Kingborough Council will change the date of its 26 January Citizenship Ceremonies from 2024 onwards.
Kingborough Mayor, Paula Wriedt said this was a positive and inclusive move for Council and the community.
“Relocating the date for January Citizenship Ceremonies will help alleviate concerns associated with holding Citizenship Ceremonies on the 26 January every year,” Cr Wriedt said.
“This date has become controversial, with many Australians concerned about
celebrating Australia Day on 26 January, which is also identified as a day of mourning and invasion by many Australians.
“Following the amendment to the Australian Citizenship Ceremonies Code, several councils have moved to change the date of their January citizenship ceremony, including City of Hobart, Glenorchy and Huon Valley.
“I think it is incumbent on our Council to consider what is in the best interest of all our community.
“We all recognise that there is community distress surrounding Australia Day and its differing meaning for many.
“By choosing to hold the Citizenship Ceremonies on another day other than 26 January, we are alleviating any distress that some community members may feel either by attending or by participating in them.
“The changes will take place commencing in 2024, with the ceremony to be held either on the 23, 24, 25, 27, 28 or 29 January.”