CITIZENSHIP PLEDGE: South Burnett mayor, Keith Campbell with new Australian citizen, Rogel Batenga
CITIZENSHIP PLEDGE: South Burnett mayor, Keith Campbell with new Australian citizen, Rogel Batenga Contributed

WELCOME: New Australian citizens call Burnett home

THE South Burnett welcomed five new Australian citizens to the region this week during the November council meeting.

Rogel Batenga, Brittany O'Neill, Aaron Castro, Darlene Castro and Alexa Casto all made the Australian Citizenship Pledge.

The recent induction took the number of new Australians based on the South Burnett up to 26 for the year.

The 26 proud new patriots have migrated from various countries around the world including; Phillipines, Belgium, India, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Fiji and Japan.

Prior to the citizenship ceremony, applicants must successfully complete the relevant documents on the Australian Immigration website.

According to the website, to be eligible for Australia citizenship applicants must be aged between 18 and 59 years of age.

Further requirements include a basic knowledge of the English language and an agreement to adhere to Australian values.

Applicants must state their intention to reside in Australia henceforth.

The immigration website continues on to explain some of the benefits of Australian residency.

The website lists the right to vote, Medicare, unemployment benefits, family tax benefit and financial assistance for education as some of the worthy entitlements enjoyed by Australian citizenships.

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