Welcoming our newest Australians

Scenic Rim's newest Australian citizens. Photo by Keer Moriarty

Twenty-three Scenic Rim residents from 10 nations celebrated Australia Day by becoming Australian citizens.

Amongst the new citizens was Brother Bruno Kanamis from Papua New Guinea who moved to Australia 23 years ago.

He now lives at Marian Valley, Witheren and serves with the Pauline Fathers and Brothers also known as the Order of St Paul the First Hermit, a monastic order founded in the 13th century.

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New Australian citizen Ioan Roberts with wife Michaela and mother in law Ann Brown, accompanied by children Logan, Ffin and Seren. Photo by Keer Moriarty

Ioan Roberts met his Australian wife Michaela when he was in the Royal Navy and she was in the Royal Australian Navy.

The family have been building their home in Canungra for two and a half years and finally moved in March 2022.

Initially Michaela moved to the UK, but later moved to Australia where they felt there was a better quality of life for their family.

Ioan refers to his mother in law Ann Brown as his ‘Australian mum’.

Ioan is still a reservist with the Royal Navy and is currently in the Rural Fire Brigade with Mudgeeraba but is in the process of transferring to Canungra Rural Fire Brigade.

The citizenship ceremony was the first time an image of King Charles III has been used in The Centre.

Ioan, in his capacity as a photographer in the Royal Navy, has photographed Charles when he was a Prince.

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