The Hawkesbury welcomed 120 new citizens from a diverse range of countries on Australian Citizenship Day, Sunday, September 17, 2023, at the Windsor Function Centre. The ceremony was officiated by the Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Sarah McMahon.
The new citizens came from Belgium, Brazil, Britain, Canada, China, Colombia, Czechia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Korea, Malta, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and Vietnam.
Australian Citizenship Day is celebrated annually on September 17 to commemorate the date in 1949 when the Australian Citizenship Act was passed. The day is an opportunity for all Australians, whether by birth or by choice, to reflect on the meaning and importance of their citizenship.
In her speech, Mayor McMahon said that receiving Australian citizenship on Australia’s national citizenship day was a special occasion for everyone involved. She welcomed the new citizens to the Hawkesbury community and wished them all the best for their future in Australia.
The new citizens recited the Australian Citizenship Pledge and received their citizenship certificates before celebrating with their families and friends.
Source: Hawkesbury City Council