Welcoming our newest citizens

SIXTY-TWO new Australians have officially been welcomed into the community following the Glenorchy City Council Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony.

Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston said she was extremely proud as both Mayor and Glenorchy citizen to be able to welcome them into the community.

“This year’s event was fantastic – we had a really good crowd and it was uplifting to see the joy and emotion of people becoming Australian citizens,” she said.

“Glenorchy is one of the most culturally diverse communities in Tasmania and it is one of our city’s greatest assets, which is recognised both within and outside our local government area.”

The Shrestha family now call Tasmania home after making the trip from Nepal five and a half years ago.

Their son Nolan came to Tasmania three years ago after living with his grandparents while his mother studied.

Nabita Shrestha said Nolan could only speak Nepalese when he got here, but after watching cartoons he become quite fluent in English.

“We still speak Nepali to Nolan at home and he goes to Nepalese school once a week,” she said.

“We want him to still learn the language, so he can speak to his grandparents and understand them.

“It’s important to also keep our culture and transfer it to the next generation.”

Seven-year-old Nolan said he loved going to school here as they had time to play and was not as strict as Nepal.

Nolan aspires to become an engineer.

Already having studied a Bachelor of Agriculture in Nepal, Ms Shrestha went on to complete her Masters in Agriculture at the University of Tasmania.

“But after finishing my masters, I found it very difficult to get work in agriculture, so I worked in aged care and saw that people needed lots of help,” she said.

“I just completed my Bachelor of Nursing and will start with Calvary in March.”

Sandeep Shrestha studied in India before getting married.

“I have a Bachelor of Pharmacy, so I’m working on getting my registration in Tasmania,” he said.

“We focused on Tasmania as the climate is very similar to Nepal and we aren’t really big city people, so we never wanted to go to the mainland.”

An inaugural “Nepal Fair 2019” will be held in Evans Street, Hobart on 16 February to showcase the rich culture, food and traditional dress up.

Caption: The Shrestha family, from left, Sandeep, Nolan and Nabita.