Port Macquarie-Hastings Council is adopting a wait and see approach to citizenship ceremonies.
This follows prime minister Scott Morrison's move to enshrine citizenship ceremonies as part of Australia Day.
Under changes to the Australian Citizenship Ceremonies Code to be introduced in the first half of 2019, councils must hold a second citizenship ceremony on September 17 - Australian Citizenship Day.
Council regularly hosts citizenship ceremonies throughout the year, with many new residents also choosing Australia Day.
Mayor Peta Pinson says council plans to wait until it receives formal advise regarding any proposed changes.
“Council is committed to holding citizenship ceremonies on a regular basis throughout the year and on significant days in the Australian citizenship calendar such as Australia Day," the mayor said.
"Council is yet to receive formal advice regarding proposed changes to the Australian Citizenship Ceremonies Code.
"Once that advice is received we will review to understand what changes, if any, are required in our region.”
There has been some public debate concerning January 26 being the most appropriate date for Australia Day.
Some sections of the community have debated that January 26 is not an appropriate date to "celebrate" because it could be deemed offensive to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders. With some referring to the date as "invasion day".
Mr Morrison's move will likely further confirm January 26 as Australia Day.
Australia Day ceremonies are on Saturday, January 26 at Laurieton, Wauchope and Port Macquarie.
Birpai traditional owner and author John Heath has consistently urged for balance when discussing events that affect European and Aboriginal historical events.
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