Gilly skippers Australia Day panel
LISMORE'S favourite son, Adam Gilchrist, has been appointed chair of the National Australia Day Council.
The former Australian wicket-keeper will be the 'leading decision-maker' on the panel that determines the Australian of the Year, the Young Australian of the Year, the Senior Australian of the Year and 'Local Hero'.
The council is also responsible for organising cultural celebrations on January 26.
The announcement was made last week by Cabinet Secretary and Special Minister of State, Senator John Faulkner.
“Mr Gilchrist will bring enormous energy and commitment to the work of the Council and I am delighted that he has agreed to take on this important leadership role for our national day,” Mr Faulkner said.
“Adam Gilchrist is acknowledged for his outstanding contribution to Australian cricket. He has demonstrated great drive and leadership throughout his professional career whilst maintaining a high standard of integrity.”
Adam's father, Stan Gilchrist, who lives in Lismore and is involved in junior cricket, said he had heard 'a whisper' of the position.
Stan said apart from the Australia Day Council position, Adam was finishing his autobiography and planning a launch tour in November.
Adam was also in India last week on behalf of Wollongong University, which is looking at setting up a college or campus there. He will be back in India in March for the second Indian Premier League 20/20 series.
“Apart from that he is doing a lot of work for sponsors; speaking at functions, opening stores ... all that VIP stuff,” Stan said.