Burke and gnomes for Australia Day in Blue Mountains

Oz DayBy Blue Mountains City Council

Australian TV personality and author Don Burke will be the Australia Day Ambassador for the Blue Mountains on Sunday.

Mayor Mark Greenhill said: “Council is looking forward to welcoming Don to our City within a World Heritage Area and sharing the Australia Day celebrations with such an inspirational guest.’’

During his time lecturing at TAFE, Mr Burke was a founding member of: Year of the Tree, Greening Australia and Decade of the Tree & Sustainable Development Australia. He was also Australian Institute of Horticulture – NSW president, during which time he initiated the first environmental weeds legislation in Australia.

He initiated the National Registration Authority for Agricultural & Veterinary Chemicals (now APVMA) for which his primary objective and achievement was to rid Australia of dangerous chemicals.

Blue Mountains Australia Day ambassador Don Burke

Blue Mountains Australia Day ambassador Don Burke

Well known for television programs Burke’s Backyard and Backyard Blitz, Mr Burke has also produced a range of documentaries and published 14 books.

Mr Burke is patron of Retina Australia (NSW), an ambassador for Asbestos Awareness and has been an annual Australia Day Ambassador since 1990.

During Australia Day in the Blue Mountains, he will take part in the citizenship ceremony and Australia Day Awards presentation at Lawson Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre, where the Local Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Sportsperson of the Year will be announced.

Mayor Greenhill and Mr Burke will also attend celebrations at Glenbrook Park for the annual Gnome Convention.

For further information on local Australia Day activities, visit http://www.australiaday.com.au/ or contact the council on (02) 4780 5000.

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