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Council welcomes new Australian citizens

Family with Mayor, CEO and Uncle Rick at citizenship ceremony.

Monday 16 September 2019

Mount Alexander Shire today welcomed seven new Australian citizens at a civic ceremony in Castlemaine.

Mayor Bronwen Machin led the ceremony and local Aboriginal elder Uncle Rick Nelson provided a Welcome to Country along with an individual welcome for each new citizen to keep them safe on country.

“It’s a lengthy process to become an Australian citizen. It takes time, patience and commitment and I warmly congratulate each of you on your journey to become an Australian citizen,” said Mayor Machin.
“We are very proud of our community and we are so pleased you have chosen our shire as your home,” she said.
The new citizens hale from India, the United Kingdom and United States.

Ajay Kumar moved to Australia from India 12 years ago. He has lived in the shire for four years. Ajar, his wife Neelam and their daughter Seerat became citizens today.

“Today was very special. Becoming an Australian citizen took two and a half years – it was well worth the wait,” said Ajay.

Glen Springate also became an Australian citizen today. Glen is from the United Kingdom. He has lived in Australia since 2003, and in Castlemaine for the last ten years.

“I’ve been involved in the community, including the soccer club at Chewton, for many years,” said Glen.

“It just felt like the right time to become a citizen,” he said.

Congratulations to Ajay, Neelam, Seerat and Glen and fellow new citizens Simon Roderic, Jessica Hadley and Mary Robson.

They each received a certificate and a native plant to mark the occasion.

Mount Alexander Shire has welcomed 13 new Australian citizens this year. They have come from the Russian Federation, Vietnam, New Zealand, Thailand, United Kingdom, India, United States and China.


Image: Uncle Rick Nelson, Council CEO Darren Fuzzard, Neelam Kumari, Seerat, Ajay Kumar and Mayor Bronwen Machin at the ceremony.


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