Tweed Coast Rural Firefighters Trev Bird and Peter Baird were on the gate at Pottsville.
Tweed Coast Rural Firefighters Trev Bird and Peter Baird were on the gate at Pottsville. Blainey Woodham

Australia Day in Pottsville

COOL and dry inside Pottsville Hall as rain fell intermittently, 40 new citizens from nine different countries were sworn in.

From as far as Nepal and the Netherlands to as close as New Zealand, all the new Aussies were chuffed with their status.

Tweed Mayor Barry Longland, Richmond MP Justine Elliot, Tweed MP Geoff Provest and Aboriginal elder Aunty Kath were just a few prominent residents on hand to congratulate the award winners and new citizens.

Olympic swim star and Tweed's own Matthew Abood gave an inspirational speech to the audience, talking of his own family history and love for the region.

"My grandfather got citizenship over 60 years ago and married an Australian girl," Mr Abood said.

"After travelling the world I just feel so fortunate to live in such a great area in such a great country."

The Manesh family moved to the Tweed four and a half years ago and could not imagine anywhere better to live after being sworn in.

"As soon as we arrived in Tweed we moved into Banora Point for work and we absolutely love living here," Mr Manesh said.

"The girls go to Pacific Coast School in Tweed South which is so close to home and they love it there."



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