Wollondilly celebrates its newest citizens this Australia Day

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Wollondilly celebrates its newest citizens this Australia Day

Posted on: 19.01.2016

Wollondilly Shire will join towns and regions across the nation in welcoming our newest Australian citizens as part of Australia Day 2016 celebrations.

9 new citizens from 5 countries will pledge their loyalty to Australia and our people on Tuesday 26 January 2016 at the Picton Botanic Gardens Australia Day Celebrations.

Mayor, Cr Simon Landow said it was an opportunity to reflect on the importance of citizenship as a unifying bond strengthening the local community.

“Australia Day is a time for us to congratulate our newest citizens and welcome them to the Australian family,” he said.

“It’s also an opportunity for all citizens, new or old, to reflect on what it means to be Australian.”

An Australian citizenship affirmation ceremony will also be part of the celebration, enabling existing Australians to publicly and respectfully express their national pride.

“On Australia Day we should all celebrate our shared values and recommit our determination to make Australia an even better place for future generations,” Cr Landow said.

This Australia Day, more than 16,000 people from around 150 countries are set to become Australian citizens at almost 400 citizenship ceremonies.

Many thousands of Australians are also expected to affirm their citizenship as part of our nation’s celebrations.

For further information contact Communications Unit on 4677 9644.