I am Australian: Tammi Elsner celebrates becoming an Australian citizen with family members, from left in background, Lottie Elsner, Katie Elsner, Edmund Elsner, Kaleb Graham, Anita Graham and Nathan Elsner.
I am Australian: Tammi Elsner celebrates becoming an Australian citizen with family members, from left in background, Lottie Elsner, Katie Elsner, Edmund Elsner, Kaleb Graham, Anita Graham and Nathan Elsner. Blainey Woodham

New citizens proud to be Aussies

TWEED Heads West and Pottsville will welcome two new Australian citizens this Australia Day.

Tweed Heads West resident Tammi Elsner met her Australian husband when her parents visited the country when she was 19.

Mrs Elsner is originally from Sacramento, California, where she and her husband spent 10 years before settling into the Tweed shire.

“I have always wanted to live in Tweed so we moved here as soon as we got back from California,” Mrs Elsner said.

She now has two children and has been living in her Tweed home for nine years.

Her husband's parents, Lottie and Edmund Elsner, are originally from Germany and became Australian citizens in 1998.

The new citizen did not anticipate how excited she was going to be when she passed her citizenship test.

“Now I am united to my family in a different way for the first time in my life... we are all Australian now,” Mrs Elsner said.

Pottsville resident Susanne Ramcke-Wyes will also receive citizenship at the Australia Day citizenship ceremony.

Mrs Ramcke-Wyes, who worked with the United Nations for many years, moved to Sydney from Hamburg, Germany in 2000 and said she doesn't miss it.

“In comparison to six months of winter, Australia is much better,” she said.

“When I came to Australia, I just felt like I was coming home.”



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