9 February, 2021
New Citizens Join in Australia Day Celebrations in Somerset
SOMERSET welcomed 25 new citizens at an Australia Day citizenship ceremony at the Somerset Civic Centre on Tuesday, 26 January.
The conferees from six countries, including Thailand, India, France, South Africa, Philippines and the United Kingdom became citizens as part of the Somerset Australia Day Awards Ceremony at Esk. Somerset Regional Council Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the ceremony was an opportunity for all Australians, whether they are citizens by birth or by choice, to join national celebrations that reflect, respect and celebrate.
“It’s a very special ceremony as we celebrate our nation, its achievements and most of all, its people and welcome new citizens in the process,” Cr Lehmann said.
“There is no greater privilege than our citizenship. It’s a life-long commitment to Australia’s shared values, including respect for the freedom and dignity of the individual, the rule of law and democracy, and equality of opportunity for all people.
“Australian citizenship ceremonies are an important part of our nation’s celebrations and hold special significance for those becoming citizens and the broader Australian community.
“Traditionally, more people become citizens on Australia Day than any other day of the year.”
The global pandemic, COVID-19, and the subsequent guidelines on gathering sizes and social distancing resulted in fewer citizenship ceremonies than usual in 2020.
“Each year we are privileged to welcome new Australians to our growing community as part of Australia Day celebrations,” Cr Lehmann said.