Tropical Light ambassadors raising profile of Territory’s capital

Northern Territory Major Events Company

The final three ambassadors have been announcedas part of the Bruce Munro: Tropical Light Community Engagement Program.

Darwin residents Elena Gomatos, Alex McInnesand Huijia (Vicky) Liu have been selected as ambassadors representing a broadcross-section of the community.

The three Territorians represent people over45-years-old, living with a disability and speaking English as a secondlanguage respectively.

The ambassador role requires successfulapplicants to create content that captures the complete Tropical Lightexperience and share that content publicly through their social media channels,using the hashtag #tropicfun.

Ambassadors and the photos and videos theyproduce, will be promoted through the exhibitions website, and Instagram andFacebook accounts, providing a local voice for local experiences.

There are now six successful Tropical Light ambassadors who will all partake in one Tropical Light tour experience and oneDarwin tourist experience, while being filmed by the Tropical Light media crewto share on social media.

Other ambassadors include Darwin residentsJerusha Harper-Ceylani, Cat Hart and Nicole Brown who have taken on the youngfamily ambassador, arts enthusiast ambassador and Aboriginal/Torres StraitIslander ambassador roles respectively.

Ambassadors:

Over 45-years-old ambassador Elena Gomatos:

Born andbred in Darwin, Elena Gomatos is 50-years-old and has three children.

As a local business woman and someone who ispassionate about revitalising the Darwin CBD, Elena cannot wait to share herDarwin experiences through the Bruce Munro: Tropical Light Ambassador Program.

Living with a disability ambassador Alex McInnes:

Twenty-six-year-old Alex McInnes has lived inDarwin all his life and is looking forward to representing people with adisability as an ambassador for the Bruce Munro: Tropical Light Exhibition.

Alex, who has learning difficulties, lovesDarwin and is keen to show the community what people with disabilities can dothrough his new role.

Speaking English as a second language ambassador Huijia(Vicky) Liu:

Twenty-fouryear-old Huijia (Vicky) Liu is currentlystudying at Charles Darwin University and speaks Mandarin, Cantonese andEnglish.

Vicky lovesthe easy going nature of the city and the community, and cannot wait toconvince others that Darwin is the best city in Australia through her new role.

As noted by Northern Territory Major Events Company (NTMEC) General Manager Tim Watsford:

Its very exciting to announce the final threeambassadors Elena Gomatos, Alex McInnes and Huijia (Vicky) Liu as the over45-year-old, living with a disability and speaking English as a second languageambassadors.

Id like to congratulate Elena, Alex and Huijia (Vicky) on their ambassador roles andlook forward to seeing how they share their experiences of Tropical Light andDarwin with the wider community.

Its fantastic to see theambassador component of the Community Engagement Program up and running, givingmembers of the public opportunities to become involved in Bruce Munros largestcity-wide exhibition Tropical Light.

Quotesfrom 45-years plus ambassador Elena Gomatos:

Tropical Light is an amazing project forDarwin. Its a fantastic opportunity to showcase spaces in the city getpeople thinking.

Its going to bring a lot of good things toDarwin and I cant wait to see the Water Towers on the sea wall.

As noted by living with a disability ambassador AlexMcInnes:

Darwin is a very easy going place. Most thingsare only about five or ten minutes apart from each other and it is a veryfriendly city to live in. Its pretty easy to negotiate as someone living witha disability.

I want to encourage other people to come tothe Northern Territory and Darwin for a great experience. There are a lot ofamazing things to do, even though we live in a small city.

As noted by English as a second language ambassador Huijia(Vicky) Liu:

I really want to inspire other people to cometo Darwin and the Northern Territory.

Theres so much natural beauty in the city andsurrounding it and so many great things you can do here.

Darwin is unique, and its such an honour tobe able to share this beautiful place in my new role.”

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