An award-winning journalist, author, story-teller and humanitarian has been named as the Tweed Shire’s Australia Day Ambassador for 2017.
Iain Finlay has spent more than 50 years in the media as a reporter, producer, director and host of national and international radio and television programs and documentaries including ‘This Day Tonight’ and the ground-breaking science and technology series ‘Beyond 2000’.
A Tumbulgum resident for the past 15 years, Mr Finlay was an acclaimed foreign correspondent and has travelled and worked on every continent with a particular interest in South East Asia.
More recently, Mr Finlay and his wife Trish Clark have been central to humanitarian and education initiatives in Asia including building a primary school in a rural village in Laos with funds partly raised in the Tweed.
“Anyone who has travelled in Asia, Africa and South America and has seen poverty and the lack of opportunity there realises we have so much going for us in this country, and Australia Day is a chance to reflect on that,” Mr Finlay said.
“Donald Horne’s description of Australia as ‘the lucky country’ could not be more apt; for the most part we are truly amongst the most fortunate people in the world. However, for those Australians at the bottom of the barrel, in particular many in our own indigenous communities, the phrase still rings very hollow.
“Those of us who have a roof over our heads, a job and a bit of affluence and security, have an obligation to at least think about and perhaps do something for those people in our own country, and elsewhere, who are not as lucky as we are.
Mr Finlay will deliver the Australia Day address on 26 January at the Tweed Shire event to be held at Twin Towns in Tweed Heads.
The Tweed will welcome 50 new citizens from 16 different countries, Tweed Shire Australia Day awards will also be presented including Citizen of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.
Australia Day events will also be held at Tyalgum, Crabbes Creek, Tumbulgum, Burringbar, Kingscliff, Cabarita, and Pottsville.
Official proceedings at Twin Towns start at 11:00am (AEDT/NSW time) for further information please visit http://www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/australiaday