Moonee Valley welcomes its newest Australian citizens

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Moonee Valley City Council will be hosting a Citizenship Ceremony on Friday, 26 January to welcome our newest citizens. 

There will be 115 people from 27 different countries of birth making the pledge to officially become citizens in a special ceremony to be held at the Clocktower Centre in Moonee Ponds.

Moonee Valley Mayor Cr John Sipek said becoming an Australian citizen is an important and meaningful responsibility.

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

Of the total population in Moonee Valley, 30 per cent were born overseas, and more than 70 per cent speak a second language.

“We are very proud of our cultural diversity which has helped make Moonee Valley what it is today,” Cr Sipek said.

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

The official ceremony will start at 2pm with a Welcome to Country by a Wurundjeri Elder, and speeches from Cr Sipek, Australia Day Ambassador Joe Cannatelli, who owns J.C.’s Quality Foods and is involved in numerous charities, and 2018 Moonee Valley Citizen of the Year Ed Castenmiller. 

Guests will enjoy afternoon tea following the ceremony.

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Last updated: Friday, 11 January 2019, 3:55 AM