Congratulations to our eight newest Australian citizens!
Eight Cessnock City residents became Australian Citizens in an official citizenship ceremony held at Cessnock City Council chambers earlier today.
Cessnock City Mayor Councillor Bob Pynsent oversaw official proceedings with General Manager Stephen Glen as MC of the event.
“I take a lot of pride in welcoming our newest citizens here in the Cessnock local area government, and like to keep tradition alive by having our Town Crier Stephen Clarke usher in the ceremony,” Cr Pynsent said.
The eight new citizens came from various countries including New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Kuwait, Kenya, Thailand, South Africa, China and the United States.
Mr Kishor Kanji Kerai from Mombassa, Kenya has been in Australia for seven years.
He first visited Australia to study accounting in Sydney and is now a proud business owner in the Cessnock City local area.
Kishor first heard of our beaches, surfing and culturally diverse community and said he was joyous to now be an Australian Citizen.
“It’s a very beautiful country and I like how there are many different cultures here in one community”, Kishor said.
Unfortunately Kishor’s family could not attend the ceremony today but they send their support from abroad.
“My parents are very proud of me today, they could not be here as they’re back in Kenya, but I just sent them photos from the ceremony.”
Each new Australian Citizen was presented with a certificate, a native Australian plant and a commemorative gold coin.
Other official guests at the ceremony included Federal Member for Hunter Mr Joel Fitzgibbon MP, Town Crier Stephen Clarke, Cessnock City Councillor Rod Doherty and Catherine Parsons, Mayoress Kathy Pynsent and Council Directors Robert Maginnity and Gareth Curtis.
You can register your interest in becoming an Australian Citizen at a future ceremony by contacting Council on 02 4993 4210.