Australia Day ambassadors announced

Published on 10 January 2018


Local ambassadors for Australia Day celebrations have been announced by the National Australia Day Council!

Ambassadors are past recipients of the Australian of the Year Awards, sportspeople, scientists, businesspeople, actors and community workers who provide inspiration and pride to Australia Day.

Ambassadors will attend local Australia Day events and will address the audience as part of the official Australia Day celebrations to talk about their experiences and pride of being an Australian.

Australia Day Ambassadors are also given insight into the local traditions and attractions by the local communities they visit.

Hastings – Sally Tucker
Sally is a senior sports business professional experienced in sales and business development, sponsorship and commercial partnerships and more.

Mount Eliza – Brett McLeod
Brett is a journalist and presenter with Nine News in Melbourne with more than 30 years in media. 

Mornington – Karen Livingstone
Karen is the co-founder of Ovarian Cancer Australia, an organisation she helped establish in 2001 after her mother was diagnosed with the disease 

Dromana – Doug Christie
Doug is Managing Director of The Focus Communications Group, and is an experienced broadcaster and event producer. 

Rye – Jessica Smith
Jessica is a former Paralympian who represented Australia for seven years in the sport of swimming.

Rosebud – Sue Stanley
Sue is considered one of the leading Australian women in sport specialising in Competitive Aerobics.

Sorrento – Bowls – Rachel Porter
Rachel is an iconic figure in Australian charitable circles, she appears in the Australian Who’s Who of Women and is a known inspirational speaker and presenter.

Sorento – RSL – Peter Smith OAM
With over 53 years at GTV9, Pete is chairman and patron of the GTV Foundation. He was awarded an OAM in the 2004 Queens Birthday Honours list.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor Bryan Payne said he was thrilled to hear the announcement of our local ambassadors. 

“Australia Day is a great day for the community to come together and celebrate what is means to be an Australian.

“Our ambassadors have diverse backgrounds and come from all walks of life. Having them attend our Australia Day events gives us all the chance to hear their stories and achievements which illustrate the many opportunities Australia has to offer.  

“I encourage you all to attend an Australia Day events across the Shire,” said Councillor Payne.

For more information on Australia Day and to see what’s on across the peninsula on Australia Day, visit