Mitchell Shire welcomes more new citizens
Twenty-six residents have officially become Australian citizens after they pledged their loyalty at Mitchell Shire Council’s Citizenship ceremony on Monday, 5 August.
The ceremony saw individuals and entire families receive their citizenship in a ceremony conducted by Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor Bill Chisholm.
The citizens’ countries of origin range from the Irish Republic, Ghana, Taiwan, Thailand and Sri Lanka.
The citizenship ceremony represents the final step in the journey for many new Australians. Mitchell Shire Council conducts four Citizenship Ceremonies throughout the year, welcoming more and more residents to Australian Citizenship.
Earlier this year, 39 people became citizens at the annual Australia Day Celebrations at Kings Park, Seymour, in January.
Mitchell Shire is one of the fastest growing areas in Victoria and new residents are choosing to live here every day.
“It is so wonderful to be able to conduct the Citizenship Ceremony and welcome new Australians to our community. It is a great privilege to be able to see the smiles and joy on everybody’s faces as they become Australian citizens,” he said.
“The room had a great atmosphere as we welcomed a diverse range of people at the ceremony. My fellow councillors also had great pleasure in welcoming the new citizens to the shire.
"As we grow and change, we value the diversity that our new citizens bring, and we look forward to their positive contribution they will make to our community.
“The event was a wonderful opportunity for people to come together and celebrate. It was brilliant to see how many amazing people we have.”