29 new Australian citizens welcomed to Cessnock
Cessnock City Council welcomed 29 new citizens at an Australian citizenship ceremony today as part of Australian Citizenship Day 2019.
Our newest citizens come from all across the globe including from the Philippines, India, China, United States, South Africa, Pakistan, Vietnam, Canada, Fiji, United Kingdom, Cyprus, England, New Zealand and Kenya.
Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent 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.
“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 Pynsent said.
This year on Australian Citizenship Day, we welcomed the largest number of new citizens nationally since the inaugural Australian Citizenship Day in 2001.
The Department of Home Affairs and local councils hosted 150 ceremonies across the country with more than 8000 people becoming Australian citizens as part of this special occasion.
Australian Citizenship Day provides an occasion for individuals, schools, community groups and organisations to reflect on the values of Australian citizenship and the contributions of citizens to our local communities.