Good news has been hard to come by during the pandemic, but there was a ray of sunshine last week when Goulburn received six new citizens.
Himel Roy and Arun Pallathery Haridasan from India, Judith Alcock and Noel Johnson-Barrett from New Zealand and Rey-Ann Borres and Eleonor Ortega were welcomed by Goulburn Mulwaree Council mayor Bob Kirk at the citizenship ceremony.
Cr Kirk said the new citizens had plenty to offer.
"They all bring new talents, skills, trades and expertise to town," Cr Kirk said.
"We've got cooks, medical practitioners and health industry workers.
"Some had actually been living in the area for many years, but had only just decided to become citizens."
Due to COVID-19, there was only a small uptake this time around compared to previous ceremonies.
The ceremony was over quite quickly, but the Cr Kirk found time to have a chat to all the new citizens.
A couple of the new citizens will be featured in upcoming stories.
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