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On 27 July 2017, a Lord Mayoral Minute was presented to City of Newcastle Councillors regarding the establishment of a Newcastle Ambassador Program. The purpose of the Ambassador Program is to highlight the efforts of Novocastrians, across all sectors, both residing in Newcastle and other parts of Australia and the world, in promoting our City, as well as to give promotion to those in our community who work without recognition or acknowledgement. The Program sits within the office of the Chief Executive Officer and is a more informal acknowledgment of excellence.
1. Jackie Gillies with husband Ben Gillies and family
2. YWAM - Youth with a Mission - David Stephenson
3. The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG
4. Dr Peter Davies Newcastle Eye Hospital Foundation
5. Dr Soozy Smith, CEO, Professor John Forbes AM, Founder, Professor Bruce Mann, Chair - Breast Cancer Trials
6. Outgoing University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor Caroline McMillen
7. Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes honouring HMAS Newcastle Commander Anita Sellick with Federal Senator Arthur Sinodinos
8. Director of the National Gallery of Australia, Nick Mitzevich
9. Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand, Cook Islands and Niue, Her Excellency the Hon. Patricia Forsythe AM
10. Colombo Plan Scholars Mr Bill Chua, Professor Cheong Koon Hean, Dr Khaw Boon Wan, Mr Jaspal Singh, Dr Tan Chin Nam, and Dr Peter Tay Buan Huat with The Hon. Stuart Ayres MP, Minister for Enterprise, Investment and Trade; Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes and Port Stephens Mayor Ryan Palmer; and His Excellency The Hon. Will Hodgman, Australian High Commissioner to Singapore.
11. The NRLW Newcastle Knights' 24-woman Premiership-winning squad for 2022 receives the Key to the City at a public civic reception at Newcastle City Hall.
12. Screenwriter and humanitarian Vanessa Alexander receives a Key to the City at the 2023 Lord Mayor's International Women's Day Morning Tea at Newcastle City Hall.
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City of Newcastle acknowledges that we operate on the grounds of the traditional country of the Awabakal and Worimi peoples.
We recognise and respect their cultural heritage, beliefs and continuing relationship with the land, and that they are the proud survivors of more than two hundred years of dispossession.
CN reiterates its commitment to address disadvantages and attain justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of this community.