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18 September 2019:

CGRC reflects on Australian Citizenship Day 2019

 Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council (CGRC) welcomed two new citizens at an Australian citizenship ceremony on Friday 6 September 2019.

 CGRC mayor Cr Abb McAlister said the ceremony was an opportunity for all Australians, whether they are citizens by birth or by choice, to come together to acknowledge what’s great about being Australian.

“There is no greater privilege than our citizenship. It’s a life-long commitment to Australia’s values of freedom, democracy, equality and respect,” Cr McAlister said.

 This year on Australian Citizenship Day, we are set to welcome the largest number of new citizens nationally since the inaugural Australian Citizenship Day in 2001.

 “We are a thriving multicultural community,” Cr McAlister said.

 “Each year we are privileged to welcome new Australians to our growing team as part of Australian Citizenship Day celebrations.” Cr McAlister said.

 The Department of Home Affairs and local councils will be hosting 150 ceremonies across the country with more than 8000 people expected to become Australian citizens as part of this special occasion.

 “We are proud to welcome Pooja Singla and Humaira Tabassum to our region,” Cr McAlister added.

 Mrs Tabassum, is a registered nurse, currently employed at the Cootamundra Nursing Home. Originally from Bangladesh Mrs Tabassum and her husband moved from Sydney and have made Cootamundra their home along with their five year old daughter.

 “I really appreciate the Australian Government granting my citizenship, and I look forward to participating and making a contribution to Australia,” Mrs Tabassum said.

 Pooja Singla, came to Australia in 2010 from India, Pooja is a dentist, with a practice in Cooper Street Cootamundra, married with a five year old daughter Pooja and her husband made Cootamundra their home in 2016.

Australian Citizenship Day provides an occasion for individuals, schools, community groups and organisations to reflect on the values of Australian citizenship and the contributions of citizens to our local communities.

Picture and caption:

Cootamundra welcomed Pooja Singla (left) and Humaira Tabassum as new Australian citizenships at a ceremony held on Friday 6 September. CGRC mayor Cr Abb McAlister presented both ladies with citizenship certificates.