More than 120 new citizens make The Hills home

WELCOMED: Hills mayor Yvonne Keane welcomes South African family Laura and Justin Holfeld and their children Olivia and Tyler to the Rouse Hill community.

WELCOMED: Hills mayor Yvonne Keane welcomes South African family Laura and Justin Holfeld and their children Olivia and Tyler to the Rouse Hill community.

More than 120 new Australian citizens will now call The Hills home.

A Citizenship Ceremony hosted by The Hills Council welcomed the 122 new citizens to the shire late last month.

The Hills mayor Yvonne Keane said the ceremony provided an opportunity to reflect on the importance of citizenship as a “unifying bond, strengthening the local Hills community”.

“Citizenship Ceremonies, conducted by council on behalf of the Australian Government, are a time for us to congratulate our newest citizens and welcome them into to The Hills family,” Cr Keane said.

“I encourage the community to warmly welcome our newest Australian citizens and reflect on our commitment to make Australia an even better place for future generations.”

The residents making the pledge to become Australian citizens are originally from more than 25 countries.

“We have new citizens from right across the globe, including India, Iran, China,and Spain who have chosen The Hills as their home,” Cr Keane said.

“The Hills is a wonderful melting pot of cultures and we welcome our newest Australian citizens who have come from around the world to add further to the wonderful vibrancy of our region.”

The new Australians in The Hills joined more than five million others who have chosen to become Australian citizens since the first citizenship ceremony in 1949.

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