Varnam Cultural Society (QLD) hosts a Citizenship Ceremony
January 26th, Australia Day, is now synonymous with citizenship ceremonies across this glorious country. Likewise, the Varnam Cultural Society (QLD) is synonymous with the successful execution of various multicultural events and hosts a Citizenship Ceremony this Australia Day.
A Citizenship Ceremony is a significant occasion that marks the welcoming of a new cohort to the diverse tapestry of our nation. Traditionally, local councils commemorate Australia Day by orchestrating such ceremonies, uniting individuals from all backgrounds to partake in the solemn recitation of the pledge of commitment – the culminating step in their journey towards Australian citizenship. For the Varnam Cultural Society, this marks our inaugural hosting of the Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony.
In the early morning hours, Varnam Cultural Society members convened with enthusiasm to meticulously prepare for the ceremony at the local Springfield Lakes State School. They were soon joined by Hon. Milton Dick, Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, Federal Member for Oxley and Charis Mullen MP, Minister for Child Safety, Seniors, Disability & Multicultural Affairs, State Member for this Jordan electorate.
Hon. Teresa Harding, Mayor of Ipswich, Cr, accompanied the distinguished ministers—Paul Tully, representing Division 2 as an Ipswich Councillor, and Cr. Nicole Jonic, also from Ipswich City Council, is serving as Councillor for Division 2. By approximately 8:15 AM, the atmosphere was imbued with joy as the new citizens arrived to partake in the final stage of their journey towards Australian Citizenship.
The ceremony commenced with a vibrant opening by Rajarajan Thennavan, President of the Varnam Cultural Society, extending a warm welcome to all attendees on their joyous occasion. Hon. Milton Dick MP, as the Presiding Officer, adeptly presided over the ceremony with grace and dignity, elevating the experience into a truly memorable occasion for our new citizens. Guiding the proceedings, he administered the pledge to the new citizens. Hon. Charis Mullen MP delivered an inspiring speech, instilling a sense of unity and pride among all present.
The pledge-taking ceremony culminated with a rendition of the Australian National Anthem, skilfully led by the talented Lakhsheeny M Parasuraman, whose mesmerising voice resonated throughout the gathering. Following the ceremony, the Presiding officer and the guests generously participated in photo sessions, creating lasting memories for the new citizens and contributing to the overall significance of the day.
Varnam Cultural Society and its dedicated members take pride in orchestrating yet another successful debut in hosting a government event, underscoring their unwavering commitment to the Greater Springfield community service.
Congratulations to all new citizens of this magnificent land, our home, Australia!
By Rekha N Swamy
Public Relations Officer
Varnam Cultural Society