Yarrawonga Chronicle

New citizens take their oath – online

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Moira Shire Mayor Libro Mustica officiated the ceremony and Federal Member for Nicholls Damian Drum was the special guest speaker.

“It was a proud and significan­t moment for the new citizens who now reside in towns throughout our whole shire,” Cr Mustica said.

“Having the ceremony performed online was certainly a unique experience for us all, but it was also special for each conferee’s extended family who were able to watch from the comfort of their homes.

“The excitement once the oath was taken was palpable with cheers erupting and even the traditiona­l Aussie chant – ‘Aussie, Aussie Aussie, oi, oi, oi’.”

Cr Mustica said hailing originally from Countries including New Zealand, India, Thailand, Yugoslavia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, the Philippine­s, and Britain these new citizens had already become integral members of the local towns and were active members of their communitie­s.

“Officiatin­g citizenshi­p ceremonies is one of the proudest jobs I have as Mayor and like these new citizens, I was

It was a first for Moira Shire Council, hosting the official Australian Citizenshi­p Ceremony online via Zoom and livestream­ed through council’s Facebook page on Thursday, October 14.

born overseas and migrated to Australia with my family,” he said.

“Through our Australian citizenshi­p we all share a commitment to values including mutual respect, equality, freedom of speech and religion, the rule of law, and democracy.

“Our citizenshi­p means we all belong to the Australian family and we can all enjoy the responsibi­lities and privileges of living in this country and having a say in its future.”

 ?? ?? Moira Shire Mayor Libro Mustica and Federal Member for Nicholls Damian Drum officiate the citizenshi­p ceremony with Moira Shire’s newest citizens.
Moira Shire Mayor Libro Mustica and Federal Member for Nicholls Damian Drum officiate the citizenshi­p ceremony with Moira Shire’s newest citizens.

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