AUSTRALIA Day Ambassador, David Parkin, has encouraged Southern Grampians residents to do all they can to preserve Australia’s status as the lucky country.
The four-time AFL premiership coach with Hawthorn and Carlton was guest speaker at Australia Day events at Hamilton and Penshurst on Sunday.
Parkin said Australia Day for him was a day for recognising the past and making a commitment to the future.
“It’s a day when we recognise the history and we recognise those people who have contributed to making the country a privilege to live in,” he said.
“And I think it’s a day for making a commitment to do what you can do as individual to continue to make the place better.”
Parkin, who confessed to having a real kinship with rural Australia after growing up in Armstrong, north of Ararat, urged shire residents take good care of themselves and their mates and to take time out to think about keeping Australia the lucky country.
Full story in The Spectator on Tuesday, January 28, 2014.