City of Swan celebrates diversity with 91 new Australian citizens


Mayor Mick Wainwright welcomes new citizens Sarah Beni-ezz, Waeel Ibrahim and Rawan Ibrahim.
Mayor Mick Wainwright welcomes new citizens Sarah Beni-ezz, Waeel Ibrahim and Rawan Ibrahim.

THE City of Swan welcomed 91 new Australian citizens at a citizenship ceremony held at Midland Town Hall last Tuesday night.

The ceremony was the biggest held by the City yet, with the citizens coming from 20 countries, including Colombia, Fiji, the Ivory Coast and Wales.

Swan Mayor Mick Wainwright said the record ceremony coincided with Australian Citizenship Day ceremonies taking place across the country.

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“Australian Citizenship Day falls on September 17, but is celebrated from September 12 to 18 to increase awareness of Australian citizenship and give towns and cities across the nation a focal point for citizenship activities,” he said.

Cr Wainwright said close to 6000 people were expected to be accepted during the week.

“Department of Immigration and Border Protection figures show that 5984 people from 133 countries will take part in 89 ceremonies at 77 councils across Australia, which is very impressive,” he said.

“The cultural diversity of our country means everyone, wherever they are from, has something different and exciting to contribute. Today, 30 per cent of our residents were born in other countries and I am so pleased to have been able to welcome 91 new friends and community members.”