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Western Downs hosts inspirational Australia Day Ambassadors

12 January 2016

Through the Australia Day Ambassador Program, Western Downs residents will have the opportunity to meet and be inspired by three high achieving and proud Australians who will be attending celebrations around our region this Australia Day.


Dr Tim Baker

Dr Tim Baker

Dr Tim Baker      

(attending Miles celebrations)

Tim is an executive coach, organisational psychologist, keynote speaker, post-graduate lecturer, gifted facilitator, master trainer and successful author. Tim is also a husband to wife Carol and father to Georgie and Portia. He is author of six books, conducted over 2,430 seminars, workshops, keynote addresses and coaching programs to over 45,000 people in 11 countries across 21 industry groups. When overseas, what Tim misses most about our country is the unique quality of the Australian people with their smiling, friendly and open nature.


Ross McKinnon AM

Ross McKinnon AM

Ross McKinnon AM, Horticulturist    

(attending Dalby and Jandowae celebrations)

Ross is the retired Curator-in-Charge of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens at Mt Coot-tha which is internationally regarded as one of the world’s leading sub-tropic Botanic Gardens. He is Patron, Life or Honorary Member of 32 horticultural organisations and in 1999 was awarded the Order of Australia for Outstanding Services to Horticulture. Ross’s favourite Australian singer is the late Slim Dusty as he forged a bridge between the city and the bush.


Emeritus Professor Ken Donald AO 

Emeritus Professor Ken Donald AO

Professor Ken Donald AO

(attending Chinchilla and Tara celebrations)

Ken has had a lengthy and illustrious career over 40 years in medical practice, health policy and medical education. In addition to his medical achievements, Ken represented Australia in rugby union from 1957-60 and went on to manage the Wallabies from 1979-81. Ken’s loyalty and commitment to the health of Queenslanders is unrivalled which saw him honoured as a Queensland Great in 2012.


Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Ray Brown welcomes the Australia Day Ambassadors to our region and looks forward to their assistance in presenting the local and regional Australia Day Awards which recognise the achievements of our very own local heroes.

“I urge all our residents to spread the Aussie pride and spirit by attending your local celebration, applauding award recipients and gaining inspiration from our special guests,” he said.

“Australia Day is a time to come together as a nation; reflecting on our national journey; recommitting to make Australia even better, and celebrating what is great about our country and being Australian.”

For more information about Australia Day Ambassadors and a full list of events please visit Council’s website

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