237 New Citizens Welcomed to the Hills Shire

237 people took the final step in their journey to becoming Australian citizens at a ceremony at The Hills Shire Council on Sunday, 17 September.

The ceremony was held on Australian Citizenship Day, making the day even more special for the Hills Shire’s newest citizens.

First established in 2001, Australian Citizenship Day allows all Australians to consider the meaning of Australian citizenship and their responsibilities and privileges as citizens.

Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Peter Gangemi reflected on the day’s significance.

237 New australian Citizens Welcomed to the Hills Shire

“It was particularly special to welcome The Hills Shire’s newest citizens, who have come from all corners of the world on this meaningful day, which unites all Australians,” Mayor Gangemi said.

“I would like to congratulate our newest citizens and thank you for choosing The Hills Shire as your home.

“The Hills is a blessed community and one of our greatest strengths is our diverse multicultural population. I would like to thank each of our newest citizens for making our wonderful region even greater.”

The newest Australian citizens in The Hills came from 36 countries throughout the world including India, China, Iran, Pakistan, South Africa, Egypt and the United Kingdom.

Mr Tushar Bind and his family were one of the families who became citizens over the weekend.

“We chose to become Australiancitizens because we have seen and experienced that Australia truly lives to its values of helpfulness, freedom, respect and fairness,” Mr Bind said.