Jintana Cha-umpha is incredibly proud to be able to call herself Australian.
Jintana Cha-umpha is incredibly proud to be able to call herself Australian. Erin Smith

New Aussies are proud to call Warwick their home

AN EMOTIONAL ceremony during yesterday's general council meeting saw 10 Southern Downs residents dubbed Australian citizens.

Jintana Cha-umpha was incredibly excited and became tearful when she sang the Australian anthem for the first time as a citizen.

She moved to Australia from Thailand three years ago and works at APN Print, based in Warwick.

"I just wanted to be an Australian," Ms Cha-umpha said.

"I was so excited (Tuesday night) I couldn't sleep and I woke up early.

"I just wanted to come and pledge but I had to wait until 10.30am.

"Australians are lovely people and I'm proud to be one."

Hsi Ying Tiong, better known as Cindy and her friend Hsi-Chen Huan, better known as Jimmy, made their pledges after living in the Southern Downs for the past seven years.

Both said they loved living here and were proud to call it home.



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