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Council welcomes new Australian citizens

New citizen Marie Goodhall, at a recent citizenship celebration, pictured with a native plant.

Meet Marie, as one of seven new Australian citizens in Mount Alexander Shire.

Monday 24 May 2021

Mount Alexander Shire Council is pleased to welcome seven new Australian citizens to the shire.

Mayor of Mount Alexander Shire Tony Cordy led the citizenship ceremony at the Civic
Centre on Friday 21 May.

Local Aboriginal elder Uncle Rick Nelson provided a Welcome to Country and an individual
welcome for each new citizen to keep them safe on country.

Australian citizenship is an important step in the migration story and becoming an Australian
citizen means making an ongoing commitment to Australia.

“It’s a lengthy process to become an Australian citizen and I congratulate each of our new
residents on their journey to become an Australian citizen,” said Mayor Cordy.

“We are very proud of our creative and connected community here and are pleased our new
citizens have chosen Mount Alexander Shire as their home,” he said.

The new citizens hale from France, Malaysia, the Irish Republic, the United Kingdom and the
United States.

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

New citizen Marie Goodhall, originally from Somerset, England, said she was excited to be
part of the day’s celebrations.

“I’ve been in Australia nine years, almost to the day, so to now have the privilege of being
able to vote and take part in the direction of the country is something that I’m really looking
forward to,” said Ms Goodhall.

“Meeting local Aboriginal elder Uncle Rick Nelson at the citizenship ceremony has been
wonderful, and the support from my friends on my journey to becoming an Australian citizen
has been amazing too.”

Mount Alexander Shire also welcomed four new Australian citizens earlier this year at a
special citizenship ceremony at Victory Park on Australia Day.

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