Australia Day moves to Narooma Surf Beach

EUROBODALLA will celebrate Australia Day with a special awards ceremony at Moruya on Friday, January 24 and with three major celebrations at Batemans Bay, Moruya and Narooma on Sunday, January 26.

Eurobodalla’s newest Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year will be announced at the award ceremony on January 24 at the Moruya RSL Hall from 6pm.

The ceremony will also announce the 2014 recipients of the Jeff Britten Award for the Pursuit of Excellence, local Achievement and Sports Achievement Awards and the Community Event of the Year Award.

Health and wellbeing advocate, author and chief executive officer of the Quest for Life Foundation, Petrea King, will be this year’s Australia Day Ambassador at the Narooma event.

Producer and Australian film industry advocate, Allanah Zitserman, will be the ambassador at Batemans Bay and Moruya.

In Narooma, the festivities will be held for the first time on the main beach next to the Narooma Surf Life Saving Club and begin with breakfast on the beach at 8am followed by a flag-raising at 10am and the presentation of this year’s Narooma district Australia Day awards.

See the full program in a special feature in next week’s Narooma News.

Catriona at Cobargo

BEGA Valley Shire’s 2014 Australia Day Ambassador is Catriona Rowntree, who is also known as “Australia’s Most Travelled Woman”.

Catriona over the years has visited the Narooma district planting trees on Montague Island a few years back.

She will speak at the official Australia Day ceremony on Sunday 26 January, in Littleton Gardens, Bega, and later at the Cobargo ceremony hosted by the Cobargo branch of the Country Women’s Association.

Catriona earned her “Most Travelled” tag after more than 16 years at the helm of Australia's favourite travel show, Getaway, on Channel Nine.

Her television career began after she completed a Diploma of Journalism at Macleay College in 1990, followed by stints researching at BRW and various Sydney newsrooms.

In addition to her TV roles, she has been able to utilise her passion for community work as the patron of the Arnotts Foundation, Ambassador for OCRF, Mission Australia and Phillip Island Penguins.

In 2010, Catriona was delighted to honour her husband’s role as Chairman of the Geelong Landcare Network by becoming an Australian Landcare Ambassador, and in 2012 she also became the Ambassador for Year of the Farmer.

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