Port Augusta to expand multiculturalism on Australian Citizenship Day

Port Augusta will welcome eight new citizens at an Australian citizenship ceremony on September 17, as part of Australian Citizenship Day 2019.
Port Augusta will welcome eight new citizens at an Australian citizenship ceremony on September 17, as part of Australian Citizenship Day 2019.

Eight new citizens will be welcomed to port Augusta as part of Australian Citizenship Day later this month.

The conferees are from several different countries including Vietnam, Hungary, Zimbabwe, Britain, the Republic of Ireland and the Philippines.

Mayor Brett Benbow said the ceremony is an opportunity for all Australians, whether they are citizens by birth or by choice, to come together to acknowledge what's great about being Australian.

"There is no greater privilege than our citizenship. It's a life-long commitment to Australia's values of freedom, democracy, equality and respect," Mr Benbow said.

This year on Australian Citizenship Day, the nation will welcome the largest number of new citizens nationally since the inaugural Australian Citizenship Day in 2001.

"We are a thriving multicultural community," Mr Benbow said.

"Each year we are privileged to welcome new Australians to our growing team as part of Australian Citizenship Day celebrations."

The Department of Home Affairs and local councils will be hosting 150 ceremonies across the country with more than 8000 people expected to become Australian citizens as part of this special occasion.

Australian Citizenship Day provides an occasion for individuals, schools, community groups and organisations to reflect on the values of Australian citizenship and the contributions of citizens to local communities.

"I encourage everyone in the Port Augusta Community to reflect on and affirm their Australian citizenship on September 17 as we warmly welcome all those becoming citizens," Mr Benbow said.

The ceremony will be held on September 17 at the Port Augusta Civic Centre and all are welcome to attend.