Six of Australia’s newest citizens travelled from India, South Africa, the UK, the Philippines and Hong Kong to make Australia their home, and will now have their citizenship affirmed in a ceremony tomorrow.

With the country at their feet, and an endless amount of places to live, it was Goondiwindi they wanted to call home.

The Goondiwindi Regional Council citizenship ceremony will be small, but significant, as mayor Lawrence Springborg welcomes the new residents into the community.

“The theme of this year’s celebrations is ‘We’re all part of the story’,” Mr Springborg said.

“Council is very proud to be able to hold the Australia Day Awards each year as a way to reflect on the story of our region, our achievements, and most importantly, our people.

“I encourage all Goondiwindi region residents to celebrate our national day and to share what Australian citizenship means to them.

“To reflect on our history, its highs and lows, and respect the stories of all our people as we celebrate our nation.”

Council plans to hold the citizenship ceremony in conjunction with the celebrations in Goondiwindi.

All residents are invited to attend:

– Australia Day Awards – The Texas Historical Society (Heritage Centre)

Morning tea from 9am. Australia Day Awards start 10am.

– Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony – The Goondiwindi Town Park

Rotary Club Goondiwindi breakfast from 6.30am. Australia Day Awards start 8.30am, followed by Citizenship Ceremony.

“There is no greater privilege than our citizenship,” Cr Springborg said.

“It’s a lifelong commitment to Australia’s shared values, including respect for the freedom and dignity of the individual, the rule of law and democracy, and equality of opportunity for all people.

“Australian citizenship ceremonies are an important part of our nation’s celebrations and hold special significance for those becoming citizens and the broader Australian community,” he said.

“We are privileged to welcome new Australians to the Goondiwindi region’s growing community, and I encourage everyone in the region to reflect on Australian citizenship as we warmly welcome our newest citizens.”

Originally published as ‘Lifelong commitment’: Small region to welcome six new Aussies


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