By Jessica Micallef
Nineteen Macedon Ranges residents will take the oath to become Australian citizens during Australia Day celebrations on Saturday.
This year marks 70 years since Australian citizenship was introduced into law.
Residents taking the oath this year include those from the UK, Netherlands, New Zealand, Germany and Switzerland.
Macedon Ranges will hold an Australia Day awards and citizenship ceremony at 10.30am at the Kyneton Mechanics Institute.
Mayor Janet Pearce will host the event with special guest and Australia Day shire ambassador Stefan Romaniw.
Awards for the Macedon Ranges Citizen, Young Citizen, Community Achievement, Community Event and Art Ambassador of the year will also be presented.
Festivities will include a flag parade and barbecue in Woodend, a free breakfast in Kyneton and free entry to Lancefield and Woodend outdoor pools.
Gisborne Australia Day festivities, at the John Aitken Reserve, will include a Welcome to Country ceremony, flag pageant and raising ceremony, live music, games, trivia and brunch served by CFA members.
For more information on Australia Day events around the Macedon Ranges, visit www.mrsc.vic.gov.au