Lismore to welcome 23 new citizens on Australia Day

LISMORE will be honouring exceptional citizens as well as welcoming 23 new Australians during the 2016 Australia Day Awards ceremony on Tuesday January 26.

The awards recognise outstanding contributions and achievements by individuals in the community in a variety of categories ranging from sports, arts and the environment to services in the community.

Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell will also welcome 23 new Australians in the annual Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony.

These residents come from countries as diverse as France, Switzerland, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Vietnam, Malaysia, United Kingdom, Brazil, India, Thailand and Canada.

"Our diversity as a community is what makes us so rich," Cr Dowell said.

"It is such a pleasure on Australia Day to give thanks to the people who make our city special and welcome those people who are now lucky enough to call this country home.

"As the Mayor of this city I feel so proud to present these awards and to celebrate the extraordinary community we have."

Cr Dowell will present the awards with 2016 Australia Day Ambassador, Liz Deep-Jones.

Ms Deep-Jones has a long list of credits to her name including television journalist and presenter, author, producer, broadcaster and public speaker.

She first came into the public eye as a presenter on SBS TV's Toyota World Sports and since then has turned her talents to producing television and online programs for SBS.

She has met and secured interviews with prominent personalities including Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama, Geoffrey Robertson QC, Prince Albert of Monaco, Serena Williams and many others. She has also enjoyed success as author of the Lucy Zeezou teen novels.

Mayor Dowell encouraged people to attend the Australia Day Awards ceremony to help welcome new citizens and give thanks to those receiving Australia Day Awards.

The 2016 ceremony is on Tuesday January 26 at Lismore City Hall from 8.30am.

The event is free and light refreshments will be provided.

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