|Colac Otway Shire Council will welcome seven new citizens at a special citizenship ceremony as part of Australian Citizenship Day 2013 celebrations. |
The conferees, from five countries, including Switzerland, New Zealand, Philippines, England and Afghanistan, will officially become Australian citizens as part of a ceremony at COPACC on September 17.
Mayor Lyn Russell said the day was an opportunity to celebrate the role citizenship plays in building local communities.
“Australian Citizenship Day provides an opportunity for all of us to take a moment to think about the meaning and value of our own citizenship.” Cr Russell said.
“An Australian citizenship ceremony celebrates the final stage of someone’s migrant journey and represents their ongoing commitment to their adopted country and to the Australian values.”
Colac Otway Shire’s new citizens are, Susan Dorman of New Zealand; Jenny Farquhar from the Philippines; Albert and Margaret Fennon, and Benjamin Goodrum from the United Kingdom; Mirwais Parsa from Afganistan; and Adrian Schranz from Switzerland.
More than 230 citizenship ceremonies, arranged by councils and the Department of Immigration and Citizenship will be held around Australia during September to celebrate Australian Citizenship Day. About 12,400 people will become Australian citizens as part of this special occasion.
Australian Citizenship Day has been celebrated on September 17 since 2001, to provide an occasion for individuals, schools, community groups and organisations to celebrate and value Australian citizenship.
“I encourage everyone in the Colac Otway Shire to affirm their Australian citizenship on September 17 and warmly welcome all those becoming citizens,” Cr Russell said.