Meet this year’s Australia Day Ambassador

Rosalie Martin.

FORMER Tasmanian Australian of the Year Rosalie Martin has been named as this year’s Australia Day Ambassador for the Derwent Valley.

The speech pathologist, criminologist and facilitator will be the guest speaker at tomorrow’s Australia Day event at the New Norfolk Esplanade.

In 2013 Mrs Martin founded Chatter Matters Tasmania, to bring literacy and parent-child attachment programs to Risdon Prison. This work led to her being named the Tasmanian Australian of the Year in 2017.

WHAT TO DO ON AUSTRALIA DAY TOMORROW

The Australia Day Ambassador program sends high-achieving Australians to more than 300 community celebrations nationwide. Ambassadors include past recipients of Australian of the Year Awards, sportspeople, scientists, businesspeople, actors and community workers who provide inspiration and pride to Australia Day events and activities. Several of the ambassadors are Derwent Valley people, including Dana Faletic, Sally Wise and Diana Butler.

The Derwent Valley Council encourages participation at its main Australia Day event on the Eplanade tomorrow from 10am. Activities include free family fun, live music, a free sausage sizzle, face painting and more. The event will kick off with the Derwent Valley Fun Run and Walk and will conclude with the third annual Colour Run will be held. Official proceedings start at noon, followed by the presentation of the 2020 Australia Day Awards.

The Maydena community will stage its traditional Australia Day walk to Junee Cave and back, starting from the local playground at 10am, followed by a barbecue lunch, as well as fun and games for all ages.

The New Norfolk and Bushy Park swimming pools will once again offer free entry, a sausage sizzle and Australia Day fun and games, from 10am.

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