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Posted on January 09 2018

Actors, musicians, community leaders and media personalities are among the South Australians who’ll be leading Australia Day celebrations across our state this year.

The Australia Day Ambassador program sends high achieving Australians to over 300 community celebrations nationwide every Australia Day. Ambassadors are past recipients of the Australian of the Year Awards, sportspeople, scientists, businesspeople, actors and community workers who provide inspiration and pride to Australia Day events and activities.

 The Interim Executive Officer of the Australia Day Council of South Australia Emma Chidlow, said that the Australia Day Ambassador program is an opportunity for all Australians, particularly those in regional areas, to meet and gain inspiration from Australian achievers who come from all walks of life.

 “These great Australians bring their experiences and stories to local communities, adding another element to local celebrations. Australia Day Ambassadors are also given insight into the local traditions and attractions by the local communities they visit.”

 “Australia Day is a time of year to get together. There are many different ways to celebrate with over 100 different events being held in South Australia” Ms Chidlow said.

“Our Australia Day Ambassadors are great role models in our communities who enhance local celebrations around South Australia as well as increase awareness of what the day means.”

Ms Chidlow said most of the Ambassadors would attend either council celebrations or citizenship ceremonies in their host council, with details for each region and the host council included below:




Host Council                                                                      Ambassador      

Adelaide City Council                                                     Darrell Tree CV (First recipient of the Cross of Valour)

Adelaide Hills                                                                   Ivan Copley (Indigenous Community worker & Australian of the Year (South Australia) 2009

Adelaide Plains                                                                John Halbert AM MBE (Australian Rules Legend & Senior Australian of the Year (SA) 2009

Barossa Council                                                                 Lyn Hill (Co-Founder of Dragon Boat Racing for survivors of breast cancer)

 Campbelltown City Council                                         Carole Whitelock (Columnist, MC & former Radio ABC commentator)

District Council of Ceduna                                            Samela Harris (South Australian journalist, critic and blogger)

City of Charles Sturt                                                        Edgar Agius (Community leader)

Coorong District Council                                                Prof Don Bursill (Water Management Expert)

Copper Coast Council                                                     Dr Lynn Arnold AO (Former CEO of Anglicare & former SA Premier)

District Council of Elliston                                             David Malinda (Agricultural Scientist & Educator)

Regional Council of Goyder                                         Steve Foster (International award-winning songwriter, singer, guitarist, mandolin & harmonica player)

Grant District Council                                                      John Shepherd AM (Executive Director, Operation Flinders)

City of Holdfast Bay                                                        Mem Fox (Children’s book author)                         

District Council of Loxton/Waikerie                          Bruce Mellett (Former Breakfast Host & Regional Manager   for ABC Radio, Riverland)

Mid Murray Council                                                        Neil Kerley AM (AFL player, coach & sporting personality)

District Council of Mt Barker                                        Dr Deane Hutton (Futurist and science show presenter)

City of Norwood, Payneham & St Peters               Michael O’Connell APM (Commissioner for Victim’s Rights)

District Council of Orroroo Carrieton                       Legh Davis (Investment adviser, former Parliamentarian and Fundraiser)

City of Playford                                                                 Paul Rosenweig OAM (Retired Army officer, historian and biographer)

Port Lincoln City Council                                               Michael Angelakis (TV personality, businessman and chef)

Port Adelaide Enfield Council                                    Barry Lewis (Police Superintendent and SANFL Umpire)

Port Pirie Regional Council                                           John (Jack) Cahill (AFL Player, Coach & Sporting Personality)

Southern Mallee District Council (Pinnaroo)        Prof Peter Langridge (Agricultural Scientist specialising in plant molecular biology and the science of plant breeding)

Southern Mallee District Council (Lameroo)        Anthony Fioravanti (SA Police Superintendent of Eastern Adelaide Local Service area)

Tatiara District Council                                                   Peter Goers OAM (Media Personality – ABC Adelaide)

City of Unley                                                                      Dr Rob Morrison OAM (Scientist and former host of the Curiosity Show)

Wakefield Regional Council                                        William (Bill) Denny AM BM (Veteran and Community advocate)

City of West Torrens                                                      Des Ryan (e-Journalist and writer)

District Council of Yankalilla                                        Francene Connor (Events, Marketing & Public Relations expert)


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