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Inspiring Australia Day Ambassadors join celebrations across the region

20 January 2017

This Australia Day, our communities across the Western Downs will have the opportunity to meet and be inspired by three high achieving Australia Day Ambassadors who will be sharing their stories at celebrations in Chinchilla, Dalby, Tara, Wandoan and Warra.

Ms Chern’ee Sutton (attending Wandoan celebrations)

Chern’ee Sutton is a 19 year old contemporary Indigenous artist of the Kalkadoon people from Mount Isa, Queensland. Chern’ee’s artwork has been exhibited at the 2014 Australian Open, in cities including Singapore and Hong Kong, and brought by collectors around the world. She also designed the 2015, 2016, and 2017 NRL Indigenous All Stars jersey, as well as the Indigenous markings on the 2018 Commonwealth Games Mascot Borobi.

Miss Chelsea Higgins (attending Chinchilla and Tara celebrations)

Chelsea Higgins story is one of remarkable recovery, after a horrific horse riding accident in which she was crushed beneath her falling horse while competing in the Inter-School Championships, left her unconscious and in an induced coma for nine days. Now a member of the Australian National Squad, Chelsea has received recognition as an outstanding equestrian competitor to become a Rising Star finalist at the Equestrian Queensland Awards as well as representing Australia at the 2014 World Equestrian Games.

Mr Scott Stidston OAM (attending Dalby and Warra celebrations)

Scott Stidston OAM has never allowed the motorcycle injury that left him a quadriplegic limit his contribution to the community and campaigning for those with a disability. A founding member of the Burdekin Disability Advisory Group and Focus on Inclusions Speakers Panel, his tireless advocacy for increased spinal injury awareness has seen significant improvements in infrastructure and services, including the installation of upper torso restraints on all Virgin Australia domestic flights.

Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh said the Australia Day Ambassador program is a great way for our regional communities to meet and be inspired by outstanding Australians from all walks of life.

“Having Australia Day Ambassadors join us at our local celebrations adds another layer of excitement to our already fantastic events, and I’m pleased to be able to welcome Chern’ee Sutton, Chelsea Higgins, and Scott Stidston to the Western Downs,” he said.

“Our Australia Day Ambassadors will be joining with our communities to recognise the achievements of our local heroes, so I encourage our residents to spread the Aussie pride and spirit by coming along to their local Australia Day ceremony.

“I look forward to celebrating what is great about our country and being Australian, applauding our award recipients and gaining inspiration from our special guests this Australia Day.”

For more information about our Australia Day Ambassadors and full list of official ceremonies please visit Council’s website or call 1300 COUNCIL.

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Media Contact:
Cr Paul McVeigh | Western Downs Regional Council Mayor | 0408 700 392