Australia Day was a cause for great celebration in the City of Boroondara as we welcomed our newest citizens and recognised those in our community who have made great contributions over many years.

During the citizenship ceremony, we welcomed 135 new citizens to Boroondara from 26 countries.

The fact they have chosen to join us as new citizens of Australia and new citizens of Boroondara is cause for celebration.  Equally important and worthy of celebration is the contribution each of them will make to the cultural diversity of our city.

Our residents come from 158 different countries and almost a quarter of the Boroondara population speaks a language other than English at home.  It is through welcoming new citizens, as we did yesterday, that we will continue to add to that diversity.

We also celebrated some amazing contributions from our current citizens.

Environmental advocate Carolyn Ingvarson was named Boroondara’s Citizen of the Year for her passionate advocacy for strong action on climate change.

Sixteen-year-old Kathleen Hanson was named Young Citizen of the Year for her work in raising funds for cancer research, for her work with our elderly citizens, for encouraging young people to get involved in sport and for her environmental work.

Debbie McColl-Davis was named Volunteer of the Year for her work with many community groups, most notably her impressive 28-year record of commitment to the Kew Festival.

We also celebrated the opening of our new civic space on the corner of Burwood and Glenferrie Roads in Hawthorn.

This new space has been created to provide a vibrant, multi-use outdoor civic space on the doorstep of the Hawthorn Arts Centre.

It will provide the community with a place to meet and rest in our busy urban environment and will become a vital relaxation spot for shoppers visiting the busy Glenferrie Road shopping precinct.

Please take the time to visit this new space in the surrounds of our beautiful Hawthorn Arts Centre.

With best wishes,

Councillor Jim Parke Mayor of Boroondara

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