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MEDIA RELEASE - Sydney Morning Herald editor returns home to shire for Australia Day ceremony

12 January 2018

Heywood born, Tony Wright, now Special Writer and Associate Editor for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald will be guest speaker at this year’s official Australia Day ceremony.

Tony Wright will be guest speaker at both Portland and Heywood Australia Day ceremonies, where the shire’s Community Group of the Year, Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Senior Citizen of the year will be announced, in addition to an Australian Citizenship Ceremony.

Starting his career as a cadet reporter in 1970 with the Portland Observer, Tony then moved on to work at numerous magazines and newspapers in regional and metropolitan Australia.

Glenelg Shire Council Mayor Cr Anita Rank said council was joyed to welcome Tony Wright home to the shire for Portland’s official Australia Day ceremony on Friday 26 January.

“Reporting from most of the world’s continents and many conflict zones, Tony has a wealth of knowledge and has experienced firsthand how truly lucky we are to call Australia home,” Cr Rank said.

“It will be a great opportunity for residents to gain insight to a local’s journey from the shire to a global platform.”

Cr Rank said council also welcomed Victoria’s Emergency Management Commissioner, Craig Lapsley as guest speaker for this year’s Australia Day ceremony in Casterton.

“As director of the Victorian Emergency Services Foundation and the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, Craig has a great understanding of how to best prepare and take care of our community here in the shire,” Cr Rank said.

Cr Rank encourages residents to attend the Australia Day ceremonies throughout the shire this Australia Day.

“With renowned guest speakers and the announcement of our Australia Day award recipients, it will be a great day to come together as a community and celebrate the hard work and volunteer hours many residents have given back to the shire,” she said.

The official Australia Day ceremony will be held at Portland’s Memorial Triangle with a free community breakfast at 8am with official proceedings from 9am to 10am, as well as Casterton’s ceremony at Island Park with free community breakfast at 8am followed by official proceedings from 9am to 9:55am.

A number of community organised Australia Day ceremonies will be hosted throughout the shire on Friday 26 January, including Heywood at the Fitzroy River Bank from 11:30am to 12:30am, Nelson at Bridge Park from 8am and Merino at the Merino Swimming Pool from 11am.

To learn more, please call Glenelg Shire Council’s council support coordinator, Kylie Walford on 03 5522 2294 or email

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