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City to welcome new citizens on Australia Day

Published Tuesday, 21st January 2020

The City of Wanneroo will again host the biggest council led citizenship ceremony in the nation on Australia Day.

Crowds celebrating becoming Australian citizens.

More than 1,000 residents from 65 countries were invited to take the pledge to become an Australian citizen.

Mayor Tracey Roberts will officiate at the ceremony which is the nation’s largest for the seventh year running.

“Australian citizenship is a great honour and all of our newest citizens will value what it means to officially become an Australian,” Mayor Roberts said.

“The Australian passport represents a culture of inclusivity and mateship that underpins everything we do.

“It’s always interesting to see the great mix of cultures and people who apply for Australian citizenship. The top five countries of birth for new citizens this year are South Africa, England, India, Ireland and Scotland.

“We value the diversity and richness of experience that is evident throughout our City where 41 per cent of residents were born overseas and approximately 17 per cent of residents came from countries where English was not their first language

“Our community spirit is strong and endearing and our newest citizens will be warmly welcomed.

“Just as our Pioneers did during the formative years of Wanneroo, our new citizens will contribute to the City’s economy and sense of community now and into the future.

“From that Pioneering past, the City of Wanneroo has grown to become home to more than 210,000 people. It is a fiscal powerhouse and major contributor to the state’s economy,” she said.

Guests will gather under a large marquee at the Wanneroo Showgrounds for the special occasion, supported by family and friends. Dignitaries include The Premier, Hon. Mark McGowan MLA, Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Liza Harvey MLA, Hon. Christian Porter MP Federal Member for Pearce and Federal Attorney General with guest speaker former Western Australian Governor Kerry Sanderson AC.

A free community breakfast cooked by the Scouts will be offered before the ceremony.

Over the past decade, the City has welcomed more than 6,500 people as new Australian citizens at our Australia Day citizenship ceremonies.

Citizenship ceremonies are also held throughout the year. Between 2005 and the end of 2019, 21,835 people have become citizens in the City of Wanneroo.

EVENT DETAILS:

Sunday 26 January 2020
Wanneroo Showgrounds, Ariti Avenue, Wanneroo

  • 7.30am – Free community breakfast and roving entertainment
  • 7.30am – Registration, electoral enrolment
  • 9.30am – Official ceremony commences
  • 4pm – Wanneroo Festival
  • 8pm – Wanneroo Festival fireworks

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