MIL-OSI Australia: Wanneroo set to host nation’s biggest citizenship ceremony on Australia Day

Source: Government of Western Australia

The City of Wanneroo will once again host the largest citizenship ceremony in the country on Australia Day, with almost 800 people set to make the pledge.

Almost 3000 people will attend the ceremony at the Wanneroo Showgrounds on 26 January, including 785 new citizens from 63 different countries and their guests.

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said she was proud the City of Wanneroo was again hosting the largest ceremony, especially in a milestone year.

“This year marks the 70th anniversary since Australian citizenship was introduced into law, creating for the first time a legal status of being uniquely Australian,” Mayor Roberts said.

“The City of Wanneroo is such a culturally diverse place, with 41 per cent of our 210,000 residents born overseas.

“I know how much this means to those who are becoming Australian citizens, and it always seems to be even more special on Australia Day.”

New citizens and their guests will start the day with a barbeque breakfast, before being entertained with music by Challenge Brass Band and singer Bindhu.

Mayor Roberts will present the City of Wanneroo Australia Day Awards to local community members who have made an outstanding contribution to the community, and Richard Walley OAM will perform the Welcome to Country.

Adrian Barich will emcee the ceremony and inspirational Rishelle Hume AM, 2016 Aboriginal Person of the Year, will be guest speaker.

Landsdale resident Ngoc Do is thrilled to officially become an Aussie, along with his two children Lucas (7) and Philip (5).

Originating from Hai Phong in northern Vietnam, Mr Do left his home country as an 18 yearold to live in New Zealand and England before settling in Perth. “We love Landsdale,” Mr Do said. “Our family are very proud to become part of Australia. It feels so good.

“We feel very lucky.”

The northern coastal suburb of Jindalee is a long way from Venezuela. 

But for Patricia Castellano Chan the proximity to the beach and the fact that everything is brand new are just some of the things she loves about the City of Wanneroo suburb her family now call home.

Mrs Castellano Chan moved to Australia six years ago with her husband, and is looking forward to joining her four-year-old daughter as a fellow Aussie.

This will be the sixth year in a row that the City of Wanneroo has hosted the largest ceremony in Australia on our national day.

“As the largest growing local government in Western Australia it is great to see so many people choosing to make the City of Wanneroo their home,” Mayor Roberts said.

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MIL-OSI Australia: New walk trail open in Wellington National Park

Source: Government of Western Australia

A new world-class walk trail has been opened in Wellington National Park, near Collie, as part of the McGowan Government’s commitment to improve visitor facilities in the Collie-Preston area.

The new 20 kilometre Wiilman Bilya Trail stretches from Wellington Dam north to the Coalfields Highway, winding through magnificent blackbutt, open jarrah forest and past granite outcrops.

Bushwalkers can expect a full day walk in either direction, with the option to camp overnight at Nyingarn campsite or at Potters Gorge.

The name Wiilman Bilya pays tribute to the traditional Noongar group, Wiilman, with Bilya being the Noongar word for river. The Wiilman people have a strong cultural connection to this area.

The $320,000 walk trail was funded by the State Government through the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and Royalties for Regions.

Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:

“The McGowan Government recognises the value of Western Australia’s national parks and reserves, and is committed to making these accessible to visitors for generations to come.

“In addition to the Wiilman Bilya Trail, in the past year, we have supported the completion of several trail projects in the South-West, including a nine kilometre mountain bike trail in the nearby Arklow forest block near Collie; an 11.5 kilometre mountain bike trail and a 2.5 kilometre walk trail in Wooditjup National Park near Margaret River; and three 5.5 kilometre mountain bike trails in Lane Poole Reserve near Dwellingup.

“The proposed expansion of Wellington National Park is also expected to improve and expand tourism and recreation opportunities, with public consultation currently underway on this proposal.”

Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister and Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray:

“We want to encourage Western Australians to get active and make the most of the great outdoors, and the provision of walk trails is an ideal way for people to immerse themselves in nature.

“During the past 10 years visitation to Wellington National Park has increased substantially, reaching more than 315,000 visits in the 2017-18 financial year.

“We are confident that the development of the Wiilman Bilya Trail will attract even more people to the park and help stimulate tourism growth in the Collie area.”

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MIL-OSI Australia: Grief and Emotional Support Services

Source: Government of Western Australia

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