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Media Release – 29 January 2024 -Two New Aussies Welcomed to the Hilltops

Jan 29, 2024

For Immediate Release Monday 29 January 2024
Authorised by Anthony O’Reilly

Two new Aussies have been welcomed at a special citizenship ceremony held in Carrington Park, Young on Friday 26 January 2024. The event was held as part of Australia Day celebrations in Hilltops, during the 75th anniversary of Australian citizenship. Having migrated from the UK and India, the conferees were welcomed by Mayor Roles, who was the presiding officer for the ceremony.

Mayor Margaret Roles shared that “the skills and cultural diversity of the new citizens, as well as their hard work and participation in our public life, will enrich our Hilltops”. Mayor Roles invited all Australians to reflect on our shared values, our national history, our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage, and how each one of us can become more involved with our local communities.

Australian citizenship ceremonies are an important part of our nation’s celebrations. Our newest citizens have joined a special group of Australians who celebrate the anniversary of their citizenship each Australia Day. They have become Australian citizens during a special year as 2024 marks the 75th anniversary of Australian citizenship. On 26 January 1949, the Nationality and Citizenship Act 1948 came into effect creating the new status of Australian citizen, and the first Australian citizenship ceremony was held on 3 February 1949 at Albert Hall in Canberra.

We wish our new citizens the best in this new stage in their lives.

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Photo from left to right: Deputy Mayor Alison Foreman, Pooja Patel, Mayor Margaret Roles, Robert Whittleton and Councillor Mary Dodd