Candidates pledge citizenship oath

MIGRANT JOURNEY: Migrating from Iran in 2013, Sobhan Salari Shahrbabaki and Sepideh Sajadi are now proud to identify themselves as Australians. Pictures: TODD LEWIS

NINE members of the Mount Gambier community have pledged their loyalty to Australia, taking the last step to become citizens of the country earlier this month.

Candidates made the Australian citizenship oath at a ceremony held in the city’s council chamber on November 1.

Mount Gambier City Council chief executive officer Mark McShane welcomed the new recipients before they were presented with their official certificates of citizenship.

Labor Legislative Council parliamentarian Clare Scriven spoke to the new group of citizens about what it means to become Australian.

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