The Australia Day ceremony to be held at the Bingara Museum, January 26 will welcome Mr Mike Bailey, broadcaster, journalist, lecturer and corporate host as the 2012 Australia Day Ambassador and guest speaker for Bingara.
Mike Bailey became one of the most identifiable and credible voices in broadcasting through news reporting and later weather presentation. For over 13 years he has produced news and current affairs programs and documentaries on ABC-TV and the Seven Network. He has hosted AFL telecasts for three seasons. Mike has also presented weather and hosted current affairs and talkback radio programs on 2GB, 2KY, ABC and community and rural radio outlets across NSW.
His work in print journalism included the preparation of an Almanac on Sydney’s weather; a weekly column with The Sun-Herald for seven years; monthly columns in gardening and surfing publications; and occasional freelance travel articles.
Mike Bailey has been Course Coordinator and Lecturer in Journalism at Macleay College in Sydney over more than a decade. He continues to host many functions for numerous corporate and charity groups, and has been a Board member of several charitable organisations.
Mike has been an Australia Day Ambassador since 1999, and among his Awards is the Archbishop of Sydney Citation in recognition of outstanding contribution to Christian ideals in radio and television presented by Cardinal Edward Clancy in 1990.
In 2007, Mike took a look at politics from the inside as Labor candidate for North Sydney in the 2007 Federal Election. He went on to spend a year as Media Adviser and Departmental Liaison Officer for the NSW Minister for Lands, Tony Kelly MLC before coordinating a major climate change project for emergency services in NSW.
Mike Bailey married his wife Helena (former presenter of the Seven Network’s Romper Room) in 1986, and they have a son Michael, born in 1988.
Bingara is looking forward to welcoming him to our town.