Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony 2023
Published on 13 January 2023
Mansfield Shire Council invites the community to come together to reflect, respect and celebrate on our National Day at the Citizenship Ceremony being held in Botanic Park on Thursday 26 January. From Australia’s first people, whose ancestors walked on Country for tens of thousands of years, to our newest Australian citizens, we are all part of the Australian story.
It is an opportunity to acknowledge, show respect and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ resilience and enduring culture, as well as acknowledging the contributions made to our community by all of those who have chosen to make Australia their home.
Mayor Cr James Tehan said this year’s celebrations include welcoming new Australians to our community and acknowledging the hard work and dedication of our local achievers through our 2023 Citizen Awards.
“One of the highlights of the day will be our citizenship ceremony where 15 of our community members will become Australian citizens. I look forward to congratulating each of our new citizens who come from far and wide hailing from India, Pakistan, Sweden, Ireland, Canada, Taiwan, Italy, England and the United States on their commitment to Australia” said Mayor Tehan.
The celebrations in Botanic Park will commence at 8.30 am with a free BBQ breakfast thanks to Mansfield Rotary. The official ceremony will begin at 9.00 am and including a speech from our Mayor and Dr Helen Haines MP, a Flag Raising ceremony, Citizenship Ceremony and the announcement of the Mansfield 2023 Australia Day Award winners. Entertainment will be provided by the MAD Orchestra.
The celebrations will continue on Saturday 28 January from 9.00 am – 2.00 pm where Botanic Park will hold ‘Australia Day Weekend Horsepower in The High Country’. A huge Show ‘n Shine from the Delatite Drivers Car Club with all proceeds going to Mansfield Autistic Statewide Services (MASS) alongside a free community event that includes a giant waterslide with pool, jumping castles, face painting, live music from locals Martin Jones, Naturally Kerley and Mansfield icons The Sensor Lights. A range of food and beverage will be available throughout the day.
These events are funded by Mansfield Shire Council, and the National Australia Day Council’s Community Grants Program.
To learn more about Australia Day by visiting www.australiaday.org.au or the events section of Council’s website - mansfield.vic.gov.au/events