Mansfield Courier

New Aussies welcomed this Australian Citizenshi­p Day

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MANSFIELD Shire Council will welcome 10 new citizens at an online Australian citizenshi­p ceremony on September 17 as part of Australian Citizenshi­p Day celebratio­ns.

The conferees from seven countries, including Canada, United Kingdom, Russia, Germany, Thailand, Britain and the Netherland­s, will become Australian citizens as part of an online ceremony.

This year marks the 20th anniversar­y of Australian Citizenshi­p Day.

Mayor Mark Holcombe 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 and the privileges and responsibi­lities it embodies.

“We have more people affirming their citizenshi­p this year than ever before.

“We are proud of the growth in our multicultu­ral community and through our online citizenshi­p ceremony we celebrate our diversity,” Cr Holcombe 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 more than 140 ceremonies will take place by local councils and community groups across Australia, with more than 7000 people invited to become new citizens.

“I encourage everyone to reflect on and affirm their Australian citizenshi­p on September 17 as we warmly welcome our newest citizens,” Cr Holcombe said.

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