Australia Day Ambassadors

More than 100 inspirational Australians speak about what it truly means to be Australian at events across NSW each year.

Each year, more than 100 remarkable Australia Day Ambassadors participate in Australia Day activities around NSW, sharing meaningful stories and connecting with communities.

From Olympians and Paralympians, environmentalists and foodies, to humanitarians and local heroes, these high-achieving individuals will head to all corners of NSW on 26 January, volunteering their time and energy to contribute to local festivities, with communities encouraged to come together this Australia Day to Reflect, Respect and Celebrate the Australian spirit and our diversity.

Roles and responsibilities

The activities of the Ambassadors on Australia Day are as diverse as the communities and events themselves.

Ambassadors generously volunteer their time and energy to inspire pride and celebration. They hand out Australia Day community awards, judge lamington competitions, preside over thong-throwing challenges, help cook sausage sizzles and mingle with locals over a cup of tea.

Ambassadors may also give an address that captures the spirit of being Australian and present certificates at awards ceremonies. 

2023 Ambassadors

A full list of 2023 NSW Australia Day Ambassadors and the communities they visited;




Armidale Regional Council - Armidale

Mr Jarrod Wheatley OAM

2019 NSW Young Australian of the Year

Balranald Shire Council

Mr Andrew Lock OAM


Bathurst Regional Council



Bega Valley Shire Council

Mr Jay Allen OAM

Melanoma Crusader, 2018 NSW Australia's Local Hero Finalist and founder of Australian Skin Cancer Foundation

Blacktown City Council

Mr Nic Newling

Motivational Speaker and Mental Health Advocate

Bland Shire Council



Blayney Shire Council

Ms Catherine De Vrye


Bogan Shire Council

Cr HY William Chan

2020 NSW Young Australian of the Year Finalist, Architect and UNICEF Young Ambassador

Bourke Shire Council

Ms Robina Beard OAM

Entertainer, Dancer and Actor

Brewarrina Shire Council

Mr Scott Johnston

Rodeo Rider

Broken Hill City Council

Mr Anupam Sharma

Film Director

Burwood Council

Ms Amanda Rose

Founder - Business Women Media, Trainer, Business consultant and Keynote speaker

Byron Shire Council

Mr Allan Sparkes CV OAM VA FRSN

Former Deputy Commissioner of the Mental Health Commission of NSW, Author, Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Advocate

Cabonne Council

Mrs Cheryl Koenig OAM

Author,  Motivational Speaker and 2009 NSW Woman of the Year

Camden Council

Mr Jason Sotiris

Founder - Super Tee

Campbelltown City Council

Mr Clyde Campbell AM

Founder - Shake It Up Foundation

Canterbury - Bankstown Council

Mr Graham Ross AM VMM

TV Presenter - Better Homes & Gardens

Carrathool Shire Council

Mr Warren Potent OLY

Olympian - Shooting, Rio 2016

Cessnock City Council

Mrs Astrid Alice Hocking

Foster carer advocate and anti-violence campaigner

City Of Canada Bay Council

Mr Donny Galella

Fashion Designer and Stylist

City of Parramatta

Mr Ben Farinazzo

Invictus Games Gold Medallist - Rowing and Power Lifting

City Of Ryde Council

Mr Kamahl Kamalesvaran AM

Singer and Entertainer

Cobar Shire Council

Ms Bronte Hendricks

Disability advocate,  Nominee 2021 Young Australian of the Year

Coolamon Shire Council

Mr Terrence O'Connell OAM

2016 NSW Senior Australian of the Year Finalist

Coonamble Shire Council - Coonamble

Mr Paul Featherstone BM ASM

Senior Instructor For NSW Ambulance SCAT Team

Coonamble Shire Council – Gulargambone

Ms Christine Mastello

NSW 2022 Local Hero Nominee, Founder of Southlakes Inc and the Community Hair Project

