SIXTY-eight candidates representing 27 different countries signed up to become some of Australia’s newest residents at the 2016 City of Hobart Citizenship and Australia Day Awards.
The ceremony was held on 26 January at the Wrest Point Sandy Bay Regatta at Long Point Reserve.
Hobart Lord Mayor Sue Hickey said becoming a citizen and taking out citizenship represented a commitment to Australia and its people.
“It gives a sense of belonging, because one can fully participate in all aspects of Australian life,” she said.
“Australia has been built by the combined contributions of Indigenous Australians and generations of migrants and their descendants.
“While we come from a diverse range of backgrounds, we share a common future as Australians.
“These new citizens have pledged their commitment to our country, our people, our democratic beliefs, our laws, our rights and our liberties.”
The annual Australia Day awards are co-ordinated through the National Australia Day Council and administered by local councils throughout Australia.
The 2016 City of Hobart Australia Day Awards acknowledge the “unsung heroes” who have made contributions to their community, young people who are deserving of recognition for their community work and clubs and organisations that have held outstanding community events.
The 2016 Australia Day Award winners:
- Citizen of the Year – John Kelly
- Young Citizen of the Year – Jessica Norton
- Community Event of the Year – 2015 MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival