Meet our newest Eurobodalla citizens! There were 13 residents making the pledge of commitment to Australia today on Australian Citizenship Day - and while the ceremony had to be done a little differently, it was no less momentous for everyone involved. Christopher Boyko
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In Bega Valley Shire the citizenship ceremony was also held today, welcoming 17 new Australian citizens.
The origins of Bega's newest citizens include Colombia, South Africa, the Netherlands, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Bega Valley Shire Mayor, Russell Fitzpatrick congratulated our new citizens and on behalf of the local community, wished them well as they start their new lives as Australians.
“Today’s ceremony is particularly significant as not only is it Australian Citizenship Day, but it’s the 20th anniversary of this great day,” Cr Fitzpatrick said.
“It is the day we reflect on the meaning and importance of Australian citizenship and the responsibilities and privileges we have as citizens.
“Choosing to become an Australian citizen is an important expression of loyalty and commitment to our country.
“Australian citizenship is something to be valued and celebrated, and today is a moment in the lives of our newest citizens to be remembered with honour and enjoyment.”
For further information or to apply to become an Australian Citizen, contact the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs on 131 880 or visit the Department’s website.