Celebrating Australian Citizenship Day
Friday, 17 September 2010
Twenty two local people will become Australian citizens this afternoon (Friday 17 September 2010) as they take part in a citizenship ceremony to be held on National Citizenship Day.
Thousands of people will celebrate Australian Citizenship Day at Australian citizenship and affirmation ceremonies planned across the Nation.
Port Macquarie-Hastings Council Administrator, Garry Payne said, "One of the things I really enjoy in my role as Administrator is conducting the Citizenship ceremonies."
"Every couple of months it is my duty to act as Presiding Officer as residents undertake their final step in becoming an Australian citizen, when they pledge their loyalty to Australia and its people. National Citizenship Day is held on the
17th September every year and is an opportunity for all of us - whether Australian by birth or by choice - to reflect on the role we play in building our nation and shaping our country's future as proud Australian citizens."
This ceremony will see people from Ireland, the United Kingdom, South Africa, New Zealand, The United States of America, Malta, France, The Netherlands and Zimbabwe become our newest Australian citizens.
"If you are not an Australian citizen, why not take the opportunity to contact the Department of Immigration to find out about how to apply for citizenship," Mr Payne said.
The National Citizenship Day ceremony will take place at 3.30pm this afternoon at Council Offices on the Corner of Burrawan & Lord Street, Port Macquarie.