City welcomes hundreds into Aussie family



More than 700 people are expected to attend the City of Joondalup’s 2018 Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony at Central Park, Joondalup on Friday 26 January.

Candidates born in countries including Brazil, Israel, Paraguay, Poland, Romania, South Africa, the United Kingdom and Zambia will pledge their allegiance to Australia in front of hundreds of their family and friends in a spectacular outdoor ceremony.

Australia Day Ambassador Adam Deans will deliver the ceremony’s keynote address and Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob will present the 2018 Community Citizen of the Year Awards to active members of the local community.

A Welcome to Country will also be delivered by Shaun Nannup.

Mayor Jacob said about 40 per cent of the City’s 161,000 residents were born overseas and for many of them the decision to relocate to Australia was life-changing.

He said the City’s annual Australia Day ceremony was a particularly moving occasion for those involved and something they would look back on fondly for the rest of their lives.

“Our City swears in about 1500 new Australians at citizenship ceremonies each year, but there is always something extra special for candidates being granted citizenship on Australia’s national day,” he said.

Mayor Jacob congratulated the City’s more than 300 soon-to-be Australians on choosing the City of Joondalup as their new home.

“With an enviable coastal location and around 300 days of sunshine each year, they could not have picked a better place to begin this new chapter in their lives,” he said.