Over 400 new citizens will be calling Cumberland City Council home when they’re welcomed at two Australian Citizenship ceremonies held at The Holroyd Centre, Merrylands on Monday 12 September.
As part of the national celebrations for Australian Citizenship Day, local residents from 43 countries including parts of South Asia, Asia, the Middle East and Europe will officially become Australian citizens.
The two ceremonies are being held in conjunction with hundreds of events around the country which will see thousands of people become new citizens.
Cumberland City Mayor Lisa Lake said Council places great importance on citizenship ceremonies. They help create a sense of belonging and are a valuable opportunity to officially welcome new citizens.
“Compared to other local government areas in Sydney, we welcome some of the highest rates of new citizens with Cumberland Council hosting over 20 citizenship ceremonies a year and welcoming an average of just over 200 new citizens at each event.” said Mayor Lake.
“Australian Citizenship Day is an opportunity for us all to reflect on what it means to be an Australian citizen and appreciate the great place we call home. Cumberland is such a great place to live. We are so culturally diverse. I encourage you all to join with me in welcoming our new citizens to our wonderful area.” she said.
Australian Citizenship Day is a national event with celebrations taking place across the country during the week of 17 September. The day has been running since 2001 and also marks an event where individuals, schools, community groups and organisations come together to reflect on the contributions of citizens to our local communities.