Acclaimed author and youth advocate to speak on Australia Day

Published on 05 January 2017

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Northern Grampians Shire Council has announced ambassadors for its jam-packed Australia Day celebrations in Stawell and St Arnaud. Author, lawyer and teacher Alice Pung will headline activities in Stawell, while youth advocate Tony Luo will address crowds in St Arnaud.

Mayor Cr Tony Driscoll said he was thrilled to be welcoming the inspirational speakers to the shire.

“Every year we are lucky enough to have two high-achieving guests speak at Australia Day events in Stawell and St Arnaud, and this year’s ambassadors well and truly fit this bill. Ms Pung and Mr Luo are doing some incredible work in their fields and I know they are looking forward to sharing their stories with our local residents,” he said.

Ms Pung is the author of Her Father’s Daughter and Unpolished Gem and the editor of Growing up Asian in Australia, and has received enormous critical acclaim for her writing. A qualified lawyer, Ms Pung works in the area of minimum wage law; and is the current Artist in Residence at Janet Clarke Hall, the University of Melbourne.

Mr Luo is a youth advocate for multicultural affairs, urban development, community engagement and social entrepreneurship. Fascinated by studies of the built environment, Mr Luo aspires to be an influential strategic urban planner and social entrepreneur.

Cr Driscoll said locals could look forward to a traditional breakfast ceremony in St Arnaud which will include the presentation of Australia Day Awards. He said Stawell’s Australia Day celebrations would feature an afternoon pool party at the Leisure Complex, followed by entertainment, award presentations, a citizenship ceremony and fireworks at Cato Park during the evening.