Celebrities turn out for Australia Day
A SWAG of celebrities will help Northern Rivers' communities celebrate Australia Day.
Lyndey Milan has been announced as the 2018 Australia Day ambassador for Lismore.
She is a familiar face on television and in print, and has been working in food and wine for more than 30 years.
Her glittering career has produced nine best-selling cookbooks, eight TV series and a stint as the food director of The Australian Women's Weekly.
Lismore Mayor Isaac Smith said the Northern Rivers was a hotspot for fresh produce.
"So we're sure Lyndey will enjoy her visit to the region,” he said.
"She has a long list of accomplishments to her name and we are honoured to welcome her to be our guest on the day, give the annual Australia Day address and help present our 2018 Australia Day Awards.”
Lyndey is creative director of international TV production and distribution company Flame Media and, during her eight years as co-host of Fresh with The Australian Women's Weekly, she regularly hosted some of the biggest names in the business including Jamie Oliver, Rick Stein and Gordon Ramsay.
Lyndey Milan's Taste of Australia continues to screen internationally and her most recent TV series is Lyndey Milan's Summer Baking Secrets.
"I will be speaking on what it means to be Australian and, given my background, talking about Australian food and wine and the importance of regional communities and their individual characters,” she said.
Lismore's 2018 Australia Day Awards ceremony will be held on Friday, January 26, from 8.30am at Lismore City Hall.
It will include a citizenship ceremony followed by a free morning tea.
Youngest round-the-world solo sailor Jessica Watson will deliver a special address at the Ballina Shire Council ceremony.
Jessica was just 16 years old when she sailed into Sydney Harbour in May 2010, having achieved her dream of sailing around the world non-stop and unassisted.
The Australia Day ceremony will start at 10am on January 26 in the Lennox Community Centre.
Kyogle's Australia Day festivities will be held at the Kyogle Memorial Hall from 9am with the Kyogle Lions Club serving up a free traditional Aussie morning tea of billy tea and damper.
The official ceremony will start at 10am and will include the presentation of the Australia Day Awards and performances of poems and songs that tell the story of rural Australians in line with this year's theme Everyone, Every Story.
Australia Day Ambassador Dr Ross Walker will deliver the Australia Day address.
He is an eminent practising cardiologist with a passion for preventative cardiology and who strives to raise public awareness of heart health.
Entry to the Kyogle pool will be free as part of the town's Australia Day celebrations.