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As part of the anniversary of the renaming of the Nationality and Citizenship Act 1948 to the Australian Citizenship Act 1948, six people were sworn in as Aussies at Moree Plains Shire Council on Thursday 14 September 2017.


Hosting a citizenship ceremony is one of the key highlights for Cr Katrina Humphries in her role as Mayor and she welcomed the new Australian’s who hail from India, South Africa, United Kingdom and Vietnam.


“I am very proud to welcome you all to Moree Plains and into our rich and diverse community,” she said.


“Today’s ceremony is an important opportunity for all Australians, whether they are citizens by birth or by pledge, to come together to acknowledge what’s great about Australia and being Australian,” said the Mayor.


Australian Citizenship Day is celebrated annually on 17 September. It provides a great opportunity for all Australians to take pride in their citizenship and to reflect on the meaning and importance of being Australian.


The Mayor presented the conferee’s with copy of the Council’s coffee table book In Plain View and a native tree as symbols of new beginnings, new experiences and for a prosperous, happy and fruitful life in Australia.

Citizenship Ceremony



Photograph: (rear l-r) Grant Van Rooyen, Vasif Abdul Latheef, General Manager Lester Rodgers, Mayor Cr Katrina Humphries, Aila and Sandy Erlank, Jimmy and Jennifer Erlank, and Xuan Nguyen.







Works will commence next week on the ground floor of the Moree Community Library from Wednesday 13 September 2017. It is anticipated that library services will be affected until Saturday 7 October 2017, unless delays are encountered obtaining materials for the works.

The works are funded by the NSW State Library on behalf of the NSW Government as part of the Public Library Infrastructure Grant program which will allocate $15 million over four years to enhance library services and facilities across New South Wales.

The works include the development of vibrant and accessible places and spaces within the Moree Community Library including improved access to the lift, new circulation desk, redesigned floor layout and new shelving arrangements for the collection.

For users of the Moree Community Library:

  • The ground floor of the Moree Community Library will be closed to the public from next Wednesday 13 September 2017.
  • Access to the first floor will be available via stairs only as the lift area will be affected by the works.

Access to the following collections will be available but limited including:

  • Picture books

  • Large print

  • Audio books

  • DvD's

  • Junior fiction

  • Storytime and Baby Bounce programs will be postponed until after the school holidays; likely to recommence the week of Monday 16 October.

  • Loans can still be made from the customer service desk temporarily located on the first floor and returns will still be accepted during this period.

  • Public computer access will be reduced to those PCs available on the first floor. Access to wifi will still be available.

  • Online services remain available via Big Sky Library’s website including ebooks, emagazines, eaudio and online databases.

  • Opening hours will otherwise be as normal except the Library will be closed on Saturdays during the works and not open late on Wednesdays.

Closure hours

  • Monday: 10am-5pm
  • Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9.30am-5pm
  • Wednesday: 10am-5pm
  • Saturday: Closed

Regional Library Manager Sally Walters said the library was continually evolving to meet the needs of the community.

“We’re excited to be able to continue on this journey with assistance from this grant,” Ms Walters said.

“A modern library service consists not only of books on shelves; it also provides access to vibrant and engaging spaces for people.

“This funding will enable the library to develop collaborative study spaces, an e-zone, a new customer service desk and flexible floor space within the library.”

General Manager, Mr Lester Rodgers said, “This is a great opportunity for Moree Community Library and I thank our community members in advance for their patience during the works period.”



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