Founder of the Surfrider Foundation in Australia, Brad Farmer OAM, is the 2021 Byron Shire Australia Day Ambassador.
Mr Farmer was awarded the Member of Order of Australia for his lifetime of distinguished voluntary service and is Tourism Australia’s Beach Ambassador.
He grew up on Queensland’s Gold Coast and founded the Surfrider Foundation Australia, Ocean Care Day and the National and World Surfing Reserves movements.
He has notched up 40 years of voluntary advocacy for beach communities.
In 1990, as a young Greenpeace anti-nuclear campaigner in the frozen Soviet Artic, Mr Farmer was imprisoned and interrogated by the then Soviet KGB and released by Presidential Pardon.
Mr Farmer will join Byron Shire Mayor, Simon Richardson, at the Byron Shire Australia Day Awards to be held at the Cavanbah Centre at Ewingsdale on 25 January 2021 at 5:30pm.
Information about Australia Day activities in the Byron Shire is on Council’s website.