Celebrate our great south land!

Residents are invited to celebrate what they love about Australia at Hume City Council’s 2016 Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony.

The special event will take place on Tuesday 26 January 2016 between 9am and 11am, at Broadmeadows Town Hall.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, said she would be thrilled to announce the winners of Hume’s Australia Day awards.

“Many residents give up their time to help others in our community, and Hume’s Australia Day awards will highlight the efforts of people who undertake selfless acts,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“We will present three awards at the ceremony, being the accolades for Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, and Community Event of the Year.

“I encourage everyone to come along and hear about those who have done so much to make Hume a better place, often without any wish for recognition.”

Australia Day commemorates the time in 1788 when Europeans formally landed at Sydney Cove, more than 40,000 years after indigenous people had settled on the continent.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said Hume’s ceremony would bestow citizenship on a total of 150 people.

“It’s always a special moment when a person affirms their loyalty to Australia and becomes an Australian citizen,” she said.

“Hume has benefited enormously from people who have arrived from overseas and established their homes and businesses in our community.

“While citizenship bonds a recipient to this beautiful country, it also confers the right to vote at Australian elections, and the right to an Australian passport.

“More than four and a half million people have chosen to become Australian citizens in the past 67 years, and the story of this country is inextricably linked to the story of our immigrants.

“While every citizen enjoys their own views and ways of life, we are all connected by a promise that rightfully fills so many with pride: we are all Australian.”

Hume’s Australia Day ceremony will feature a performance of I Am Australian, by Melbourne singer Nikoll Kaloustian, as well as a Welcome to Country ritual by the Wurundjeri tribe.

Cr Patsikatheodorou called on all residents to celebrate Australia on 26 January 2016.

“The day offers a chance to pause and remember the wonderful things about Australia,” she said.

“This nation continues to offer abundant opportunities to people of all ages, and acts as a tremendous role model to countries in all corners of the world.

“Australians are generous, compassionate, and tolerant, and we believe in the freedom of all peoples.

“These are values that we should not take for granted, as we relax on Australia Day in our great south land, a place which remains the lucky country.”

Hume City Council will offer a free morning tea to all attendees of its Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony.

For further information, call 03 9205 2200.

Posted on 12:00 AM, 13 January 2016

Updated : 10:41 AM, 13 January 2016

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