Mayor of The Hills Shire, Councillor Yvonne Keane, welcomed 88 new citizens into the community during a special citizenship ceremony held as part of the Orange Blossom Festival on Saturday, September 17.
Mayor Keane, who conducted the commemoration, said the day provided an opportunity to reflect on the importance of citizenship as a common bond – strengthening the Sydney Hills region.
“Saturday marked the start of the Orange Blossom Festival, as well as Australian Citizenship Day,” Mayor Keane said.
“The day provided the opportunity to welcome our newest citizens and also remind ourselves of the rights and privileges of Australian citizenship.
“It also presented the time to thank those individuals who have dedicated themselves to making a positive difference in our spectacular community.
“I encourage everyone in the Sydney Hills to warmly welcome all our new citizens,” Mayor Keane added.
Australian Citizenship Day is celebrated annually and provides an occasion for individuals, families, schools, community groups and organisations to celebrate and reflect on being an Australian citizen.
The newest Australians in the Sydney Hills this week 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 28 countries.
“We have new citizens from right across the globe, including the United States, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Pakistan, Argentina, China and Switzerland,” Mayor Keane said.
“Having such a diverse community proves that the Sydney Hills is a testament to our wonderful and accommodating region and its residents.”