Hundreds expected at Joondalup Australia Day citizenship ceremony

The 2019 City of Joondalup Australia Day citizenship ceremony. Picture: Stewart Allen
The 2019 City of Joondalup Australia Day citizenship ceremony. Picture: Stewart Allen

HUNDREDS of people are expected to attend the City of Joondalup’s Australia Day citizenship ceremony on Sunday.

More than 330 people born in countries such as China, Egypt, India, Iran, New Zealand, Poland, South Africa, the UK and the US will pledge their allegiance to Australia in front of their family and friends at the Central Park ceremony from 9am.

Professor Colleen Hayward will provide the keynote address as this year’s Australia Day ambassador in addition to delivering a Welcome to Country.

The City’s 2020 Community Citizen of the Year Awards will also be presented in the categories of Citizen of the Year, Youth Citizen of the Year, Senior Citizen of the Year and Active Citizenship – Group/Event.

About 40 per cent of the City’s more than 160,000 residents were born overseas and Joondalup deputy mayor Russ Fishwick, who is hosting the ceremony, said everything good about the Australian lifestyle could be found in Joondalup.

“Joondalup is internationally recognised as one of the world’s most liveable cities with an engaged community, stunning natural assets – including 17km of pristine coastline – many healthy lifestyle opportunities and an exciting events calendar that adds further vibrancy to this little slice of heaven,” he said.

“I hope all those being granted citizenship find peace, health, happiness and success as a valued Australian citizen and member of the Joondalup community.”

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