Brisbane City Council Lord Mayor, Adrian Schrinner will today welcome 550 new citizens from 74 countries in a special Australia Day ceremony at Brisbane City Hall.
Lord Mayor Schrinner said the ceremony recognises the incredible people and stories that make Brisbane an even better place to live.
“I always love the opportunity to welcome new citizens to our city, but this year is particularly special because it was 50 years ago that my own father became a citizen in Brisbane City Hall,” he said.
“Every year we see more and more people wanting to call Brisbane home with over 5,000 people taking their citizenship pledge across the city in 2023.
“Brisbane prides itself on being diverse and inclusive, so I’m looking forward to our newest citizens contributing to our already rich cultural tapestry.
“Between our sub-tropical climate, world-class lifestyle precincts like Howard Smith Wharves and enviable access to natural assets, including Moreton Island, visitors from across the globe are discovering that Brisbane is an incredibly attractive place to be,” he said.
The top five nationalities attending Brisbane’s citizenship ceremony today are from India (80), United Kingdom (49), China (45), New Zealand (40) and South Africa (33).
Lord Mayor Schrinner said Brisbane communities were ready and eager to embrace the new residents.
“Every one of these new residents help make Brisbane even better through promoting harmony and inclusivity,” he said.
“Our city is known for its hospitality and warm spirit and is renowned for being the best place in the world to live.
“I’m thrilled these new citizens have chosen to make our city home, and enjoy all Brisbane has to offer.
The Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony will be held between 9:30 and 10:30am at Brisbane City Hall today.