Citizenship ceremony biggest yet

Pictured at left: DCM mayor, Duncan Kennington (third from left back row) with new Australian citizens, from front left, Tamara Hutiuk, Justin Galin, Roberto Marquez, Liam Heeley, Keyan de Wet, Ruan De Wet (back) Elena Quattrocchi, Jerald Galin, Mohammad Saadat Marasht, Anita de Wet, and Anton de Wet.
Pictured at left: DCM mayor, Duncan Kennington (third from left back row) with new Australian citizens, from front left, Tamara Hutiuk, Justin Galin, Roberto Marquez, Liam Heeley, Keyan de Wet, Ruan De Wet (back) Elena Quattrocchi, Jerald Galin, Mohammad Saadat Marasht, Anita de Wet, and Anton de Wet.

One of the largest new citizenship ceremonies for the district in almost 30 years was held at Mallala on Friday March 21.

The District Council of Mallala ceremony, conducted by mayor Duncan Kennington, saw 11 people sworn in as new Australian citizens.

According to DCM community development officer, Lynette Seccafien, it was the largest group of new citizens at one time for the council area in almost 30 years.

“Generally we average around 12 new citizens each year,” Lynette said.

“Today (March 21) was 11 in one day!

“According to my records, the largest ceremony we have had is 11 on Australia Day in 1985.”

Ten local residents, hailing from around the globe, including the Ukraine, South Africa, Iran and the United Kingdom, all made the pledge and became official Australian citizens.

One Salisbury resident was also conferred as a new citizen at the ceremony.

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