PROFESSIONAL surfer Andre Teixeira, wife Ana De Carvalho with their baby Josh are now all Australian Citizens, and what better place to make home for a pro surfer than the famous Kirra Point break.

As the happy family mingled with others at the Tweed Heads Civic Centre where they were offically sworn in as Aussies, it was obvious they were over the moon with their new status.

"It has been a long journey, almost seven years actually, we are just very happy," Mr Teixeira said.

Young Josh didn't have to worry about his status, born here in Australia he was already a citizen before mum and dad were sworn in..

18-year-old John Paul Ychoa, who was also sworn in today, moved in with his aunty and uncle six months ago after living in Cairns with his mother.

"Ive been in Australian for seven years, I was very nervous about the ceremony, but very pleased now its done," Mr Ychoa said with a grin on his face.

After all 39 new citizens were sworn in, hailing from 12 different countries, everyone stood and proudly sang the Australian National Anthem , followed by cheers and high fives all round.

Justine Elliot andTweed mayor Barry Longland were at the civic centre to congratulate the new Citizens; a big platter of sandwiches, scones, fruit cake and other nibbles was put on after the official business was over.



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