Wingecarribee Shire to welcome new citizens

24 January, 2013Posted in: Community, Events

Thirty two residents from China, France, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, the United States of America, Malta, Ireland, Canada, Italy, India, Yugoslavia and the United Kingdom will make the pledge of Australian Citizenship as part of Wingecarribee Shire Council’s 2013 Australia Day celebrations this Saturday 26 January at Berrima.

Wingecarribee Shire Mayor, Councillor Juliet Arkwright said she was looking forward to welcoming the new citizens on our national day.

“Becoming an Australian citizen is without a doubt a very special occasion, but doing so on Australia Day makes it even more memorable,” the Mayor said.

Wingecarribee Shire’s official Australia Day program kicks off at 9.30am at the historic Berrima Court House.

Following the citizenship ceremony, our Australia Day Ambassador – Australian representative athlete Julie Iles – will address the crowd prior to the announcement of this year’s Australia Day Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year recipients.

This will be followed by tea and lamingtons for all.

Celebrations continue with the famous grand parade at 12 noon featuring vintage cars, fire engines and tractors.

Entertainment will continue until 4pm and include heaps of rides, amusements and a farmyard nursery for the children.

Food, drinks and market stalls will also be available.

Entry is free.

“I encourage all residents of our Shire, whether new or old, by birth or choice, to join in Wingecarribee Shire’s Australia Day events and celebrate this great nation,” the Mayor added.

For further information contact Council’s Australia Day Coordinator on 4868 0719.