Bridgetown’s newest Australian citizens pledge their allegiance to Australia

Bridgetown people gathered for the town’s biggest poolside barbecue on Australia Day to welcome 10 new Australians at a citizenship ceremony at the Bridgetown swimming pool.

Shire President John Nicholas started proceedings by acknowledging the Noongar people, the traditional custodians of the land and paid his respects to their elders, past, present and emerging.

“This Australia Day we can pause to reflect on the past year and recognise the resilience of our people and the courage and selflessness of those who worked on the frontlines fighting fires and floods and responding to a global pandemic,” Councillor Nicholas said.

Tirada Winchcombe was one proud new Aussie. Mrs Winchcombe has called Australia home since 2011.

Originally from Thailand, she married her husband Martin in 2013. She said she wanted to become an Australian citizen since she arrived.

She said she’d been looking forward to the ceremony, was excited by it and was never going to miss it.

Mrs Winchcombe was among 10 new Australians who pledged their commitment to the country and its people.

They’ve come from around the globe: from Canada, the UK, Germany, Vietnam and Thailand.

The barbecue was a real community effort with volunteers serving up a great cooked breakfast that was all done with a minimum of waste.

Welcome to Bridgetown: Mrs Tirada Winchcombe; Ms Penelope Copson-Pacal; Mrs Britta Loy; Mr Erik Loy; Master Sidney Loy; Mrs Maria Mark; Ms Jacqueline Armstrong, Johnathon Copson-Pascal, Miss Rebecca Hughes; and Ms Thi Thu Thuy Nguyen.