Shire Australia Day Ambassador announced

Communities around Australia are once again preparing for Australia Day, a day where we get together as a nation to celebrate what’s great about Australia, and being Australian.

Dimboola, Jeparit, Nhill and Rainbow will each host events on Australia Day.

A flag raising ceremony will take place in each town, along with addresses from the Mayor and Australia Day Ambassador.

Awards for Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, and Community Event of the year will also be presented on the day.

Hindmarsh Shire Council is pleased to announce it has received notice that the shire will be hosting Neil Soullier OAM as Hindmarsh’s Australia Day Ambassador for 2020.

Following the 1988 murder of two constables, Neil Soullier OAM joined a group of people to form the Tynan-Eyre Memorial Foundation that later became the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation.

He served as a volunteer and board member for 12 years before becoming CEO. The foundation has gained an institutional awareness throughout Victoria and is Australia’s largest police support organisation.

Mr Soullier introduced Blue Ribbon Day as an annual event and now works with other police agencies and community groups to promote it and other public benefit programs.

He also developed the foundation’s flagship product, Constable T. Bear, which is now one of the most popular collectible teddy bears in the world. Since its inception, the foundation has provided new facilities in public hospitals that treat over 125,000 patients every year and permanent memorials to members of the Victoria Police who have been killed in the line of duty.

He is also a director of the Emergency Services Foundation, an associate member of the Australasian Institute of Policing and an adviser to several other community and not-for-profit organisations. On

Sunday January 26, the formal Australia Day program begins with a breakfast barbeque in Rainbow from 7.30am, followed by another breakfast barbeque  in Jeparit from 9am, a morning tea from 10.30am in Dimboola, and finally a lunchtime barbeque from 12 noon in Nhill.

Hindmarsh Shire Council extends its thanks to the Lions Club of Rainbow, Jeparit Town Committee, Dimboola CWA, Dimboola Town Committee and the Nhill Lions Club for hosting the Australia Day event in their respective towns on Sunday January 26.

“Council appreciates the ongoing efforts of these community groups to celebrate our history, identity and plan future opportunities as Australians – and looks forward to celebrating with you all over the Australia Day weekend,” said Monica Revell, Acting Chief Executive Officer for the Hindmarsh Shire.