Mayor Angelo Tsirekas

Mayor’s Welcome

Our city is a wonderful place, thanks to its vibrancy, diversity and sense of community.  There are many aspects of our community that contribute to making it a prime place to live, work and play – beautiful parks, quality sporting facilities, stunning waterways, vibrant shopping precincts and dining quarters.

Most importantly, Canada Bay is defined by its active, passionate and caring community – active local organisations, individuals and groups that are passionate about our area.

The City of Canada Bay is home to over 80,000 people and we are committed to providing our residents with up to date, relevant information and services to help make local matters easier to navigate.

Our website has been designed and developed with our community in mind. We want to ensure that it contains up to date information that is relevant to you and your family, and that it provides you with what you are looking for about our services and city.

We welcome your comments and feedback on our website so we can continue to improve it. Please contact us by email or phone on 9911 6555.

Mayor Angelo Tsirekas
City of Canada Bay

Mayoral Minutes

Council Meetings and Minutes

Minutes are available once confirmed by Council. Please refer to the Council meetings page for a copy of the Council meeting agendas.

Mayoral Minutes

Mayoral Events

There are a number of events throughout the calendar year (dates and further information below).

  • Australia Day - 26 January
  • ANZAC Day - 25 April
  • Sustainability Awards
  • Mayor’s Golf Day
  • Mayor’s Volunteer’s morning tea
Citizens of the Year

Our yearly Citizen of the Year awards offer the perfect opportunity for us to salute and reward those residents who work hard supporting our local community while achieving success in their chosen fields.

Nominations for our 2019 Citizen of the Year awards are now open. To nominate your local hero, click here. Nominations close on 22 November 2019.

Our 2018 Citizen of the Year awards were awarded on Australia Day 2019, across four categories, including: Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Sports Citizen of the Year and Arts & Culture Citizen of the Year.

Our 2018 Citizen of the Year award recipients were:

Citizen of the Year 2018 - Joseph Assaf

After migrating to Australia from Lebanon in 1967, Joseph established the world’s first multicultural communication agency, becoming the pioneer of communicating with diversity. 

Joseph is the founder and chairman of the Ethnic Business Awards. Established in 1988, this is the longest serving national business awards program. These awards celebrate diversity and multiculturalism, and achievements of migrants who made Australia home. Late last year the Ethnic Business Awards celebrated its 30th anniversary which was filmed by SBS. 

Joseph has served on many boards, councils and committees and is the recipient of many awards and recognitions including:

•             Member of the Order of Australia (AM) 2010

•             Lifetime achievement awards from the Migration Council of Australia

•             Office of the Order of Australia (AO) 2018.

Joseph has been a resident of Drummoyne for over 30 years where he lives with his wife Angela and three sons.

Young Citizen - Daniel Kordy

Daniel is an active City of Canada Bay resident living in Concord who, despite having significant health challenges, is passionately involved in Let’s Get Going, a mentoring program for young adults who are physically or intellectually challenged, based in Five Dock.

Within this setting, Daniel is a natural leader amongst his peers. He was very active during 2018 Men’s Health Week and visited LuLu Lemon to help his male peers select training attire. He has also spoken on behalf of Let’s Get Going at fundraising functions.

Among his involvement with Let’s Get Going, Daniel attends weekly classes at Dancing Hearts in Concord and demonstrates his basketball skills every Monday afternoon at PCYC.

Sports Citizen 2018 - Franco Parisi

At age 17, local Drummoyne resident Franco attended the Football Federation Australia Talent Identification and Development program based at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. He then spent six months at Italian giants ‘AC Milan’ and a further six months in England with ‘Tottenham Hotspur’.

Following these opportunities Franco then played seasons for Sydney Olympic, Telstar and Newcastle Jets. He was also a member of the 2004 ‘Olyroos’ summer Olympic Games team.

The local football community is enriched by the passion, generous mentoring and positive influence Franco Parisi gives to his club, fellow players and to the juniors he has coached over the years.

Arts & Culture Citizen 2018 - Wendy Schmid – The Embroiderer’s Guild

President of The Embroiderers' Guild NSW, Wendy has led by example and worked tirelessly to bring the art of embroidery into the community. Under her the Guild has extended its work with children, refugee groups, distance learning and integration in the community including other cultural and artistic groups.  Wendy has also led Exhibition and Education Programmes for the Guild.

Through the Guild Wendy has also been involved with Afghani refugees and enjoyed visits with them at Auburn and Guildford.  They have also visited the Guild at Concord West for a day of traditional Afghani stitching.

