Green thumb royalty Camden Australia Day ambassador

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Camden’s 2022 Australia Day ambassador will be radio broadcaster and television gardening presenter and author Graham Ross.

He will welcome new citizens and give out Australia Day awards at the invite-only citizenship and awards ceremony on January 26 in the Camden civic centre.

The acclaimed horticulturist said he was honoured to be the Australia Day ambassador for Camden in his 20th year in the position.

“I recognise Camden has a special place in our nation with a 50,000-year history, a legendary role in the founding of Australia and an active contemporary role today but retaining much of the rural lifestyle we appreciate,” Mr Ross said.

“Being Australian is an exciting opportunity to celebrate our country’s achievements and live a lifestyle unique in the world, discuss our future potential especially with our youth, learn more about our First Nations people and experience the benefits of a cosmopolitan community that is Australia today.’’

Mr Ross is also well-known for his radio work with plenty of listener feedback coming from the Camden community.

“It’s incredible to have Mr Ross as Camden’s Australia Day ambassador for 2022,’’ a council spokesperson said.

“We have had some truly fantastic ambassadors in the past, people that really embody what it means to be Australian, and Mr Ross is no exception.

“We look forward to having him help us welcome our residents as official Australian citizens on such an exciting day.

“Becoming an Australian citizen on Australia Day is truly special and it will be fantastic to see 30 residents from 17 countries become Aussies.

“In 2021, we saw 533 residents become Australian citizens, and Australia Day 2022 will kick off another big year for our diverse community.

“Our new citizens and Australia Day award recipients will also be lucky enough to hear from Graham Ross who will share his own story and what being Australian means to him.”

Council is busily putting together an exciting program of events to celebrate out beautiful and diverse nation, and everyone who is lucky enough to call it home.

The day will include a community event held, for the first time ever, at Camden Town Farm, from 8am to 1pm. More details will be made available closer to Australia Day.

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