Victoria Premier Ted Baillieu
Premier Announces Australia Day Ambassadors
Victor P Taffa
Premier Ted Baillieu has announced the Victorian Australia Day ambassadors for 2012 at a reception held in their honour.
A diverse group of 147 Victorians will support local Australia Day celebrations on 26 January next year by inspiring local communities and taking part in a range of activities and presentations.
“These ambassadors, drawn from the arts, sport, entertainment, community and business arenas, represent the aspiration and ambition that have made Victoria a leader in so many ways.” Premier Baillieu said.
“Strong communities, our rich heritage, individual freedom and the opportunity for a fair go are all celebrated on Australia Day.”
“Our ambassadors are representative of what it means to be a Victorian and an Australian, especially when it comes to our accepting and tolerant culture, and their commitment is part of the Victorian tradition of contributing by being a volunteer.” Premier Baillieu said.
The Chair of the Australia Day Committee (Victoria) Bruce Hartnett said the Victorian Australia Day ambassador program continued to enjoy great support from the regions.
“Local townships welcome the contribution of our ambassadors and appreciate their hard work in presenting an award, giving a speech or helping with citizenship ceremonies all with enthusiasm and good grace.” Mr. Hartnett said.
The program has been running since 1996 in Victoria and supports more than 100 communities across the state. The ambassador program became truly national, running in all states and territories, in 2008.