The Hills Shire Council has welcomed 239 new citizens into the community, with citizenship ceremonies taking place on October 31 and November 14.
Mayor of The Hills Shire, Councillor Yvonne Keane, said the civic ceremonies acknowledge our neighbours, friends or family members who have made the pledge to become an Australian citizen.
“Hills Shire Council’s citizenship ceremonies allow us to personally welcome these wonderful people who have chosen to join our phenomenal community,” Mayor Keane said.
“It gives us the opportunity to reflect upon our very own citizenship and what it means to be Australian.
“I encourage everyone in The Hills Shire to welcome our new residents,” Mayor Keane added.
The newest Australians in the Hills joined more than five million others who have chosen to become Australian citizens since the first citizenship ceremony in 1949.
Mayor Keane said the ceremony included residents from more than 30 countries.
“We have welcomed new citizens from all around the globe, including the United Kingdom, Belgium, Canada, South Korea, Peru, India and Venezuela,” Mayor Keane said.
“Having such a diverse community is a testament to our spectacular and accommodating region and its residents.”
The next citizenship ceremony for The Hills Shire will take place on Australia Day 2017.