Australia Day fun, formalities

Albury will welcome its newest citizens as part of Australia Day celebrations on Friday. Forty new arrivals from countries as diverse as Bhutan, the United Kingdom and Sri Lanka will become Australian citizens in a formal citizenship ceremony at Noreuil Park.

In a first for Albury, all of the ceremonies on Friday’s Australia Day program will be translated into Auslan to recognise the city’s warm welcome to athletes and families taking part in the Deaf Games.

AlburyCity Mayor Kevin Mack said Australia Day was an opportunity to reflect on the privilege of Australian citizenship and what it means to be Australian.“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,” he said.

The formal celebrations at Noreuil Park will begin with a Welcome to Country at 10am, followed by a welcome to Deaf Games participants, the Australian citizenship ceremony, the announcement of the Albury Awards recipients and at 1pm, the First Nations Touch Football Challenge.

A live band will play from 11.30am to 1pm and there’ll be jumping castles, face painting and art and craft for the children.

“This will be a great day to not only celebrate being Australian, but also to reflect on how lucky we are to live in the fantastic community of Albury-Wodonga,” Cr Mack said.

“I urge everyone to come down to Noreuil Park on the banks of our beautiful Murray River for what will be a terrific family day of formalities and fun.”