33 Hawkesbury residents now officially call Australia home

Macquarie MP Susan Templeman (left) and Hawkesbury deputy mayor, Councillor Mary Lyons-Buckett (right) with the Calvert family during last week's citzenship ceremony.
Macquarie MP Susan Templeman (left) and Hawkesbury deputy mayor, Councillor Mary Lyons-Buckett (right) with the Calvert family during last week's citzenship ceremony.

"Becoming an Australian citizen is a very special occasion in a person's life," said Hawkesbury deputy mayor, Councillor Mary Lyons-Buckett.

Her comments followed a citizenship ceremony held last week at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, in which 33 locals made the pledge to country.

Cr Lyons-Buckett officiated the ceremony, which was also attended by Macquarie MP Susan Templeman and fellow councillors Emma-Jane Garrow, Amanda Kotlash, Sarah Richards (representing Hawkesbury MP Robyn Preston) and Danielle Wheeler.

"It means you are now able to enjoy the opportunities and benefits of being an Australian citizen, congratulations," Cr Lyons-Buckett said during the ceremony.

"It is a great honour to confer Australian citizenship to people who appreciate and respect our values and who want to make Australia their home."

Folk who made the pledge came from a wide range of countries including the Philippines, Vietnam, China, South Africa, Northern Ireland, Sweden, South Korea, Scotland, the United Kingdom, Ghana, Fiji, North Macedonia, Ireland, New Zealand and Denmark.