Four new Australian citizens have been into the Gunnedah community.
Hardeep Singh and Puneet Kaur of India, Albert Law of Malaysia and Ivy Tieh of Malaysia made the pledge to Australia during a naturalisation ceremony on Wednesday.
Gunnedah shire mayor Jamie Chaffey and deputy mayor Rob Hooke performed the ceremony in the council chambers.
“This is the biggest privilege as mayor – to give those people that have chosen Australia, not only as their home, but a place to proud of and to raise their families, the opportunity to become Australian Citizens,” Cr Chaffey said.
“Citizenship brings responsibilities and duties – to obey the laws, to register on the electoral roll and vote, to serve on a jury if called to do so, and to defend Australia should the need arise.
“Citizenship also brings civil and social rights – the right to express your cultural heritage and beliefs coupled with a responsibility to accept the rights of others to express their heritage and beliefs.
“Since 2012, Gunnedah shire has welcomed 63 adults and 10 children as Australian citizens and I am proud to congratulate our four newest, and wish them and their families well in their future endeavours.”
The council gave each of the new citizens a native tree.