On 26 January 2019, the Australian Government will mark 70 years since Australian citizenship was introduced into law, creating for the first time a legal status of being uniquely Australian. For 70 years, citizens have been working together to build a strong, united and prosperous Australia. All citizens commit to Australia and its people, working together to increase the prosperity of our nation. In 2019 we celebrate the diverse stories of our citizens, the values that we share and the history we create together.
Moorabool Shire will welcome eleven new citizens as part of Australia Day 2019 celebrations being held in the Public Hall, Main Street, Bacchus Marsh.
Cr Paul Tatchell said Australia Day is a significant day to reflect on the privilege of Australian citizenship and what it means to be Australian.
“Australia Day is a time for us to give a warm welcome to our newest citizens and acknowledge the importance of what it means to become a full member of the Australian community,” Cr Tatchell said.
Across Australia, almost 13,000 people from around 130 countries are set to become Australian citizens at more than 330 citizenship ceremonies on 26 January.
Cr Tatchell said citizenship is the common bond uniting all Australians, whether you are a citizen by birth or by choice.
An Australian citizenship affirmation ceremony will also be part of the celebration at Bacchus Marsh, allowing all Australians to congratulate and welcome new citizens.
“Thousands of Australians are also expected to affirm their citizenship, bringing communities together in regional and metropolitan Australia.
“I congratulate those becoming Australian citizens on making their commitment to Australia, and encourage everyone to come and join in on the local celebrations this Australia Day,” Cr Tatchell said.