Australia day ambassador a familiar face

Graham Wilson has for nearly 16 years served as the town's heritage advisor, starting with the former Glen Innes Shire Council in 2004.

Graham Wilson has for nearly 16 years served as the town's heritage advisor, starting with the former Glen Innes Shire Council in 2004.

Glen Innes' Australia day ambassador will be a familiar face to many.

Graham Wilson has for nearly 16 years served as the town's heritage advisor, starting with the former Glen Innes Shire Council in 2004.

The former English teacher who switched to heritage protection in the 80s and spent decades lecturing at the University of New England, will serve as this year's ambassador.

The Australia Day Ambassador Program, which is billed as capturing "the true spirit of Australia Day", encourages links between communities across the country.

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Each local government area is assigned its own ambassador, a prominent person from the sporting field or the science lab, government or the stage or screen. Their primary job is to deliver a speech about the meaning of Australia at events across the state.

Glen Innes' 2019 ambassador, Sonia Gandhi, came to us all the way from Sydney after immigrating from India.

Graham served for many years as a heritage advisor to the former Armidale Dumaresq council, the former Guyra shire council, Gwydir shire council and Uralla shire council and the now Glen Innes Severn council. He retired from the University of New England in 2000.

Australia Day Nominations 2020

Citizen of the Year

  • Brigitte Burridge
  • Donald Hall
  • Mary Hollingworth
  • John Lee
  • Mathew Smith
  • Matthew Wharton
  • Christopher Wilson
  • Dorothy Wooder

YOUNG CITIZEN

  • Brendon Mackenzie
  • Shyanne Sturtridge
  • Brodie Taylor

EMERGENCY SERVICES

  • Graham Pagen
  • Matthew Wharton

COMMUNITY EVENT

  • Murder in the Glen Mystery Night
  • Night at the Trocadero

COMMUNITY ORGANISATION

  • Caledonian Society of Glen Innes
  • Community Centre Volunteers
  • Deepwater School of Arts Hall Trust
  • Glen Innes District Football Asociation
  • Red Range Rural Fire Brigade
  • Wytaliba Rural Fire Brigade