Canberra's 2016 Australia Day Ambassador named


Brumbies and Wallabies player David Pocock has been named as the 2016 Australia Day Ambassador for the ACT.

David accepted his Australia Day Ambassador pin today from ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr and said he may seem like an unconventional choice having only moved to Australia as a 14-year-old in 2002.

“Australia is a remarkably diverse land with an equally diverse people, and moving to Australia has offered me and my family a great many opportunities which would not have been possible were it not for the many things that make Australia such a great nation,” David said.

“We have much to be proud of as a nation and Australia Day provides us with an opportunity to celebrate many qualities of our shared lives. We celebrate our rich diversity, we celebrate how we are able to embrace challenges to develop our gifts, skills and talents and to contribute to the common good. 

David said Australia Day is also a day to reflect on how we have dealt with, and continue to deal with, the tragedies of our past.

“We also acknowledge that for Australia’s First Nations People’s it is a very difficult day, commemorating the arrival of the British and some truly terrible parts of our history.

“My hope is that these celebrations will include our intentions to continue to support the equal and life giving opportunities for all of us who are the Australian People.

“So this Australia Day, let’s celebrate what is great about Australia, reflect on our shortcomings and renew our commitment to continuing to make Australia a great nation – so that everyone, from our First People’s to our most recent arrivals (even those that arrive by boat) can live in a truly lucky country,” he said.

You can catch David on Tuesday as part of Canberra’s Australia Day celebrations where he’ll be manning the barbecue in Commonwealth Park and attending the annual Citizenship Ceremony and the Australia Day Fireworks Spectacular.