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Australia Day Ambassador announced for Gosford City

17-01-2010 11:00 PM

Award winning journalist Bruce Elder has been announced as Gosford City's 2010 Australia Day National Ambassador.

Bruce has been involved in the writing of over 60 books and he has worked as a print and radio journalist in both London and Sydney.

Gosford City Australia Day Committee Chairman, Councillor Jim Macfadyen says he is thrilled to welcome Bruce Elder to the Australia Day 2010 celebrations in Gosford City.

"It's an honour to have Bruce join us on Australia Day. An Ambassador's role on the day is important as they'll add to the high calibre of community spirit and pride we have here in Gosford City. 

"With Bruce's extensive knowledge and understanding of our country and its people over the years, I'm sure the local community will enjoy having him as our National Ambassador for 2010 ", said Clr Macfadyen. 

Currently a full time employee of the Sydney Morning Herald, Bruce is additionally a weekly guest on the ABC's Tony Delroy Nightlife program which is broadcast on over 150 stations around Australia.

As a writer, his publications have included a study in 1998 of the massacres and maltreatment of Australian Aborigines titled Blood on the Wattle. It has been in print for the past 21 years and was selected as one of the ten most influential works of non-fiction published in Australia in the twentieth century.

That same year, Elder started working on a comprehensive travel guide to Australia, known as Walkabout.

His research involved travelling over 200 000 km and is now two million words long. His most recent book 1015 Things to See and Do in Australia is a product of this research.

Elder, who is on the board of Lifeline South Coast, has been an Australia Day Ambassador travelling around New South Wales and performing civic duties for the Australia Day Council for the past twelve years.

Local Masterchef hero Julie Goodwin will also represent Gosford City on the day as the Local Australia Day Representative.

Bruce Elder and Julie Goodwin will attend ceremonies on Australia Day at Wagstaffe, Woy Woy and Gosford, as well as the citizenship ceremony at the Laycock Street Theatre.