Music and dance for Australia Day in Bingara

December 28, 2010

Country Music Award Winner Amber Lawrence will visit Bingara with the Special Olympics Dance Performance Group.

The 2011 Australia Day Ambassadors have been announced, and Bingara is excited to welcome 15 wonderful Ambassadors to our region for what will be the biggest and best Australia Day celebrations so far!

Amber Lawrence & The Special Olympics Dance Group

The Special Olympics Dance Performance Group and Country Music Award Winner Amber Lawrence will visit Bingara as the official Australia Day Ambassadors on 26 January 2011.

Local community members will be able to meet and celebrate with Amber and the Special Olympics Dancers at a wide range of events on and around Australia Day.

Highlights of the program include a  concert on the evening before Australia Day, and a number of appearances both in Bingara and Warialda on Australia Day. The group will also visit “Jackeroo/Jillaroo Downunder” as guests of John and Cathy Wade, for a real farm experience.

Melissa Eustace, Special Olympic dancer and athlete says “my dancing friends and I are so excited to visit Bingara and see how regional communities celebrate our National Day. We are very proud Australia Day Ambassadors and can’t wait to perform with our friend Amber Lawrence once again!”

This trip will be supported and filmed by the Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care as part of the 2011 ‘Don’t Dis my Ability’ campaign.

John Wearne, member of the Gwydir Shire Council Special Events Committee said “We are delighted to be hosting both Amber and the Special Olympics Dance Group and we look forward to showing them around our town. Supporting the visit of the entire dance group is a great initiative of Ageing, Disability and Home Care, and we are proud to be associated with it.” 

The Australia Day Ambassador Program proudly sponsored by Woolworths, sends high achieving Australians to community celebrations across the country to share the Australia Day spirit and participate in activities as diverse as the communities in which they are held. Ambassadors take part in giving the key note Australia Day address and often assist in the presentation of local awards.

The Special Olympics Dancers are a group of intellectually disabled teenagers and young adults who have been performing for audiences all around the country since they formed in 2006. The group have been Australia Day Ambassadors since 2007 and have performed with Amber on several occasions to rapturous applause. Aged between 15 and 30, the dance group comprises 14 members.  Already they have been Australia Day Ambassadors to City of Sydney, Narrabeen and Newcastle.

Singer/songwriter Amber Lawrence is enjoying  a stellar career , and last year was nominated for 3 Golden Guitars at the Tamworth Country Music Festival. These were for APRA Song of the Year (“When it all comes Down”), Video Clip of the Year (“Don’t do Lonely Well”) and Female Artist of the Year. 

At the awards she was awarded the Telstra Horizon Award, which commends a young artist for their success in touring, recording , songwriting and performing. She has been a regular guest on “Sunrise”, “The Morning Show” and  “Mornings with Kerri-Anne”, and has been featured in Cosmopolitan and the Australian Magazine.

Gwydir Shire Deputy Mayor Cr. Catherine Egan says that the whole of the shire can be proud to have been invited to host the Special Olympics Dance Performance Group and Amber Lawrence.

“They will be great ambassadors, and will enrich the Bingara and Warialda communities with their warmth, energy and enthusiasm”, she told the Advocate.  “Their concert at the Roxy will be one of the highlights of our year”, she added.

The Australia Day Ambassador Program has been proudly presented by Woolworths since 2001.