Wingecarribee Shire to welcome new citizens

22 January, 2018Posted in: Community, Events
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Australia Day in Berrima

Eight residents from the United Kingdom, India and South Africa will make the pledge of Australian Citizenship as part of Wingecarribee Shire Council’s 2018 Australia Day celebrations this Friday 26 January at Berrima.

Wingecarribee Shire Mayor Ken Halstead said the occasion was a chance to acknowledge the importance of citizenship.

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

“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 becoming an Australian.

“We’re extremely proud and excited these residents have chosen to call the Southern Highlands home and congratulate them as they join our Australian family.”

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

During the ceremony, our Australia Day Ambassador – brain injury awareness advocate and author Cheryl Koenig – will address the crowd prior to the announcement of this year’s Australia Day Citizen of the Year recipients.

“Cheryl had to deal with a very serious family tragedy and what happened afterwards is a story filled with hope, resilience and inspiration,” Councillor Halstead added.  “We’re thrilled that she has agreed to join us and we can’t wait to hear her address.”

After the official ceremony guests can enjoy morning tea, complete with lamingtons.

Celebrations will continue with the famous street parade at 12 noon featuring vintage cars, bikes and tractors.  Entertainment will continue until 4pm and includes rides, amusements and a farmyard nursery for the children.

Food, drinks and market stalls will also be available.

“I encourage everyone to join in Wingecarribee Shire’s Australia Day festivities and celebrate all that is great about our wonderful nation,” Mayor Halstead said.

Entry to the Shire’s official Australia Day celebrations is free.

For further information contact Council’s Australia Day Coordinator on 4868 0719 or visit Council’s website at