Twenty six residents from the United Kingdom, France, Israel, India, Indonesia, South Africa, Ireland, China and the Philippines will make the pledge of Australian Citizenship as part of Wingecarribee Shire Council’s 2015 Australia Day celebrations this Monday 26 January at Berrima.
Wingecarribee Shire Mayor, Councillor Duncan Gair said the occasion was not only a chance to celebrate what unites Australians on Australia Day but to also acknowledge the importance of citizenship.
“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.
“Citizenship marks the final stage of their migrant journey as they pledge their commitment to Australia and its people and accept the privileges and responsibilities of Australian citizenship.
“We’re extremely proud and excited these residents have chosen to call the Southern Highlands home and congratulate them as they make the pledge to join our Australian family.”
Wingecarribee Shire’s official Australia Day program kicks off at 9.30am at the historic Berrima Court House Museum.
Following the citizenship ceremony, our Australia Day Ambassador – Countess Natalie von Faber-Castell – will address the crowd prior to the announcement of this year’s Australia Day Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year recipients.
Celebrations will continue with the famous grand parade at 12 noon featuring vintage cars, bikes and tractors. Entertainment will continue until 4pm and include rides, amusements and a farmyard nursery for the children. Entry is free.
Food, drinks and market stalls will also be available.
Berrima Gaol will also open its doors to the public over the Australia Day weekend for the first time since its closure in 2011. The Rotary Club of Berrima District has secured permission from the Department of Corrective Services to allow public viewing of the historic facility built by convicts almost 180 years ago. Tickets and event information can be found online at www.gaolbreak.org.au.
“I encourage the entire community to join in Wingecarribee Shire’s Australia Day festivities and celebrate all that is great about our nation,” Councillor Gair added.
For further information contact Council’s Australia Day Coordinator on 4868 0719 or visit Council’s website at www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/australia-day-2015.