SIXTEEN Richmond Valley residents will take the pledge to become Australian citizens on Sunday 26 January.
The special Citizenship Ceremony, hosted by Mayor Robert Mustow, will be held as part of the Richmond Valley Australia Day celebrations at the Casino Drill Hall precinct.
People from Colombia, Cyprus, Ireland, Jamaica, Myanmar, New Zealand, Taiwan, Thailand, the United States, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe will celebrate with their close friends and family as they swear their allegiance to their new home, Australia.
Cr Mustow, who regularly hosts citizenship ceremonies in the Council Chambers throughout the year, said the ceremonies were an opportunity for all Australians, whether they were citizens by birth or by choice, to come together to acknowledge what’s great about being Australian.
He said the Richmond Valley community was much enriched by all who came here from other lands and cultures.
“I personally love being part of citizenship ceremonies,” Cr Mustow said.
“There is so much pride and enthusiasm on display, and we always have a good attendance, with families keen to show support for their loved ones who are becoming citizens.
“I look forward to officially congratulating those who are participating in Sunday’s ceremony on not only becoming Australian citizens but also making the wise choice to live in the beautiful Richmond Valley.”
The 2020 Australia Day celebrations kick off at 9am, with the official Citizenship and Award Ceremony getting underway at 10.30am.
A special part of the official ceremony will include a ‘thank you’ to our emergency service personnel and local organisations for their outstanding efforts during the recent bush fire disaster.
Other activities include Noah’s Pig Races, Rotary BBQ, free waterslide, jumping castle and teacup rides, face painting, static car display, emergency services display, music and market and food stalls.