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Western Downs welcomes 22 new citizens

4 May, 2021

The Western Downs has officially welcomed 22 new Australian citizens as part of a special Citizenship Ceremony held today in Chinchilla.  

The region’s newest citizens have come from all over the world including Cameroon, India, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, South Africa and Vietnam.  

Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh said he was proud to welcome new Australians to the region on behalf of the Commonwealth.  

“One of the absolute highlights of my role as Mayor is having the privilege of representing our country and being a part of this special moment in the lives of so many wonderful people choosing to call Australia home,” Cr McVeigh said.  

“The Western Downs is such a fantastic place to live and work, and it’s exciting to see so many people continuing to move to the region and raise their families here.  

“These ceremonies give us the chance to demonstrate our warm and welcoming community as well as the people that make the Western Downs so special. 

Chinchilla resident KrzysztoOracz and his family were officially named Australian citizens as part of the ceremony today, after moving to the region from Poland in 2015 

Mr Oracz said he and his family love being a part of the Western Downs community and living in a warmer climate.   

“We like that you can go around town and always run into someone you know and you can talk to them, ask questions or even ask for help if you need it,” Mr Oracz said.  

“We really like being a part of a smaller, connected community which is something that people moving to bigger cities don’t really get to experience.” 

This is the second citizenship ceremony for 2021, with the first taking place in Dalby as part of Australia Day celebrations.   

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