Wanit Thotsakhui, 27, mother Nim Arnold, Nattawut Thotsakhui, 24 at their home in Fairy Hill, Casino. All three are becoming Australian Citizens this year.
Wanit Thotsakhui, 27, mother Nim Arnold, Nattawut Thotsakhui, 24 at their home in Fairy Hill, Casino. All three are becoming Australian Citizens this year. Susanna Freymark

New Aussie citizens at Fairy Hill

TWELVE years ago, Nim Arnold came to Australia from Thailand.

On January 26, she will become an Australian citizen.

"In my home country, there is no one there. My parents have passed away and we have property here," Nim said.

With support from her husband, Nim's two sons came to Australia in 2007 and joined their mother at Fairy Hill in Casino.

Wanit Thotsakhui, 27, and Nattawut Thotsakhui, 24, will also become Australian citizen this year.

When they arrived in Australia the government provided 503 hours of English lessons.

"The hardest thing was learning English," Wanit said.

Wanit works as a chef at Mary Gilhooleys Pub in Lismore and his brother Nattawut works at the meatworks in Casino.

All three of them had to sit an Australian citizenship test.

Twenty-five questions, selected from 600, are asked of all new citizens.

"We did a lot of study," Nim said about the citizenship test.

Nim and her sons Wanit and Natttawut will be at the Richmond Valley Council Australia Day Citizenship ceremony starting at 10am at the Evans Head Surf Lifesaving club on Main Beach.



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