New Australian citizens welcomed in Noosa. L-R Ruth Walsh, Brian Walsh. Front row - Sinead Walsh, Liam Walsh, Katie Walsh.
New Australian citizens welcomed in Noosa. L-R Ruth Walsh, Brian Walsh. Front row - Sinead Walsh, Liam Walsh, Katie Walsh.

22 new Aussies embark on ‘exciting’ Coast journey

Noosa welcomed 22 new Australians to the region on Tuesday in three intimate COVID-19 safe citizen ceremonies.

Citizens from UK, Ireland, Trinidad and Tobago, Czech Republic, Sweden, Zimbabwe, Portugal, France, and Netherlands made their pledge in three separate ceremonies on August 4.

New citizens take their pledge.
New citizens take their pledge.

Presiding officer, Noosa Mayor Clare Stewart, welcomed the new residents at the Tewantin administration building.

David and Brita Challen - David is originally from the UK and Brita from Netherlands.
David and Brita Challen - David is originally from the UK and Brita from Netherlands.

Antonio Alessandro Isolano from Zimbabwe.
Antonio Alessandro Isolano from Zimbabwe.

Cr Stewart said it was a privilege to be part of such an important moment for these residents.

“It’s such a pleasure to be part of their pledge to become new Australians,” she said.

“You can really sense the importance of the occasion and how much it means to them, which is quite inspiring.”

Anna Josefine Bergsten from Sweden.
Anna Josefine Bergsten from Sweden.

Originally from Sweden, Anna Josefine Bergsten was over the moon to now be recognised as an Australian.

“I met my husband while backpacking seven years ago and it’s so exciting and quite emotional to finally become an Australian citizen,” Mrs Bergsten said.

Douglas Michael Long from the United States.
Douglas Michael Long from the United States.