A reminder of how good we have it

AUSTRALIA Day is a shining example of how good we have it in this country.

In Dubbo alone there were 19 residents from 11 countries who wished to become part of our great nation and proudly wear the green and gold.

At Dubbo's official ceremony on Saturday, newly-naturalised residents gave many reasons as to why they wanted to become Aussies.

Some stated that our climate, friendly people, beautiful scenery, fresh produce and vibrant culture were drawcards that encouraged them to become part of our community.

These are some of the positives of our nation that, this year, attracted a record number of people from around the world to become new Australian citizens in the Dubbo community.

Dubbo Australia Day ambassador Larry Corowa, an Aboriginal man and former professional rugby league footballer, summed up the true spirit of the occasion.

While at the official ceremony in Victoria Park on Saturday, Mr Corowa remarked that "whether black or white we are all Australian."

This was symbolised this year on Australia Day as the Sydney Harbour Bridge flew both the Australian and Aboriginal flags for the first time side by side, on Australia Day, in our nation's history.

While there is still much to do in terms of reconciliation, it was a symbolic step.

Congratulations are also in order for our Australia Day award recipients of 2013 - Kathy Furney, Jessica Hull, Jane Fardell, Marty Jeffrey and Craig Johnston.

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