Multicultural welcome for new citizens

Sixty-nine people became official Australian citizens at a citizenship ceremony at the Sandy Bay Regatta and HARMONY Tasmanian Multicultural Festival at the Long Beach Reserve on 27 January.

The Regatta, once held on Australia Day, was moved to 27 January after the Hobart City Council voted to make the citizenship ceremony a standalone event that aligns with the values of unity and diversity.

“This year, the City of Hobart continued its long tradition of holding its citizenship ceremony with the 176th Sandy Bay Regatta, but on Saturday 27 January,” Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds said.

“In 2017 the Hobart City Council was the first council in Australia to formally consider changing its citizenship ceremony from 26 January but were advised that we risked being stripped of our ability to hold ceremonies altogether.

“This opportunity followed a policy change by the Commonwealth to allow councils to hold ceremonies within three days either side of Australia Day.

“Local government can be a powerful voice for local communities, and we are pleased the Commonwealth has amended the code to allow us to move our citizenship ceremonies to a date that can be inclusive for everyone.”

Just after the regatta the HARMONY Tasmanian Multicultural Festival brought vibrant stalls to the Long Beach Reserve in a celebration of Hobart’s diverse population.

“With live performances, workshops, food and crafts from the five continents of the world, the festival was an unforgettable experience for the family,” festival executive producer Angela Esquivel said.

“We are working very closely with our supporters, in particular with the City of Hobart, to establish a long-term strategy for the HARMONY Festival,” she said.

“After the cancellation of Moonah Taste of the World, there is a real need in our Tasmanian community.”

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