Citizen of the Year honour board

Year

Citizen

Young Citizen

Sports

Arts and Culture

2002

Lance Brooks

Sarah Hanania

Mark Byrnes

Keith Cowen

2003

Dr Bruce Menzies

 

Ante Milicic

Frank Marjason

2004

Jack Nolan OAM

 

Michael McCann

Lois Michael

2005

Betty Robertson OAM

 

John Hahn

Dr Eric Gross AM

2006

Ron Yeo OAM

Eric Knight

Declan Stacey

Ern McQuillan

2007

Justine Perkins

Kaiya Robertson and Joshua Heard

Craig Parry

Mirvac

2008

Alan Wright OAM

Patrick Massarani

Bradley Zalloua

Ashley Wing

2009

Warwick Williams

Vishaal Sharma

Carla Blancato

Terry Robinson

2010

Joe Di Giacomo

Chantelle Hayek

Alyssa Healy

Clare Hooper

2011

Mervyn Spencer

Bronwyn Poole

Olivia Price

Lydia Burjan

2012

Terry 'Tiger' Jones

Daniel Castagnoli 

Gerard Price 

Rusty Priest AM

2013 

Professor Robert Lusby 

Rosie O'Halloran 

Drummoyne U14 Girls Water Polo Team 

Kathryn Zerk 

2014

Marie Piccin

Melissa McKeon

John Coates AC

Yuehan Zhang

2015

Michael Hahn

Aly (Carmelein) Fernandez

Maximilian Brenner

Chris Castledine

2016

Jeanette O'Hara

Rose Cox

Tyler Martin

Brian Simmons

2017

Alice Kang

James King

Abbotsford Juniors Football Club U18s

Concord Garden Club

2018

Joseph Assaf

Daniel Kordy

Franco Parisi

Wendy Schmid

Citizenship

Aboriginal and Australian Flags

Becoming a citizen represents a commitment to Australia and its people. It gives a sense of belonging as you fully participate in all aspects of Australian life and means that you are making an ongoing commitment to Australia and all that this country stands for. 

The final step in the journey to become an Australian citizen is to make the Australian Citizenship Pledge at an Australian citizenship ceremony. Once an application for citizenship has been approved you are invited to attend a ceremony, where you make the Australian Citizenship Pledge. Ceremonies are arranged by City of Canada Bay around six months after application approved. A letter of invitation is sent by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Citizenship ceremonies are special events. They fulfil requirements under Australian citizenship law. They also provide an important opportunity to officially welcome new citizens as full members of the Australian community.

For more information about becoming an Australian citizen visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website or contact them on 131 880.

Important information

  • Council holds names of those attending an upcoming ceremony only, approximately three weeks prior to the date of the ceremony
  • Council holds 11-12 ceremonies per year (dates are subject to change)
  • Wait times from receiving your letter to being assigned to a Ceremony is approximately six (6) months
  • Council does not issue invitations to ceremonies, that is handled by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection
  • All confirmations regarding attendance to ceremonies must be made to the Mayor's Office on 9911 6503
  • Ceremonies are held at The Connection, 30 Shoreline Drive (cnr Gauthorpe Street) Rhodes, unless otherwise stated on the invitations sent by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection
  • Ceremonies are by invitation only and not open to the public (due to seating limitations)
  • The dress code for Ceremonies is smart casual
  • Ceremonies usually last an hour from 6:30 to 7:30pm
  • Children are welcome
  • If a child receiving a Citizenship Certificate is under the age of 16, they are not obliged to attend the ceremony. The parents can collect the Certificate on their behalf.
  • All grantees must stay for the duration of the Ceremony and not leave prior to its conclusion and singing of the National Anthem
  • Grantees are requested to arrive approximately 30 minutes prior to the start of  proceedings as the Ceremony begins at 6:30pm sharp and an enrolment form must be completed prior to commencement of the ceremony
  • Latecomers will not be able to receive their Certificate and must contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to arrange an alternative ceremony date
  • If you are unable to attend your assigned ceremony, you will be reassigned to a ceremony at a later date by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Please note, City of Canada Bay has no role in the processing or determination of citizenship applications or holding of citizenship tests. For enquiries or information on the status of your application, allocation to ceremony dates, the need for urgent citizenship ceremonies, or to download an application kit, contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection by telephoning the Citizenship Information Line on 131 880 or visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.

Contact the Mayor

My office doors are always open to members of the community who would like a chat about a local issue. Get in touch with me via phone: 9911 6503 or email: angelo.tsirekas@canadabay.nsw.gov.au.