City set to gain 20 new Aussies on Jan 26

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Twenty Warrnambool residents are scheduled to become new citizens on Australia Day.

The citizenship ceremony will be a highlight of the Australia Day event to be held at the Lighthouse Theatre.

“This is a significant day for those who have chosen to pledge a commitment to Australia and its shared values,” Warrnambool Mayor Cr Debbie Arnott said

““Our new citizens are from 13 countries and will join thousands of other Australians across the nation who are celebrating their citizenship. 

“Our new citizens bring different skills, perspectives and cultural diversity to our community and enrich it through work and participation in public life.

“Our new citizens come from Nepal, the Philippines, Brazil, Sweden, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the U.K., Malaysia, Pakistan, Italy, Iran and Taiwan.

“Australian citizenship is an important common bond for all Australians and more than 5.7 million people have chosen to become Australian citizens since the first citizenship ceremony in 1949

“Warrnambool is enriched by our increasingly diverse community and we wish our new citizens the best in this new stage in their lives.”

The Australia Day event also includes addresses from the Cr Arnott and the member for Wannon, Dan Tehan.

The public is invited to attend the Australia Day which starts at 10.30am at the Lighthouse Theatre.