Media star ambassador
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 –