The Hinchinbrook Shire has welcomed six new citizens at an Australian citizenship ceremony held Tuesday 17 September 2019, as part of Australian Citizenship Day for 2019.
The conferees from two countries, including the Philippines and Thailand, became Australian citizens as part of a ceremony at the Hinchinbrook Chambers.
Mayor Ramon Jayo said the ceremony was an opportunity for all Australians, whether they are citizens by birth or by choice, to come together to acknowledge what’s great about being Australian.
“There is no greater privilege than our citizenship. It’s a life-long commitment to Australia’s values of freedom, democracy, equality and respect,” Cr Jayo said.
This year on Australian Citizenship Day, we are set to welcome the largest number of new citizens nationally since the inaugural Australian Citizenship Day in 2001.
“We are a thriving multicultural community,” Cr Jayo said.
“Each year we are privileged to welcome new Australians to our growing team as part of Australian Citizenship Day celebrations.”
The Department of Home Affairs and local councils will be hosting 150 ceremonies across the country with more than 8000 people expected to become Australian citizens as part of this special occasion.
Australian Citizenship Day provides an occasion for individuals, schools, community groups and organisations to reflect on the values of Australian citizenship and the contributions of citizens to our local communities.
“I encourage everyone in the Hinchinbrook Shire to reflect on and affirm their Australian citizenship on September 17 as we warmly welcome all those becoming citizens,” Cr Jayo said.