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Australia Day Ambassadors announced

Dec 17, 2020

Preparations for Australia Day celebrations across the Hilltops Region are well underway, with three ambassadors set to visit the area to mark the annual event.

Film producer and author Sue Milliken has been announced as the Australia Day Ambassador for Boorowa. Better Homes and Gardens TV Presenter, Graham Ross will be on hand in Harden and former Australian Cricketer and former coach of the Pakistan Cricket team, Geoff Lawson will be celebrating with the community in Young.

The National Australia Day Council recruits hundreds of Australia Day Ambassadors who volunteer their time to attend Australia Day ceremonies across the country to help inspire pride and celebration in local communities.

Statistics provided by the National Australia Day Council show that Australia Day is a hugely popular celebration, with more than half of all Australians attending Australia Day Celebrations organized events by Governments, local councils, community groups or getting together with family and friends.

Event information for Australia Day celebrations across the Hilltops Region – including Australia Day Award ceremonies – will be listed on Hilltops Council’s website and social media pages early in the new year.
Sue Milliken (Boorowa): Sue Milliken is an Australian film producer. Her credits include most recently the feature film Ladies in Black for which she co-wrote the screenplay and was nominated for AACTA awards for best film and best screenplay. Her other credits as producer include The Odd Angry Shot, The Fringe Dwellers, Black Robe, Sirens, Dating the Enemy, Paradise Road, the TV miniseries My Brother Jack and the indigenous films Crocodile Dreaming and The Redfern Story. From 1980 to 2009 she represented the completion bond company Film Finances in Australia. She is a former Chair of the Australian Film Commission and a founding member and past president of Screen Producers Australia (SPA). She is a recipient of the Australian Film Institute’s Raymond Longford (Longford Lyell) Award. She has published three books about the industry, a memoir, Selective Memory, A book of correspondence, There’s a Fax from Bruce with Bruce Beresford, and Producing for the Screen with Andrena Finlay.

Graham Ross VMM (Harden): Radio broadcaster and television gardening presenter and author, Graham Ross, has educated, entertained, and inspired Australia’s gardening community and green thumbs over his career. Graham is Australia’s most acclaimed horticulturalist being presented with the prestigious Gold Veitch Memorial Medal in London (2011) by the Royal Horticultural Society, he was awarded the Golden Wattle Award in 2014; the highest accolade presented by the Australian Institute of Horticulture, plus multiple horticultural industry awards and 12 Logies for Better Homes & Gardens TV to name a few.
Graham has appeared on Better Homes & Gardens since 1995, he broadcasts weekly the Garden Clinic Show every Saturday and Sunday on 2GB Radio and running the family business, ‘The Garden Clinic’.
Graham began his career working at a nursery from age eleven, graduated from the Ryde School of Horticulture TAFE and has a Dip Ed. Sydney University (Teachers College). Graham has worked in all aspects in the garden, from a seedsman to park superintendent before returning to TAFE to teach horticulture. In 2015 the Prime Minister, Malcom Turnbull, launched the Australian Garden Council foundered and chaired by Graham. This non-for-profit charity has garden education, garden tourism and general gardening in the community.

Geoff Lawson OAM (Young): Geoff ‘Henry’ Lawson has had an outstanding career in Australian cricket both nationally and internationally. Henry first represented Australia in 1979. Henry was named Player of the Series in consecutive years against England 1982-83 and Pakistan 1983-84 and Australia’s best player of the Pakistan tour in 1982. Geoff captained NSW from midway through the 1988-89 season until his retirement in 1991-92. After playing, Geoff moved into Coaching, he coached NSW, coached at the University of New South Wales and coached Pakistan. In 1990, Geoff was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for services to cricket and in 2002 the Australian Sports Medal. Just recently he has added the Centenary Medal for services to the community through sport, to his list of achievements. Since retirement, Geoff has been part of the ABC and BBC Radio, Channel Nine, Foxsports and international commentary teams in India, Sri Lanka, South Africa, West Indies has written a weekly column for Sydney media and written features for cricket magazines in Australia, England and India.

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