Australian Citizenship Day, Thursday 17 September 2020.

MidCoast Council will welcome 25 new citizens tomorrow at its first citizenship ceremony since COVID-19 restrictions were introduced.

The conferees from 12 countries including England, Ireland, Brazil, Thailand, Philippines, Denmark, and Germany, will become Australian citizens as part of a ceremony at 10.30am.

MidCoast Council Mayor, David West, said the ceremony was an opportunity for all Australians, whether they are citizens by birth or by choice, to come together to acknowledge what’s great about being Australian.

Each year on Australian Citizenship Day—17 September—we reflect on the meaning and importance of Australian citizenship and the shared values that unite us.

There is no greater privilege than our citizenship. It’s a life-long commitment to Australia’s values of freedom, democracy, equality and respect,” Mayor West 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.

COVID-19 guidelines on hotspot restrictions, gathering sizes, and social distancing will result in fewer citizenship ceremonies than usual on Citizenship Day in 2020. Even so, more than 2500 people will receive citizenship at more than 100 online or in-person ceremonies across the country today.

Each year we are privileged to welcome new Australians to our growing community as part of Australian Citizenship Day celebrations,” Mayor West said.

I encourage everyone in the MidCoast region to reflect on and affirm their Australian citizenship on September 17 as we warmly welcome our newest citizens.”

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