New citizens take oath

July 27, 2017

Moira Shire'­s new citizens gather with officials at the Civic Centre on Thursday.

Timothy Atkinson, Yarrawonga.

Allan Wevers, Yarrawonga.

Monique Harvey, Katamatite.

The Balogun family from Cobram, from left are Dr Tayo Balogun with Temitayo (boy), Temitope (girl) and Olayinka Balogun.

Sinead Murphy, Strathmerton.

Christine Botterill, Yalca.

Moira Shire Council conducted an Australian Citizenship ceremony at the Civic Centre last Thursday, with a good-sized crowd of relatives and friends supporting the new citizens.

A group of residents from across the shire gathered for the special occasion and pledged an oath of allegiance to Australia.

Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum and MLC for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell, Moira Shire Mayor Gary Cleveland and Moira Shire councillors were in attendance.

Sinead Murphy from Strathmerton said she was elated at the presentation of certificates.

‘‘It’s very good, it’s very exciting to become an Aussie,’’ Ms Murphy said.

‘‘To get my second year visa I got a job on a dairy farm in Strathmerton — I came here in October 2011 here and loved it, so I stayed,’’ she said.

‘‘The family from the farm have become my Australian family.’’

The new Aussie now works in insurance in Shepparton.

Cobram’s Dr Tayo was proud to be with his family as they all became Australian citizens and he said it was good to become a citizen.

Along with his wife and children, who attend Goulburn Valley Grammar School and are active in netball and football, Dr Tayo was granted Australian citizenship, after six years practising medicine in Cobram.

Dr Tayo expressed his appreciation of being part of the local community.

‘‘It’s very safe here and the people are friendly,’’ he said.

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