Bass Coast Welcomes New Citizens
Seventeen Bass Coast residents were officially declared Australian citizens at the Citizenship Ceremony held at the Bass Coast Civic Centre on Wednesday, 31 July.
The new citizens’ origins include India, China, Netherlands, Philippines 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 Member for Bass, Ken Smith MP, Federal Member for McMillan, Russell Broadbent, 2013 Bass Coast Citizen of the Year, Dennis Harris, and Cr Brad Drew.
The diversity of our new citizens is remarkable, with three of the new citizens having lived in Australia for over 45 years.
Although the numbers of new citizens in Bass Coast Shire are growing only slightly, the diversity of countries of origin is increasing.
New citizens were:
Gina Franssen (mother) & Karen Franssen (daughter), born in the Philippines, now living in San Remo
Amanda Gladwell (mother) & William Gladwell (son), born in the United Kingdom, now living in Wonthaggi
Madeline Hungerford, born in the United Kingdom, now living in Coronet Bay
Mark Jamieson, born in the United Kingdom, now living in Newhaven
Gurjit Mookar (husband) and Manjeet Kaur (wife), born in India, now living in Wonthaggi
Zhiheng Lin, born in China, now living in San Remo
Xi Luo, born in China, now living in Wonthaggi
Harpreet Singh, born in India, now living in San Remo
Roger Swarbrick, born in the United Kingdom, now living in Cowes
Gaston Vanzet, born in the Netherlands, now living in Woolamai
Iain Ward (husband), Samantha Ward (wife), Evie Ward (daughter) and Lola Ward (daughter), born in the United Kingdom, now living in Cowes.