Australia Day 2018: Ryde’s Citizenship Ceremony

Singing the Australian National Anthem at the North Ryde Community Hall ceremony are Clr Chris Moujalli, Clr Jordan Lane, Clr Penny Pedersen, Deputy Mayor Christopher Gordon, Mayor Jerome Laxale, Clr Roy Maggio, City Of Ryde Australia Day Ambassador Sonia Sadiq Gandhi, Ryde MP Victor Dominello and Bennelong MP, John Alexander.

Fifty Ryde residents from 20 countries received Australian citizenship at Ryde’s Australia Day ceremony in North Ryde School of Arts Community Hall and the Salvation Army Community Home Team Leader Nathan Moulds was named Citizen of the Year and State Emergency Services volunteer Rhett Prado Young Citizen of the Year. 

Nathan Moulds has fought hard for elderly and other residents recently evicted from North Ryde’s Ivanhoe housing estate to make way for a high rise development – and his award speech praised them for being “courageous and amazing” neighbours at the Estate. 

Rhett Prado spoke of his childhood memories of the 1989 Newcastle earthquake and how the sacrifice of Newcastle’s emergency workers inspired him to join the SES.

Aboriginal elder Uncle Greg spoke about Australia’s indigenous heritage while City of Ryde Mayor Jerome Laxale congratulated Australia Day award nominees Rhett Prado, Nathan Moulds, Julie Hill, Joanne Taranto and Corina Seeto.

Alexander Chorley was represented by his father. RYDE LAC Inspector Pat Sharkey took the salute alongside councillors while 50 new citizens from 20 countries pledged their allegiance to Australia.

Ryde Ambassador Sonia Gandhi

City of Ryde Australia Day Ambassador Sonia Gandhi spoke about her early years as a BP service station attendant and spice shop manager after she came to Australia from India.

Australia Day ceremony guests also heard Mayor Jerome Laxale describe the City of Ryde as “a community of friendship, hard work and honesty” while Bennelong MP John Alexander paid tribute to local Aboriginal leader Bennelong, who befriended the First Fleet.

Dominello’s surprise revelation about his heritage

In a surprise announcement, Ryde MP Victor Dominello said a recent DNA test revealed that he is not as “Italo-Australian” as he thought he was. “I am only three quarters Italian and I am twelve per cent Armenian,” he said