Adelaide Hills Council to move ceremonies away from 26 January
Adelaide Hills Council last night resolved to not conduct citizenship ceremonies, confer awards or support events on 26 January from now onwards.
Mayor Jan-Claire Wisdom said that the decision recognised the difficulties of the 26 January for First Nations Peoples.
The Council’s consideration of the matter began with a resolution in January to engage with key stakeholders so Council Members could better understand the opportunities and impacts of change.
The Council will abide by the Australian Citizenship Ceremonies Code by holding a citizenship ceremony within three days either side of 26 January and will now work with community organisations to plan alternative dates for local celebrations and award ceremonies.
Adelaide Hills Council typically holds four citizenship ceremonies each year and candidates can choose which one they wish to attend. In urgent circumstances citizenship can be conferred privately at Council offices. Citizens receiving Civic Awards have also been able to elect another date and community event to receive their award for a number of years.