Litchfield Council welcomed 39 new citizens at our Australian citizenship ceremony today, as part of Australian Citizenship Day celebrations.
The conferees from 12 countries, including Denmark, Indonesia, Germany, India, New Zealand, Philippines, Switzerland, Thailand, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe became Australian Citizens as part of our ceremony at the Humpty Doo Village Green.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Australian Citizenship Day. Doug Barden, mayor of Litchfield Council said Australian Citizenship Day was an opportunity for all Australians in their community, whether by birth or by choice, to reflect on and celebrate what’s great about being Australian.
“COVID-19 restrictions will result in fewer citizenship ceremonies than usual around Australia this year, however, here we are fortunate to still be able to mark this important occasion and welcome new Australians to our community”, Mayor Barden said.
Australian Citizenship Day provides an occasion for individuals, schools, community groups and organisations to reflect on the contributions of citizens to our local communities.
Even with lockdowns across the country, it’s anticipated that ore than 140 ceremonies will take place by local councils and community groups across Australia, with more than 7,000 people invited to become new citizens.
“I encourage everyone in the Litchfield Council municipality to reflect on and affirm their Australian citizenship on this day, 17 September 2021 as we warmly welcome our newest citizens,” Mayor Barden said.
For more information about Australian Citizenship Day and Australian citizenship, visit www.citizenship.gov.au