13th Australian Citizenship Ceremony

13th Australian Citizenship Ceremony to celebrate Queensland Week on Sunday, 12 June 2016 hosted by WAMCI

Acquiring Australian citizenship is a public declaration of commitment to Australia. It is the beginning of the formal membership of the Australian community and is a privilege that offers enormous rewards.

Citizenship is also the step that enables migrants to say, “I am Australian” and provides a sense of belonging allowing full participation in all aspects of Australia’s unique life. 

Eddie Lei, Citizenship Committee Chair, World Arts and Multi-Culture Inc (WAMCI) is himself a migrant from Taiwan and now an Australian citizen. “I know first hand the importance and significance Australian citizenship bestows” Eddie shared while reflecting that: “Australia is a wonderful country, rich in cultural harmony and diversity. Taking the pledge to become a citizen of Australia was one of the happiest days of my life. ”

Under the guidance of MC Lewis Lee OAM, the Community Leader and also Life Honorary Advisor of WAMCI, this is the 13th Australian Citizenship Ceremony hosted by WAMCI at Robertson Gardens on Sunday, 12 June 2016 to celebrate Queensland Week.

Mr. Graham Perrett MP, Federal Member for Moreton is the Presiding Officer over the event and joined by other official party/VIP Guests like Hon. Mark Bailey MP (Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports, Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply, also State Member for Yeerongpilly); Mr. Duncan Pegg MP (State Member for Stretton); Acting Sperintendent Owen Elloy (Queensland Police Service); Na Yu (Brisbane Director of First Media) & Nic Monsour.

The Robertson Gardens Australian Citizenship Ceremony saw 80 candidates from 29 diverse countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, Congo, Denmark, Eritrea, Ethiopia, HKSAR of the PRC, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Libya, Malaysia, Mauritius, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom, Vietnam and Zimbabwe take formal allegiance to Australia.

Reflecting on being part of this Ceremony Eddie Lei said: “I am aware of the joy an Australian Citizenship Ceremony provides to so many people and their families and I cherish this great honour of being able through WAMCI to be part of assisting with this important step in a new life for so many”.

This event is supported by the Lord Mayor's Suburban Initiative Fund.