Maria and Guillermo, with daughter Eva, were among 35 residents awarded Australian citizenship at Frankston RSL.
Our newest Aussies hail from far and wide but they’ve all got one thing in common – they love Frankston City. Thirty-five residents who were born in Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Moldova, Myanmar, New Zealand, the Philippines, Portugal, the UK, the US and Venezuela formally pledged their commitment to Australia at a citizenship ceremony at Frankston RSL recently.
Venezuelan expats Maria and Guillermo, who with daughter Eva now call Seaford home, said they loved living in Frankston City close to the beach. “It’s a beautiful place and a great locality,” they said. “We love the lifestyle.” Janina, another new citizen who was born in the Philippines and now lives in Frankston, was supported by her sister Janneil at the citizenship ceremony and said: “We love being close to the beach and living in a nice neighbourhood.”
Mayor Kris Bolam told the new citizens: “We welcome you and the talents, diversity and vitality that you bring to Australia. You will belong to one of the world’s most diverse nations, and our Australian citizenship is a bond which unites us all.” Deputy Mayor Nathan Conroy, who was born in Ireland, said: “Frankston City has everything you need. It has the foreshore, parks and reserve. It is accessible and affordable. I love its culture, heritage and people. I am grateful to be a part of this country.” Dunkley federal Labor MP Peta Murphy told the new citizens: “You enrich us.”