Moonee Valley welcomes its newest Australian citizens

Thursday, 17 January 2018

Every Australia Day our nation welcomes its newest citizens in celebrations and ceremonies across the country. Once again, Moonee Valley City Council will be hosting a Citizenship Ceremony on Saturday, 26 January to welcome our newest citizens.

There will be 110 people making the pledge to officially become citizens in a ceremony to be held at the Clocktower Centre in Moonee Ponds.

Moonee Valley Mayor Cr Narelle Sharpe said becoming an Australian citizen is an important and meaningful responsibility.

“It’s an honour to share in this significant moment as our newest citizens, who have chosen to make Australia their home, pledge commitment to our country,” Cr Sharpe said.

“I look forward to celebrating with our new citizens on this special day as they start their journey as Australians.”

The official ceremony will start at 2pm with cultural ceremonies performed by a Wurundjeri Elder as appropriate to Wurundjeri customs and lore. There will be speeches from Cr Sharpe and Essendon Football Club CEO Xavier Campbell, who will speak about the importance of citizenship and sport, and our collective work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through initiatives such as the Little Long Walk.

This year we will also be holding a healing ceremony on 26 January in order to respectfully acknowledge the pain and suffering experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

On 28 August 2018 Council resolved to endorse a number of reconciliation activities in partnership with the Wurundjeri Council on and around 26 January 2019.

Called Bunjils Marroun (meaning ‘Bunjil’s cry’), the healing ceremony will be held on Saturday, 26 January at the Babepal Paen-mirring ceremonial rock circle at Five Mile Creek Reserve, Essendon. The event is a chance for community members, including our new citizens, to learn about and experience what the day means to our Traditional Custodians, and will include an acknowledgement of history by a Wurundjeri Elder.

We are also holding an indigenous cultural talk by Gunditjmara Elder Uncle Jim Berg at Flemington Library on Tuesday, 29 January.

Find out more information on our Reconciliation page.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 22 January 2019, 11:59 PM