Wodonga welcomes new citizens

Almost 30 Wodonga residents became Australian citizens at a citizenship ceremony at The Cube Wodonga.

The group included several families with the new citizens ranging in age from three to 73.

They came from countries including Bhutan, India, Sri Lanka, The Phillippines, Iran, New Zealand, Britain, Germany and the Republic of Congo.

In a ceremony led by Wodonga Mayor Cr Anna Speedie, the group took the citizenship pledge after a message delivered by Cr Speedie on behalf of the new Minister for Immigrant, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs David Coleman.

They were then led in the national anthem by the Sing Australia choir.

In welcoming the new citizens, Cr Speedie touched on their many different and sometimes challenging journeys and said she looked forward to their contribution as part of the growing Wodonga community.

Citizenship ceremonies are hosted by Wodonga Council and are held regularly in The Cube Wodonga.

The next ceremony will be held in 2019.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection allocates candidates to dates. The council will not make contact with prospective citizens until information has been provided by the Department of Immigration.

To inquire about a status, please contact the Department of Immigration (border.gov.au) or call 131 880.