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City welcomes new citizens

City welcomes new citizens

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

The City of Whittlesea hosted two citizenship ceremonies on Australia Day, Tuesday 26 January, marking Council’s first in-person ceremony in almost 12 months.

Sixty adults and 60 children from 32 different countries made their Australian citizenship pledge.

New citizens were welcomed during both ceremonies by Chair Administrator Lydia Wilson, Administrators Peita Duncan and the Hon Bruce Billson and CEO Craig Lloyd.

Held in the Plenty Ranges Arts and Convention Centre, Federal Member for Scullin Mr Andrew Giles spoke at both ceremonies. Federal Member for McEwan Rob Mitchell MP and Victorian Government representatives, Fiona Patten MP and Danielle Green MP, Craig Ondarchie MP and The Hon Colin Brooks MP attended one ceremony each.

The Hon Bruce Billson said citizenship ceremonies were always a very special occasion.

“We wholeheartedly welcome the 120 people who became Australian citizens this week to our country, and of course to the City of Whittlesea where you have chosen to call home,” he said.

“We are very proud of our diverse community, which is one of Victoria’s most multicultural. Thank you for putting your roots down in the City of Whittlesea and giving us the opportunity to benefit from the rich culture you bring to this place and community. It is a great privilege for us that you chose the City of Whittlesea in which to live.”

In addition to receiving a citizenship certificate, new citizens received a gift bag containing an Australia flag, lapel pin, and a small Australian native tree.

“The small tree is symbolic. The roots show that you are now established in Australia where your families can grow with a secure, peaceful and meaningful future,” Mr Billson said.

During the ceremony Ms Wilson reflected on the past year and recognised the resilience of people and the courage and selflessness of those who worked on the frontlines fighting fires and floods and responding to the global pandemic.

“This Australia Day in particular, we must pause to reflect on the past year and recognise the resilience of our people and the courage and selflessness of those who worked on the frontlines fighting fires and floods and responding to a global pandemic,” Ms Wilson said.

“I have nothing but admiration and gratitude for all of these workers.”

The City of Whittlesea plans to hold citizenship ceremonies throughout 2021. Please keep an eye on our website for more details.