Shire welcomes six new citizens during its Australian citizenship ceremony held on Australia Day

Published on Friday, 31 January 2020 at 3:09:41 PM

The Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley were delighted to welcome six new citizens during its Australian citizenship ceremony held on Australia Day.

On Sunday 26 January, the migrants from three countries, including Vietnam, Timor-Leste and the United Kingdom became Australian citizens as part of a ceremony at the Kununurra Leisure Centre.

Shire Councillor Debra Pearce, who officiated the ceremony, said these ceremonies provide an important opportunity to welcome new citizens as full members of our Australian Community.

“Acquiring citizenship enables people to participate fully in our society, realise aspirations and achieve their full potential, regardless of their race, background, gender, religion, language or place of birth.

“Your Australian Citizenship is also about making a contribution and the aim of all Australians is to build a strong, harmonious and unified nation,” Cr Pearce said.

The day was an opportunity for all Australians, whether they are citizens by birth or by choice, to come together to acknowledge what’s great about being Australian.

“There is no greater privilege than our citizenship. It’s a life-long commitment to Australia’s values of freedom, democracy, equality and respect.

“Each year we are privileged to welcome new Australians to our growing community as part of Australia Day celebrations.

“I encourage everyone in our community to reflect on their Australian citizenship as we warmly welcome our new citizens,” Cr Pearce said.

The Shire congratulates and welcomes the East Kimberley’s newest citizens: Lizete Manning, Phuoc Van Hoang, Hoang Da Thao, Khang Hoang, Nguyeen Hoang and Amanda Sheppard.

📸: Sarah Duguid Photography

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