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New Aussies sworn in, officially welcomed at citizenship ceremony

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Rockhampton is welcoming 21 new Australian citizens at a special citizenship ceremony tomorrow.

The new Australians come from a range of different countries including India, South Africa, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Nepal, UK, and Papua New Guinea.

Acting Mayor Neil Fisher says celebrating diversity is part of Rockhampton's cultural fabric.

"One of the things that I think is really great about Australia Day is the fact that we can all celebrate our cultures all in one time, the number of new citizens that are going to be members of the Rockhampton region just shows how great this day is going to be," Mr Fisher says.

To mark Australia Day, council has decided to change up the format of the day's festivities, holding the Great Australian Bites, Australia Day Awards and citizenship ceremony at the same event for the first time.

Change is something the community has been rooting for a while, Mr Fisher says, and it will make the day more special for the new citizens.

It is being held from 3pm to 9pm at the Kershaw Gardens. 

"What a fantastic spot and a fantastic atmosphere to become a new Australian," he says.