streets of London to a beauitful, quite main street in Nanango.

“But it’s been the best adventure,” he said.

Mr Cook said one of his favourite things about Australian pop culture was a famous TV soap star.

“Everything Alf Stewart says is just brilliant,” Mr Cook said.

“He’s an icon back in the UK as well.

“I have also incorporated ‘You beauty’ into my vocabulary,” he said.

Courtney Turner with her husband Rob who was inducted as an Australian citizen, who was holding their son Michael.
Courtney Turner with her husband Rob who was inducted as an Australian citizen, who was holding their son Michael.
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