East Gippsland’s newest citizens have been officially welcomed at an Australia Day citizenship ceremony this morning in Bairnsdale.
The 32 conferees from Britain, Canada, Denmark, Greece, India,New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland and Switzerland formally pledged their commitment to Australia in front of a large crowd of more than 120 family and friends at St Mary’s Parish Centre.
Mayor, Cr Mark Reeves said citizenship ceremonies are one of his favourite events.
“It’s a joyful occasion for families and friends, as well as the conferees, who have chosen Australia as the place they want to call home,” Cr Reeves said.
“Citizenship represents a commitment to Australia and its people, the values we share, and our common future and the ceremony is an opportunity for all Australian citizens to affirm this commitment.
“Our newest citizens represent a wide range of backgrounds and ages. Some have lived in East Gippsland or Australia for many years, while others are more recent arrivals to our great country. Congratulations to those becoming Australian citizens on making their commitment to Australia.”
Council holds four citizenship ceremonies each year. Attending a citizenship ceremony is the final step in the journey to become an Australian citizen and receive a certificate of Australian Citizenship. The ceremony fulfils the requirements under Australian citizenship law and provides an opportunity for Council to officially welcome its new citizens.