TELEVISION and radio personality Graham Ross is Liverpool's Australia Day ambassador.
This is Mr Ross's first visit to Liverpool as an ambassador but he has visited the area previously for work.
The horticulturist was first asked to become an Australia Day ambassador in 2000 after being selected to run with the Olympic torch.
"Since then I've been sent to Bellingen, Coleambally, Tamworth, Rylstone, Nyngan, West Wyalong, Gunnedah and other beaut towns across the state on Australia Day," he said.
"I particularly wanted to meet city and country folk, to share this most important day with them telling stories and listening to their own journeys, often from other lands to Australia.
"I also think it is important that people with a media or public profile give back to the community on this special day, especially to support the recognition of high achievers, both young and old, in the community."
Mr Ross is the only original presenter on Channel 7's Better Homes and Gardens television show which started in 1995.
He also broadcasts the Garden Clinic Radio Show on 2GB every weekend and has done for the past 32 years.
Mr Ross's career in horticulture spans more than 50 years. He is only the fourth Australian to be awarded the Gold Veitch Memorial Medal since Queen Victoria instigated it in 1870.
The medal was presented to him at the Royal Hampton Court Palace in London in 2011.
That same year, the Horticultural Media Association of Australia presented him with the Gold Laurel Hall of Fame award for his work in the gardening and horticultural media, and the Radio Laurel for broadcasting the Garden Clinic Radio Show.
He was presented with the inaugural Horticultural Media Association of Australia Electronic Laurel in 2000 for both his radio and television career.
Mr Ross was an Australian of the Year finalist in 2010.