40 new citizens to be welcomed

The Hawkesbury will welcome 40 new citizens to Australia at a very special Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony to be held at the Windsor Function Centre on Tuesday, 26 January 2014 at 9am.

Hawkesbury’s 2016 Australia Day Ambassador, Bruce Elder and the Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Kim Ford will attend the ceremony which is proudly organised by Hawkesbury City Council.

On Australia Day in 1949 the new Australian citizenship legislation automatically delivered citizenship to the majority of Australia’s population. With the introduction of this important piece of legislation the people of Australia could now officially be called Australian citizens.

The first Australian citizenship ceremony was hosted 67 years ago. Australian citizenship is a shared identity, a common bond which unites all Australians while respecting our diversity.

“Becoming an Australian citizen is a major decision involving commitment, responsibility and public recognition. It is also the beginning of your formal membership of the Australian community. It is the step that will enable you to say ‘I am Australian’.”

“We congratulate the Australia Day citizenship candidates on making their decision to become Australian citizens,” Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Kim Ford said.

New citizens will be welcomed from a range for countries including China, Fiji, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Timor-Leste, United Kingdom, United States of America and Zimbabwe.

Following the citizenship ceremony at Windsor Function Centre, the Hawkesbury Australia Day Awards ceremony will be held at the Windsor Function Centre commencing at 12noon.