Becoming an Australian Citizen was a virtual affair on Friday September 17th which happened to be the 20th Anniversary of National Citizenship Day. Australians
The day was one of celebration for 134 residents from the Hills and Hawkesbury region who took the oath and became Australian Citizens.
Hawkesbury welcomed 33 new citizens who came from a diverse range of countries including Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Malta, New Zealand, Philippines, South Africa, the United Kingdom and Ukraine.
Each citizen received their Australian citizenship individually through an online ceremony with the Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Patrick Conolly.
As part of the online ceremonies, the Welcome to Country was given by Darug woman Erin Wilkins.
Mayor Conolly said that receiving Australia Citizenship on Australia’s national citizenship day was special for everyone involved.
“The day is an opportunity for all Australians to reflect on the meaning and importance of Australian citizenship and the responsibilities and privileges we have as citizens,” he said.
“Whether we are citizens through birth or by active choice, it is a chance for all Australians to take pride in our citizenship; celebrate our democratic values and think about what unites us as Australians.”
The 101 Hills residents who were sworn in from the safety of their own home by Hills Mayor Dr Michelle Byrne (pictured) came from more than 24 countries, including Brazil, China, South Africa, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Iran and Zimbabwe.
It was the first of four virtual ceremonies. Mayor Byrne, who was honoured to officiate over the proceedings, said it was an “absolute joy” to be part of the welcome.
“Australian citizenship is a wonderful privilege and I’m so honoured that Council could continue to be a part of this momentous journey for our residents on National Citizenship Day,” Mayor Byrne said.
“I congratulate our newest citizens and I wish them all the best on the next chapter in their lives.”