Kitchen whiz Lyndey Milan has been announced as this year’s Australia Day ambassador for Lismore.
Ms Milan has worked in the food and wine industry for more than 30 years, has produced nine cookbooks, eight television series and was the former food director of The Australian Women’s Weekly.
In 2014, Lyndey was awarded an Order of Australia for her services to hospitality, the food and wine industry, and the community.
She is vice-president of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW, a member of the Tourism Australia Food & Wine Advisory Panel and co-founder and patron of Tasting Success, a mentoring program for female chefs.
Lismore mayor Isaac Smith welcomed the announcement.
‘We are thrilled to have Lyndey as our Australia Day ambassador – the Northern Rivers is a hotspot for fresh produce so we’re confident she will enjoy her visit to the region,’ Lismore Mayor Isaac Smith said.
‘Lyndey has a long list of accomplishments to her name and we are honoured to welcome her to be our guest on the day, give the annual Australia Day address and help present our 2018 Australia Day Awards.’
The council will be honouring exceptional citizens as well as welcoming new Australians during the awards ceremony on Friday at Lismore City Hall.
Local groups and individuals have been nominated in the 2018 Australia Day Awards for a host of achievements in disciplines ranging from sports and community service to arts and the environment.
Council will also host the annual Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony, welcoming new Australian citizens from countries as diverse as the United Kingdom, Germany, Thailand, Qatar and Sudan.
The 2018 Australia Day Awards ceremony will be followed by morning tea and everyone is welcome to attend. The ceremony will begin at 8.30am on Friday, 26 January at Lismore City Hall.