Me­dia star am­bas­sador

Southern Riverina news - - AUSTRALIA DAY CELEBRATIONS 2019 -

Me­dia guru Emma Rossi (pic­tured) will be the guest of hon­our at the Ed­ward River Coun­cil Aus­tralia Day cer­e­mony this Satur­day.

As the Aus­tralia Day am­bas­sador, she will be front and cen­tre at cel­e­bra­tions in De­niliquin’s War­ing Gar­dens.

Deputy Mayor Pat Fog­a­rty, who chairs coun­cil’s Aus­tralia Day Com­mit­tee, said in ad­di­tion to her long as­so­ci­a­tion with the me­dia, Ms Rossie is an ac­tive women’s and chil­dren’s safety ad­vo­cate.

‘‘Emma has en­joyed a highly suc­cess­ful ca­reer in the me­dia in­dus­try over the past 30 years, first in broad­cast jour­nal­ism as a news­reader and for­eign cor­re­spon­dent for Na­tional Nine News, Seven Net­work and Sky News, then as an ex­ec­u­tive with the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s me­dia reg­u­la­tor, and now as direc­tor of me­dia and com­mu­ni­ca­tions for the com­pe­ti­tion and con­sumer watch­dog, the ACCC,’’ Cr Fog­a­rty said.

‘‘Emma has been a prom­i­nent spokesper­son on a wide range of pub­lic pol­icy is­sues, in­clud­ing cy­ber safety, the Do Not Call Reg­is­ter and broad­cast breaches and in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

‘‘While mem­bers of the pub­lic may know her best from her work as a news­reader and pre­sen­ter on pro­grams such as News, Sun­day Sun­rise and Syd­ney Week­ender, the ad­vo­cacy work Emma has un­der­taken out­side of her roles in the me­dia in­dus­try is truly im­pres­sive.

‘‘A vo­cal ad­vo­cate for ad­vanc­ing the sta­tus of women, Emma has taken on a na­tional lead­er­ship role in im­prov­ing the on­line safety for Aus­tralian women flee­ing do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and was in­stru­men­tal in es­tab­lish­ing Mary’s House, a refuge in Syd­ney’s lower North Shore for women and chil­dren.’’

Ms Rossi said she is ex­cited to be cel­e­brat­ing Aus­tralia Day in the Ed­ward River re­gion.

‘‘Hav­ing had a farm in the fam­ily all my life, I’m a bush girl at heart and cur­rently serve on a health char­ity board, Ac­tive Farm­ers, which is about pro­mot­ing strong phys­i­cal and men­tal health out­comes,’’ she said.

‘‘I’m thrilled to be head­ing to De­niliquin for Aus­tralia Day and am re­ally look­ing for­ward to meet­ing as many lo­cals as pos­si­ble, so please come say ‘hi’ in Deni.’’

Aus­tralia Day cel­e­bra­tions will kick off with the Ro­tary Club Com­mu­nity Break­fast from 7.30am, fol­lowed by the Aus­tralia Day Awards and cit­i­zen­ship cer­e­mony at 9am.

Our 2019 Aus­tralia Day Award re­cip­i­ents are: Cit­i­zen of the Year – Young Cit­i­zen of the Year – Se­nior Arts and Cul­ture Award – Ju­nior Arts and Cul­ture Award – Se­nior Sports Award – Ju­nior Sports Award – Com­mu­nity Event or Ini­tia­tive of the Year - Bill Her­mis­ton Memo­rial Land­care and En­vi­ron­ment Award/En­vi­ron­men­tal Cit­i­zen Award –

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