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An overwhelming sense of pride washes over Australian media veteran, Tracey Spicer, when she thinks about being named Canterbury-Bankstown’s Australia Day Ambassador.
“It’s a privilege to be an Ambassador for a decade now. Australia Day is a day to celebrate our Country’s rich multicultural history and our future,” she said.
For Mrs Spicer, Canterbury-Bankstown reminds her of everything she is passionate about multiculturalism and sharing stories of triumph over struggle.
“I grew up on the outskirts of Brisbane, in a place very similar to Canterbury-Bankstown. I understand the delights – and challenges – of living in the suburbs,” Mrs Spicer said.
As Council’s guest of honour for Canterbury-Bankstown’s Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony, Mrs Spicer, said she was looking forward to welcoming the areas newest permanent residents and the city’s unsung heroes.
“Too often, Australia lauds sporting heroes instead of the real stars of our communities - the volunteers, and the good Samaritans,” Mrs Spicer said.
“For those joining our Country, I would like to warmly welcome each one of you, and honour your courage in overcoming the hurdles you’ve faced to get here.
“Please, keep sharing your culture with us – Australia is a more colourful place because of this. Stay strong when confronted by ignorance and xenophobia, and reach our to your allies in the community, who also support and value multiculturalism.”
Mrs Spicer has carved a successful career as a journalist, interviewing some of the Country’s most prominent political leaders and influential figures, including former Prime Minister, John Howard.
Over the past three decades, Mrs Spicer has researched, written and produced thousands of news stories, features and columns for Fairfax, News Corp, Channel 9, Network 10, Sky News, The Hoopla, Debrief Daily and Daily Life.
Administrator, Richard Colley, said the city is lucky to have someone of Mrs Spicer’s calibre at this year’s Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony.
16/02/2017 12:11 PM