City welcomes more than 40 new citizens

More than 40 Wodonga residents officially became Australian citizens at a ceremony at The Cube Wodonga last night.

With an audience of more than 100 family and friends, the group included a couple who had lived in Australia for several decades to new arrivals from a range of different countries.

The group included those who had come from The Philippines, Nepal, Bhutan, India, Zambia, South Korea, Germany, England and Wales, Peru, Kenya and Iraq.

Family and friends of the group included neighbours and friends who had travelled from Melbourne to be a part of the special day.

After reading a message from the Minister, Cr Speedie led the group through the pledge before presenting the certificates of citizenship. Each family was also presented with an Australian native plant to mark the occasion.

The ceremony finished with the national anthem led by the Sing Australia choir.

The next citizenship ceremony will be held in October.

From this time forward I pledge my loyalty to Australia and its people, whose democratic beliefs I share,
whose rights and liberties I respect, and whose laws I will uphold and obey.

Australian citizenship pledge