Bass Coast welcomes new Aussies on Australia Day


Bass Coast last week joined regions across the nation in welcoming our newest Australian citizens as part of Australia Day 2018 celebrations.

13 new citizens chose to officially become Australian citizens at the Wonthaggi ceremony, last Friday afternoon.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, explained that new citizens ranged in both age and country of origin.

“We had a beautiful eight year old young man from India and another couple, Virginia and Brian Wheeler, who have lived in Wonthaggi for many years,” Cr Rothfield said. 

“Australia Day is a time for us to give a warm welcome to our newest citizens and acknowledge the importance of what it means to become a full member of the Australian community.” 

Across Australia, almost 13,000 people from around 130 countries are set to become Australian citizens at more than 330 citizenship ceremonies on 26 January.

"Citizenship is the common bond uniting all Australians, whether you are a citizen by birth or by choice," Cr Rothfield said. 

Bass Coast Shire Council hosts four Citizenship ceremonies each year. For more information on becoming an Australian Citizen contact Councillor Support on 03 5671 2211.