Narelle Campbell named Cessnock’s Australia Day Ambassador

Cessnock City Council is excited to announce Narelle Campbell as our 2018 Australia Day Ambassador, who will no doubt give an interesting address at our official Australia Day celebrations after leading four ‘over winter’ teams in the remote Australian Antarctic Territory.

Cessnock City Council is excited to announce Narelle Campbell as our 2018 Australia Day Ambassador, who will no doubt give an interesting address at our official Australia Day celebrations after leading four ‘over winter’ teams in the remote Australian Antarctic Territory.  

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent said he looks forward to welcoming Narelle to the local government area and learning about her personal experiences.   

“It will be a privilege to hear from Narelle, who was a finalist in the 2015 NSW ‘Australian of the Year’ and has had an exceptionally adventurous life.”  

“It’s pretty difficult to imagine what it would be like to experience some of the worlds most isolated and hostile conditions.”  

Narelle lived and worked in temperatures below minus 40 degrees as a Station Leader at Mawson in 2008, Casey in 2010, Macquarie Island in 2012 and Davis Station in 2014.    

This included her working alongside biologists on the Emperor Penguin Project and contributing to the protection of a pristine and fragile wilderness.  

It was no easy feat living in such an isolated location with no fly in fly out luxuries which saw Narelle having to step up during emergencies including medical evacuations and aircraft recovery incidents.  

Council encourages residents to attend the Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony and Australia Day Awards to hear Narelle speak about her life and experiences from the frozen continent.

The event commences at 10am at the East Cessnock Bowling Club.  

Narelle said she is absolutely honoured, proud and humbled to be an Australia Day Ambassador.  

“Australia day to me is a wonderful way to respect our country and see all the communities across our nation come together, no matter what background or walk of life. It is a time we can all think along the same theme.”  

Australia Day Celebrations also include:    

  •  Free BBQ Lunch, 12pm, East End Oval
  •  Twenty20 Mayoral Cup Cricket Match, 12.30pm, East End Oval
  •  Trophy Presentation, 3:30pm, East End Oval        

     1/16/2018