City welcomes new Australians

Media Release 18 September 2020

The City has welcomed its newest citizens at a ceremony held on Thursday 17 September, Australian Citizenship Day. 

Australian Citizenship Day is a day for all Australians whether by birth or choice to reflect on and celebrate being an Australian citizen.

It’s the first citizenship ceremony the City has held since Australia Day, after the event was put on hold by the Department of Home Affairs due to COVID-19. The ceremony was held in a revised format, with physical distancing requirements and a limit on guest numbers.

Sixty one people from 21 countries including the UK, New Zealand, South Africa, Brazil, India, Ireland, Morocco, Pakistan, Syria and Vietnam took the oath to become new Australians.

City of South Perth Mayor Greg Milner said it is a great pleasure to be able to welcome our newest citizens to the City, especially on Australian Citizenship Day.

“A citizenship ceremony is an incredibly significant and moving event. We see people coming from all over the world, people who have undertaken not just physical, but emotional and spiritual journeys to join us. We see people choosing Australia, out of all the nations on Earth, to call their home. I regard it as an absolute privilege to welcome our newest Australians,” Mayor Milner said.

Once again, the New Era Baha’i Choir performed at the ceremony. The choir is a group of ordinary people from very different backgrounds, representing the beautiful diversity of Australia. They have been performing at the City's citizenship ceremonies since 2001.

The City generally holds around four citizenship ceremonies each year, if you would like to become a citizen or for more information click here.

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