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Council Welcomes Australia Day Ambassador John Brumby

23 January 2017

Council is pleased to welcome the Hon. Mr John Brumby as the Australia Day Ambassador, attending the Official Southern Grampians Shire Australia Day Celebrations at the Hamilton Botanic Gardens on Thursday 26 January.

Mr Brumby, former Premier of Victoria, has immense experience in public life having served for more than 10 years as Treasurer, the Premier of Victoria, 6 years as Leader of the Victorian Opposition and 7 years as Federal MHR for Bendigo during the period of the Hawke Government.
Currently Mr Brumby is involved in a number of appointments including:
• Professorial Fellow at both the University of Melbourne and Monash University;
• Chairman of the Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA) Superannuation Fund;
• Chair of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute;
• Chair of the Fred Hollows Foundation, and
• National President of the Australia China Business Council.

In addition, Mr. Brumby is also involved in a wide range of other not-for-profit organisations, including the Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee for Victoria.

The Southern Grampians has been greatly enriched by the long standing Brumby links to this region. John’s parents, the late Mr. Malcolm Brumby and his wife Allison relocated to “Belwyn”, nestled amongst the hills of Coleraine in 1974. John’s Mother, sister Sue and her husband David continue to live in Hamilton.

Mr Brumby is married to Rosemary McKenzie and together they have 3 children.
Southern Grampians Shire Mayor Cr Mary-Ann Brown said, “We are very honoured with the news that Mr Brumby will be the Shire’s Official Australia Day Ambassador and I am sure that the Community will be inspired listening to John deliver his Australia Day Address.”

The Australia Day Ambassador Program sends high achieving Australians to over 300 community celebrations nationwide every Australia Day. Ambassadors are sportspeople, scientists, businesspeople, actors and community workers who provide added inspiration and pride to Australia Day events and activities. The Australia Day Ambassador Program is coordinated by Australia Day Councils and Committees in each state and territory.

Hamilton’s Australia Day celebrations will commence at 10:30am at the Botanic Gardens and will include musical performances by local artists, flag raising and citizenship ceremonies and a free BBQ. See What's On in our Region for further information celebrations taking place across all towns within the Shire on Australia Day.

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