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This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 45 - April 2014.
At a recent citizenship ceremony held at the Marion Cultural Centre I had the pleasure of being part of an event where we welcomed 105 new Australians from 24 different countries, including India, Japan, Fiji, South Africa and El Salvador.
It’s always an honour to formally welcome people from so many different cultures to our local community and Australia, and this citizenship ceremony was special because it was the biggest we have held.
We work hard to make people from all cultures feel at home in our community and I was very pleased to recently accept, along with Mayor Lewis, the 2013 Governor’s Award for Multiculturalism for our biennial event, Marion Celebrates.
We experience many positive things from diverse cultures, including ideas, language, clothes, food and music. We also learn a lot from other cultures, and I am proud that Marion is a community that embraces people from throughout the world.
Last November, the City of Marion won the Keep Australia Beautiful National Sustainable Cities Award. As well as being the country’s overall winner, we won a range of categories, including Young Legends which featured the Indigenous youth program, Ngaityo Wodli. This engaged young people through environmental themes as well as food, health and culture. Fifty five students learnt about culture, growing and cooking native foods and participated in an organic gardening project. We also won the Heritage and Culture category for highlighting the city’s history and diversity.
You can see our winning Keep Australia Beautiful submission on the Australian Sustainable Cities Award page.
CEO Mark Searle