Bass Coast Welcomes New Citizens
Fifteen Bass Coast residents were officially declared Australian citizens at the Citizenship Ceremony held at the Bass Coast Civic Centre on Wednesday, 23 October.
They come from Nepal, South Africa, Poland, and the United Kingdom.
The formal proceedings were conducted by Bass Coast Shire Mayor, Clare Le Serve and Chief Executive Officer, Allan Bawden as MC.
Cr Le Serve congratulated the new citizens on choosing Australia as their new home, and more specifically, Bass Coast.
Guests included the Federal Member for McMillan, Russell Broadbent, and Deputy Mayor, Cr Neil Rankine.
Although the numbers of new citizens in Bass Coast Shire are growing only slightly, the diversity of countries of origin is increasing.
The next Bass Coast Shire Council Citizenship Ceremony will take place on Australia Day on 26 January 2014.
New citizens were:
Suwash Acharya, born in Nepal, now living in Cowes;
Alastair Blair, born in the United Kingdom, now living in Inverloch;
Rosemary Fennell, born in the United Kingdom, now living in Cape Woolamai;
Vaughn Hendricks, born in South Africa, now living in Wonthaggi;
Lesley Higham, born in England, now living in Wonthaggi;
Kapil Kapoor, born in India, now living in Wonthaggi;
Miriam Kershaw, born in the United Kingdom, now living in Surf Beach;
Robert Mankiewicz, born in Poland, now living in San Remo;
Dariusz Pyka (husband), Agnieszka Pyka (wife) and Rafal Pyka (son) born in Poland, now living in Cowes;
Susan Scutt, born in England, now living in Coronet Bay;
Hardip Singh, born in India, now living in Wonthaggi;
Anne Travers, born in Scotland, now living in Wonthaggi; and
Charl Viljoen, born in South Africa, now living in San Remo.