Cootamundra Gundagai Council - Cootamundra

Mr Bruce Whatley


Cootamundra Gundagai Council – Gundagai

Ms Katryna Robinson

Founder of 'Every Little Bit Helps' Charity

Cowra Shire Council

Mr Eren Incekara

Pilot - Little Wings

Cumberland Council

Ms Anneke Van Den Broek

Businesswoman and Entrepreneur, Winner 2020 NSW Business Woman of the Year Award

Dubbo Regional Council – Dubbo

Mr David Hall OAM

Wheelchair Tennis Player

Dubbo Regional Council – Wellington

Mr Peter Herbert

Screenwriter & Producer (Acropolous Now, Skirts)

Dungog Shire Council

Mr Corey Payne

NSW Young Australian of the Year 2013 & Former NRL Player

Fairfield City Council

Mr Nicholas Gleeson

Adventurer, Motivational Speaker, Paralympian - Athletics

Federation Council - Corowa

Ms Ange Clarke

Founder of Where there's a Will ltd.

Forbes Shire Council

Mr Akash Arora

The Canberra Times Journalist and Features Director

Georges River Council

Professor Veena Sahajwalla FAA FTSE HonFIEAust CPEng


Gilgandra Shire Council

Mr Victor Kovalenko OAM

Australian Sailing Coach

Glen Innes Severn Council

Mr Michael Tomalaris

SBS Journalist

Greater Hume Shire Council

Mr Geoff Coombes OAM

Co-Founder of Tour De Cure

Griffith City Council

Mr Khushaal Vyas

Multicultural NSW Youth Medal Winner

Gwydir Council - Warialda

Mr Bob Fitzgerald

2019 NSW Volunteer of the Year

Hawkesbury City Council

Mr Greg Donovan

Founder of Born to Run, Motivational Speaker

Hay Shire Council

Ms Isabella Bain

Nominee 2021 Young Australian of the Year, Co-Founder of Ambient and Co and World Champion Athlete

Hilltops Council - Boorowa

Ms Susanne Gervay OAM

Childrens Author

Hilltops Council - Harden

Ms Sonia Gandhi

Director, Gandhi Creations and Board Member of Multicultural NSW

Hilltops Council – Young

Mr Mark Warren


Hunters Hill Council

Mr Tasman Cassim

Head of Partnerships at Black Dog Institute and Founder of the Superhero Walk

Inverell Shire Council

Ms Sascha Estens

Founder of Rabbit Hop Films

Junee Shire Council

Dr Benjamin Veness

Churchill Fellow and President of the Australian Medical Students' Association

Kempsey Shire Council

Ms Jolene Anderson

Actress and Singer

Kiama Municipal Council

Mr Warwick Nowland

World Superbike Champion

Ku-ring-gai Council

Special Olympics Dance Performance Group

Special Olympics Dance Performance Group

Kyogle Council – Kyogle

Mr Mike Goldman

TV Presenter

Kyogle Council - Woodenbong

Mr Brad Farmer AM

Founder of Surfrider Foundation and National Ocean Care Day

Lachlan Shire Council

Ms Carolyn Mee

Founder of Sound Scouts

Lane Cove Council

Mrs Mary-Ruth Mendel

Speech and Language Pathologist

Leeton Shire Council

Mr Peter McLean

Executive Officer of the Australian Organics Recycling Association and former NSW CEO of Keep Australia Beautiful

Lismore City Council

Mr Andew Paschalidis

Sports Presenter & Soccer Commentator

Lithgow City Council

Mr Peter Frazer OAM

Founder of the Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) Group and 2020 NSW Local Hero Nominee

