This week was a big moment for our city as construction started on the Campbelltown Billabong Parklands in Bradbury. This project will create an iconic water recreation park in the heart of our city that will be a meeting place for families and friends as well as a great tourist destination.
The design of the billabong is modelled on the magnificent Dharawal National Park and the Georges River. It's been fantastic to work closely with the Aboriginal community to reflect our Indigenous heritage in the design and I'd like to extend my thanks to everyone who participated in the consultation process.
Feel free to take a look at the updated designs on our website.
Citizenship Ceremonies return
One of my favourite duties as Mayor is to perform citizenship ceremonies which is why I'm delighted we've been able to hold these again under the COVID-19 restrictions by conducting them online.
Last week, we held our first online ceremonies with individuals receiving their citizenship.
My own parents are first generation Aussies, so it fills me with pride to be able to present people in our community with their own citizenship. Our community is a wonderful multicultural success story and I always love hearing the many stories of what brought our new citizens to this great country.
As part of our Campbelltown 2020 program, we'll be installing a yarning circle at Koshigaya Park, the first in the public domain of our city.
I'm really excited about this project. For those who don't know, a yarning circle is an Aboriginal cultural space where people can gather together to build relationships and preserve and pass on cultural knowledge. It's also a space where Aboriginal people and non-Aboriginal people can share a yarn together.
Campbelltown 2020 is a celebration of all our shared histories and I'm really pleased that we're able to honour and respect our Aboriginal heritage as part of that.
Details on our website.