I was pleased last week to attend a citizenship ceremony in Ballarat where another enthusiastic group of new citizens was welcomed into our community. This group included people who have come from five continents, with countries of origin ranging from Russia and the UK to South Africa, Brazil, Brunei, China and India, demonstrating how diverse the Ballarat community is becoming. I was delighted to talk to many of the new citizens after the ceremony and to find that they all spoke highly of their experiences since coming to Ballarat.
I was further encouraged on Saturday night when I attended the Ballarat African Association’s celebration night, an evening where we enjoyed African food and entertainment provided by a range of groups, including the Victoria Police Pipe Band.
Not surprisingly, the night ended with African music and dancing, which was enjoyed by a diverse group of attendees. I congratulate the members of the Ballarat African Association, and I would like to say what a great place Ballarat is and how wonderful our city’s multiculturalism is. I commend the City of Ballarat — —
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