Hume City welcomes 70 new citizens on the 70th Anniversary of Australian Citizenship and recognises our Australia Day Award winners!

Welcoming Hume City’s newest citizens and recognising community achievers marked Hume City Council’s Australia Day commemorations at the Hume Global Learning Centre – Craigieburn today.

Mayor of Hume City, Cr Carly Moore said it was an honour and very fitting to welcome 70 of the City’s newest Australian citizens on the 70th Anniversary of Australian Citizenship becoming law. 

“Our residents come from more than 156 countries and speak just as many different languages,” Cr Moore said.  

“In Hume, we embrace the many languages and cultures that combine to form our community and it is always a privilege to welcome new Australian citizens at our Citizenship ceremonies.

“The 2019 Australia Day Award presentations recognise people who have made a significant contribution to the community and on behalf of the entire community, I congratulate Citizen of the Year - Val Price, Young Citizen of The Year - Stephanie Challis and Community Event of Year – the Sunbury Agricultural Show. 

“Our 2019 Citizen of the Year, Val Price has been a Craigieburn resident since 1974, and in that time Val has been an active part of the Craigieburn Primary School, the Craigieburn Netball Association, Craigieburn Little Athletics and Hume’s Relay for Life, just to name a few.”

“A dedicated community member all round, Val has also participated in re-vegetation activities along Aitken Creek, has been involved in 121 Park Runs, and is a regular blood donor, all while selflessly supporting her own family.

Stephanie Challis, our Young Citizen of the Year, is a remarkable young woman who has been recognised for her involvement with Distinctive Options since 2012.

“A strong advocate for people with mobility difficulties, Stephanie is a voice and champion for access and inclusion and is recognised and highly respected within the local community for her efforts, determination and friendly face.

“Celebrating its 98th year, the Sunbury Agricultural Show has been awarded our Community Event of Year award.

“In 2018, approximately 13,000 visitors attended this long-running and much-loved community event, which attracted more than 1300 entries to the arts and crafts section and more than 2000 entries to pavilion events.

“The quality of the nominations for the 2019 Australia Day Awards was exceptional and the judging panel had a difficult task selecting just three winners, so I would also like to thank all of our nominees for their contributions to our community.”   

For further information about Hume’s Australia Day Awards, visit:

Posted on 1:20 AM, 26 January 2019

Updated : 10:36 AM, 29 January 2019

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