26.1 C
Byron Shire
February 25, 2021

NSW Australian of the Year to give Australia Day Address

Latest News

‘Hollywood’ drug squads over the top

I guess we have to thank Hollywood for the enduring myth that a black-clad squad of elite 'blokes', preferably with cool helicopters, from the capital are needed to crack down on really serious crime in hick parts of the country like Mullumbimby.

Other News

Family Court scrapped

Despite overwhelming opposition from Australia’s family law specialists and advocates, the federal Liberal-Nationals government and cross benchers scrapped the Family Law Court and subsumed it into the circuit courts last week.

Will Ballina Council live up to its promise?

A motion from Cr Jeff Johnson to be tabled at Ballina Shire Council's meeting this week will ask the council to live up to its promise to act on the climate emergency, and divest from fossil fuel investments.

The lunatics have taken over the asylum…

The Zombies of the Climate ApoCOALpse have today swarmed around Queensland's Parliament House this morning to highlight impending climate chaos.

Rainbow Region Dragon boat racers pick up third place in return to racing

The Lennox Head-based Rainbow Region Dragon boat team had a promising start to 2021, when they picked up a third place at the Broadwater Regatta.

Stop motion animators needed

Northern Rivers Community Gallery in Ballina is seeking expressions of interest from suitably experienced digital animators with demonstrated experience...

CWA getting their facts right on the Far North Coast

Members of the Far North Coast Group of the Country Women’s Association of New South Wales (CWA) gathered in Lismore on Saturday for their Group Facts Day.

Former Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons Will give the 2021 Australia Day Address.
Photo supplied.

With the sting of the 2019/20 fires still smarting and the threat of more on the way during the current hot and dry conditions, it’s only fitting that former Rural Fire Service (RFS) Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons AFSM will deliver the 2021 Australia Day Address.

Marking its 25th year, the NSW Government and Australia Day Council of NSW say the Australia Day Address offers a prominent Australian the opportunity to speak on matters they consider to be of national importance.

Mr Fitzsimmons, the 2021 NSW Australian of the Year, was affectionally nicknamed the ‘Nation’s Father’ for his extraordinary leadership and compassion through the devastating 2019-2020 bushfires. As Commissioner of the NSW RFS, he led the state through the unprecedented bushfire period and became one of Australia’s most respected fire chiefs. He has since taken up the role as Commissioner of Resilience NSW, the lead disaster management agency for NSW.

‘Shane has shown many times through his illustrious career what a compassionate and respected leader he is,’ Australia Day Council of NSW Chair Andrew Parker said.

Someone who is authentic

‘Shane stands out as someone who is authentic, someone prepared to work tirelessly for the community. He has stood alongside people from all corners of our state – in extremely challenging times. He has heard and acted on stories, problems, fears, and hopes.

‘He captured the hearts of NSW communities by simply being a man of the people and someone we want to listen to. I look forward to hearing his Address on January 18,’ Mr Parker said.

Mr Fitzsimmons said it is an honour to be invited to deliver the Australia Day Address and to be given the platform to share his vision for Australia with the whole nation.

Beginning his career as a teenager with the NSW RFS, he became captain of his brigade in 1985, as a 19-year-old. Following this, Mr Fitzsimmons became a professional firefighter. He was appointed Commissioner in 2007 and retired from the position in 2019. He now continues to lead the disaster recovery and support the people of NSW through his work at Resilience NSW.

The Address, first delivered in 1997, is a celebration of thought, diversity of opinion and freedom of speech. Traditionally, distinguished Australians are invited to present their unique reflections on our national identity and share their vision for the future of all Australians.

Inspiring and thought-provoking messages

Each Australia Day Address has been as individual as the person delivering it, presenting inspiring and thought-provoking messages from some of our nation’s leading visionaries.

Previous Australia Day Address speakers include human rights lawyer Deng Adut; HE Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO; media icon Ita Buttrose AO OBE; novelist Thomas Keneally AO; quantum physicist Professor Michelle Simmons AO; internationally renowned mathematics teacher Eddie Woo; and founder of the #buyfromthebush initiative Grace Brennan.

The Address will be live-streamed on Facebook AustraliaDay26 on Monday, 18 January 2021 from 12.30pm AEDT, with a full transcript available following the event.

Members of the public can watch and listen to the 2021 Address:

Sky News Channel 603 on Foxtel Full live coverage from 12.30pm AEDT

Sky News Channel 600 on Foxtel Highlights and key moments from 12.30pm AEDT

The Address will also be broadcast on ABC Radio National on Tuesday 26 January from 7.30pm to 8pm AEDT

For more information visit www.australiaday.com.au.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Local fisherfolk caught in the parking fine net

FIsherfolk have been caught in the net of parking fines designed to stop travellers parking up for the night on the Tweed Coast Road and they are seeking help to access their beaches at night without fines.

Family Court scrapped

Despite overwhelming opposition from Australia’s family law specialists and advocates, the federal Liberal-Nationals government and cross benchers scrapped the Family Law Court and subsumed it into the circuit courts last week.

Cavanbah centre gets a taste of 3×3 basketball

The Byron Beez basketball team in collaboration with the U League hosted a 3x3 tournament at the Cavanbah centre at the end of January that attracted 30 teams.

Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault acquitted

Magistrate Michael Dakin has ordered a common assault charge against a former Byron-based policeman be dropped after an altercation involving a naked youth in Byron Bay three years ago.