Top musical director announced as Tweed Shire Australia Day Ambassador

International award-winning musical composer and conductor George Ellis, has been named the Tweed Shire’s Australia Day Ambassador for 2016, and will join the Tweed’s celebrations.

With countless stage, screen and classical credits, Mr Ellis is one of Australia’s top musical directors and conductors, presenting concerts in Paris, London, Venice, Rome, Amsterdam, New York, Los Angeles, Athens, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta, just to name a few.

Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Katie Milne, said George Ellis would address the audience as part of the Tweed’s Australia Day celebrations to be held at Kingscliff High School.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have George Ellis visiting us and speaking about his experiences and pride in being an Australian,” Councillor Milne said.

“It is particularly important we acknowledge the local Aboriginal community past and present, who first walked this land many thousands of years ago and pay tribute to their ongoing cultural connections with this beautiful place.  “We are extremely lucky to be Australian, and even more fortunate to live in this special region of the Tweed,” she said.

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Photo: Gondwana rainforest, Border Ranges National Park.  D Palmer, © by Big Volcano Tourism.

“The Federal Government has named the region as one of Australia’s eight National Iconic Landscapes and some of the best remnants in Australia of our ancient Gondwana rainforests, which date back around 100 million years, can still be found in this Shire today.”

George Ellis said being a past Ambassador was extremely memorable, and his favourite thing to do on Australia Day was enjoy a barbecue with great company.

“Serving as an Australia Day Ambassador in beautiful rural NSW these last three years has been my favourite Australia Day experience,” Mr Ellis said.  “I have met some incredibly inspirational and selfless people who love to help others.”

Newly-appointed Australia Day Committee chair Alan Downes, said George Ellis would tap into the cultural side of the Tweed while complementing the region’s traditional Australia Day celebrations.

“Australia Day is a great day to get together with your community with a wide range of family friendly events held at Tumbulgum, Burringbar, Kingscliff, Tyalgum, Pottsville and Jack Evans Boat Harbour,” Mr Downes said.

As details are finalised for the various celebrations throughout the Tweed they will be available at www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/AustraliaDay

For more information, contact Tweed Shire Council on (02) 6670 2400.

Courtesy: Tweed Shire Council Newsroom
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