One hundred and twenty-two new Australian citizens were welcomed during a Citizenship Ceremony at The Hills Shire Council on Monday, February 27.
Mayor of The Hills Shire, Councillor Yvonne Keane said the ceremony provided an opportunity to reflect on theimportance of citizenship as a unifying bond, strengthening the local Hills community.
“Citizenship Ceremonies, conducted by Council on behalf of the Australian Government, are a time for us to congratulate our newest citizens and welcome them into to the Sydney Hills family,” Mayor Keane said.
“I encourage the community to warmly welcome our newest Australian citizens and reflect on our commitment to make Australia an even better place for future generations.”
Residents making the pledge to become Australian citizens were originally from more than 25 countries.
“We have new citizens from right across the globe, including India, Iran, China, the Philippines, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, Thailand, Spain, Malaysia, America, South Africa, New Zealand, Malta, Taiwan, Denmark, Serbia and Sri Lanka who have chosen The Hills as their home,” Mayor Keane said.
“The Hills is a wonderful melting pot of cultures and we welcome our newest Australian citizens who have come from around the world to add further to the wonderful vibrancy of our region.
“We embrace people from all around the globe and we are glad that these 122 people have decided to take the step of becoming Australian citizens and chosen The Hills Shire as their home.”
The newest Australians in the Sydney Hills on Monday joined more than five million others who have chosen to become Australian citizens since the first citizenship ceremony in 1949.