Australia Day Ambassador Announced

Published on 20 January 2020


Federation Council is pleased to announce the 2020 Australia Day Ambassador is Mr Andrew Heslop, Social Entrepreneur, Commentator and Community Advocate.

Andrew Heslop is an award winning keynote speaker and community leader with a global reputation as a social entrepreneur for founding Australia’s annual celebration of community, Neighbour Day. Neighbour Day actively builds social capital, promotes social cohesion, integration and positive relationships between neighbours of all ages and from all cultural backgrounds, all year round.

Federation Council Mayor, Councillor Patrick Bourke said, Council is looking forward to welcoming Andrew to our region and introducing him to our community.

“Andrew is a member of the Qantas Frequent Flyer Advisory Community, an Australian Ambassador for Jamie Oliver’s global Food Revolution Day and an Ambassador for the Garage Sale Trail. He has formerly held the Australian Government roles of Champion for the National Broadband Network, Champion for the National Compact and as an Outreach Partner with the Office for the Not–for–Profit Sector in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.”

“Australia Day is an opportunity for our community to come together in the spirit of friendship and harmony, showcasing the unique and diverse culture that makes us Australian.”

“Council is calling on all in support of our many communities, to help build on this great event every year.  Council recognises that many communities also host their own local events, and would also encourage attendance at this the Federation Council event, from right across the Council area.  By building on this, we can continue to foster a Council-wide approach to celebrating our National Day, and honouring our local achievers. I know that with the strong support of the community, we can achieve this”, he said.


When:                  Sunday 26 January 2020 from 9:00am.

Location:             Howlong Memorial Park.

Activities:            Food and drinks will be available for purchase

Presentation of Federation Council’s 2020 Australia Day Awards, Official Ceremony including Welcome to the Country, National Anthem and Ambassador Address.

  • Federation Council Community Project of the Year.
  • Federation Council Community Event of the Year.
  • Federation Council Local Achiever Award.
  • Federation Council Citizen of the Year.
  • School Achiever Awards.
  • Light Up Federation Competition Winners.

A breakfast BBQ will be provided by the Howlong Pony Club and a Coffee Van will be available on the day from 8:30am. Musical entertainment will be provided by Barry Bird and Coleen Bell.

Image Credit: John McRae Photography

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