Liverpool City Council

Mr Jo Brigen-Jones

Olympian - Sprint Kayaker, Motivational Speaker

Liverpool Plains Shire Council

Mr Rob Caslick

Social Entrepreneur & Founder of Two Good Co

Lockhart Shire Council

Mr Yianni Johns


Mid-Western Regional Council

Ms Catriona Rowntree

TV Presenter

Mosman City Council

Ms Kath Koschel

Former Cricket Player and Founder of the Kindness Factory

Murray River Council

Mr James Willett

Toyko 2020 Olympian - Shooting

Murrumbidgee Council

Ms Lyndey Milan

Celebrity Chef

Nambucca Valley Council

Ms Susie Elelman AM

Author, TV & Radio Broadcaster

Narrabri Shire Council

Ms Taylor Corry

Paralympian - swimming

Narrandera Shire Council

Ms Lindy Hou OAM

Paralympic Medallist - Cycling, Athens 2004

Narromine Shire Council

Ms Donna Burton

Astronomer, Science Communicator and Presenter

Northern Beaches Council

Ms Liz Deep-Jones

TV Presenter, Journalist and Author

Oberon Council

Ms Viv Kartsounis

Founder of Shoes for Planet Earth

Orange City Council

Dr Norman Swan

Medical Broadcaster - ABC Health

Parkes Shire Council

Ms Emma Rossi

Media Executive and Former TV Presenter

Port Macquarie Hastings Council

Mr John Lee

Founder - You Have a Friend charity

Port Stephens Council

Professor Heidi Norman

Australian Researcher and Aboriginal Political Historian

Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council - Queanbeyan

Mr Kumar Pereia

Celebrity Chef

Randwick City Council

Ms Kumud Merani

Producer SBS Radio and Premier's Multicultural Media Award Winner 2013

Shellharbour City Council

Mr Ricardo Goncalves

Journalist and SBS News Presenter

Snowy Monaro Regional Council – Bombala

Mr John Harper

Founder of Mate Helping Mate (Mental Wellbeing Awareness)

Snowy Monaro Regional Council - Cooma

Mr Jeremy Jones AM

Community Leader and 2016 recipient of the Multicultural NSW Stepan Kerkyasharian AO Harmony Award

Snowy Valleys Council - Tumut

Mr Bruce Elder

Writer and Music Journalist


Mr Christopher Cheng


Tamworth Regional Council - Barraba

Ms Tanya Silveira-Price Dr

Music Therapist

Tamworth Regional Council- Manilla

Ms Suzanne Hopman

CEO and Dignity, Nominee 2021 NSW Local Hero

The Hills Shire Council

Dr Cindy Pan

Media Doctor, Author, Columnist and Radio Presenter

Ulladulla Milton Lions Club

Mr Peter Wilkins

Former TV Presenter & Sports Commentator

United Australian Lebanese Movement

Ms Joanne Taranto

Director and Co-founder of Good for the Hood, Sustainability Engagement Consultant and Speaker.

Upper Hunter Shire Council - Merriwa

Ms Promila Gupta OAM

Premier's 2018 Multicultural Regional Community Medal Winner

Upper Hunter Shire Council - Scone

Mr James Pittar

Endurance Swimmer

Upper Lachlan Shire Council

Ms Sophie Smith OAM

Founder of Running for Premature Babies

Uralla Shire Council

Mr Gary Dawson OAM

Keynote Speaker and Golfer

Wagga Wagga City Council

Mr Bob Turner

Sports & Business Executive

Walcha Council

Ms Jacinta Tynan

Author, Columnist and SKY NEWS Anchor

Walgett Shire Council

Mr John Wearne AM

Bingara Community Leader

Warren Shire Council

Mr Keith Potger AO

Founding member of The Seekers

Warrumbungle Shire Council - Coolah Community

Mr Bruno Efoti

Founder of Tradies in Sight

Warrumbungle Shire Council - Coonabarabran

Mr Ronald Delezio

Co-Founder & Co-Director of Day of Difference Foundation

Weddin Shire Council

Mr Geoff Lawson OAM

Former Australian Cricketer, Former Coach of the Pakistan Cricket Team

Wentworth Shire Council

Dr Clio Creswell

Mathematician, Writer, Media Personality

Willoughby City Council

Mr George Ellis

Conductor, Composer and Musical Arranger

Wingecarribee Shire Council

Ms Mel Thomas

Journalist, Author & Founder of the KYUP! Project

Wollondilly Shire Council

Mr Warren Kermond OAM


Yass Valley Council

Mr David Bitton


Australia Day in NSW Partners