9 September, 2023
New Aussie Citizens for Somerset
MAYOR Graeme Lehmann says while he loves his mayoral role, there are parts of his job that are especially fulfilling.
The task of officiating citizenship ceremonies for Somerset region’s newest Australians hits the top of his list.
“I feel very humbled to play a role in this exciting day for the Somerset residents who have come from other countries and made their home in our towns and rural districts,” he said.
“It’s wonderful to watch the individuals and families be conferred with Australian citizenship, a very special event in their lives. These people have made a huge life change to move to Australia and it’s great to see them happily settle in our beautiful corner of south east Queensland.
“With Australian Citizenship Day just around the corner on 17 September, all of us should take a moment to reflect on the value and meaning of living in this country as a citizen. We have responsibilities and privileges that we should never take for granted, and like our new Aussies, I am very proud of that.”
Thirty-eight people from six countries became Australian citizens on Friday 1 September at the Somerset Civic Centre, receiving welcome gifts of native plants as part of their citizenship ceremony.
If you’re interested in becoming an Australian citizen visit immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/citizenship/what-does-it-mean.