National pride shines through

NEW CITIZENS WELCOMED TO THE SHIRE: Some 16 new Australian citizens are welcomed by the Strahbogie mayor Amanda McClaren. Pictured are (from left) Claire Marie Barclay, Ruangchai Somlong, Thanakorn Somlong, Pissamai Somlong, Bunliang White, Junior Richards, Amanda McClaren (Mayor) Hollie Madderson, Lucy Madderson, Sreena Sreedharan, Parvathy Sreena Rajesh, Rattana Chatdang, Cara Gabutan, Mildred Gabutan, Joshua Gabutan and Bernie Gabutan.

STRATHBOGIE Shire Council recently held its largest citizenship ceremony in the council’s history, welcoming 16 new Australian residents into the region.

It was a momentous ceremony, led by mayor Amanda McClaren, who was very moved by the sense of community and national pride that was exhibited at the occasion.

“Strathbogie Shire is an inclusive community and our new Australian citizens all contribute to the local economy by living and working in the shire,” she said.

The citizens were from a variety of countries including Ireland, the United Kingdom, Thailand, India and the Philippines.

Originally from the suburbs of Dublin, Claire Barclay has been living in Australia since February 2012 after marrying her Aussie husband.

Claire has embraced the local community and is a CFA volunteer, which she enjoys.

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