Australia Day ambassadors announced for Mornington Peninsula

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Seven high-achieving Australians will be joining celebrations on the Mornington Peninsula as Australia Day ambassadors this year, giving our community the opportunity to hear their inspirational life stories.

The ambassadors are chosen because of their significant contribution to Australia and come from areas as diverse as computer programming, community volunteering, army veterans and media and entertainment.

The ambassadors are:

Alison Harcourt AO – mathematics and computer science pioneer

Lisa Edwards – Australia entertainment industry veteran

Joseph Cannatelli – managing director of J.C.’s Quality Foods

Roy Francis – volunteer health awareness campaigner

Sabihe McDonald – interpreter and community volunteer

Major General David McLachlan AO – distinguished veteran and former RSL State President

George Donikian – ground-breaking television presenter

They will join official proceedings and celebrations across the Peninsula at the Sorrento Bowls Club, Dromana foreshore, Mornington Park, Sorrento-Portsea RSL, Hastings foreshore, Mount Eliza Village Green and Rosebud Village Green and Rye foreshore respectively.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor Sam Hearn said he was looking forward to a great day with the community this Australia Day.

“I am excited to be welcoming these inspirational Australians to the Peninsula and recognising their important contribution to making Australia a better place.

“They bring their experiences and life stories to our communities, share their passion and commitment to achievement and showcase the values that we share as Australians.

“Australia Day really is a time to acknowledge and celebrate all our people. I encourage everyone to join together with family and friends and take part in our festivities.”

The Australia Day Ambassador Program sends high-achieving Australians to over 300 community celebrations each Australia Day, helping to build on the excitement of Australia day activities in local communities.

Event program on the Peninsula, including official proceeding with ambassadors at each location:

Mornington Park 3-9.30pm

Ambassador Joseph Cannatelli

Nickelodeon’s PAW Patrol live on stage

Amusements, free activities and roving entertainers

Live entertainment on stage

Feature act Kate Ceberano

Fireworks *weather dependent

Rosebud Village Green 9am-1pm

Ambassador George Donikian

Bendigo Bank free breakfast

Fun run/walk (5.3 or 10km options)

Free family fun including pony rides

Two live stages – Indigenous Hip Hop Projects

Barista coffee and food

Devonshire tea and bar

Sorrento Bowls Club 10am-4pm

Ambassador Alison Harcourt AO

Barefoot bowls for all ages

Live local entertainment

Free sausage sizzle

Mount Eliza Village Green 9am-1pm

Ambassador Major General David McLachlan AO

Free Rotary Club BBQ

Live local entertainment

Free kids’ activities

Mount Eliza Farmer’s Market

Hastings Foreshore 9am-2pm

Ambassador Sabihe McDonald

Free Hastings 1st Scouts BBQ

Live local entertainment – Matt Katsis, The Whisky Gypsies

Free kids’ activities

Emu Plains Market on the Foreshore

Dromana Foreshore 8.30am-1.30pm

Ambassador Lisa Edwards

Free breakfast

Live local entertainment featuring Lisa Edwards and FUSION

Free kids’ activities

Rye Foreshore 2-9.30pm

Ambassador George Donikian

Free Lions Club BBQ

Live local entertainment

Feature act The McNaMarr project

Free kids’ activities

Fireworks *weather dependent

Sorrento-Portsea RSL 10.30am-5pm

Ambassador Roy Francis

Free BBQ

Live local entertainment

For full details of Australia Day events across the Mornington Peninsula visit

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