An award-winning musical composer with countless stage, screen and classical credits has been named the Tweed Shire’s Australia Day Ambassador for 2016.
George Ellis is one of Australia’s top musical directors and conductors, presenting concerts around the globe.
Tweed mayor Katie Milne said Mr Ellis would speak at the shire’s Australia Day celebrations to be held at Kingscliff High School.
‘We are absolutely thrilled to have George Ellis visiting us and speaking about his experiences and pride in being an Australian,’ Cr Milne said.
‘The federal government has named the region as one of Australia’s eight National Iconic Landscapes and some of the best remnants in Australia of our ancient Gondwana rainforests, which date back around 100 million years, can still be found in this shire today.’
‘It is particularly important we acknowledge the local Aboriginal community, past and present, who first walked this land many thousands of years ago and pay tribute to their ongoing cultural connections with this beautiful place.
Mr Ellis, who has been an Australia Day ambassador in other parts of regional NSW, described the experience as ‘extremely memorable’, and said his favourite thing to do on Australia Day was enjoy a barbecue with great company.
‘Serving as an Australia Day Ambassador in beautiful rural NSW these last three years has been my favourite Australia Day experience,’ Mr Ellis said.
‘I have met some incredibly inspirational and selfless people who love to help others.’
Newly-appointed Australia Day Committee chair Alan Downes said Mr Ellis would tap into the cultural side of the Tweed while complementing the region’s traditional Australia Day celebrations.
‘Australia Day is a great day to get together with your community with a wide range of family friendly events held at Tumbulgum, Burringbar, Kingscliff, Tyalgum, Pottsville and Jack Evans Boat Harbour,’ Mr Downes said.
As details are finalised for the various celebrations throughout the Tweed they will be available at www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/AustraliaDay or phone Tweed Shire Council on (02) 6670 2400.