AUSTRALIA DAY | Inspiring children’s author is Liverpool’s Australia Day Ambassador

Children’s author and speaker SusanneGervay, OAM, will be the Australia Day Ambassador at Liverpool’s Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony.

Liverpool mayor WendyWaller said: “It’s my pleasure to welcome Susanne to join the council at our ceremony. She’s no stranger to Liverpool, having brought smiles to the faces of children and their parents when visiting our libraries in the past.

“We’re very proud to have a woman of such high regard join us as ambassador and to mark this special occasion a selection of her much-loved children’s books will be displayed at Liverpool City and CarnesHill libraries from January 21.”

Ms Gervay said she was delighted to return to Liverpool as the ambassador. “I’m honoured,” she said. “It’s such a wonderful opportunity to meet so many inspiring local people, whether they’ve done something great for the environment, in sport or in another meaningful way, as well as be part of a warm welcome to new Australian citizens.”

“In addition to my official duties on the day, I’ll be presenting our younger award winners with a signed copy of one of my books as a personal thank-you for their contribution to the Liverpool community.”

The council’s Awards and Citizenship Ceremony is at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre on January 26, from 10am to noon. Due to limited capacity, expressions of interest for people to attend can be sent to 

“With a community rich in cultural diversity, Australia Day is a cherished celebration for thousands of people who’ve come to call Liverpool home,” Ms Waller said.

“It’s great to recognise new Australian citizens and the outstanding achievements of people in our community at such a special time of year.”

“Those lucky few to get citizenship this coming Australia Day will also get a commemorative gold coin as a gift from the council on behalf of the Department of Home Affairs to mark 70 years since citizenship was introduced into Australian law.”

“I look forward to Susanne Gervay joining councillors and I to welcome our newest citizens and recognise those in our community who are accomplishing wonderful feats.”

Award categories: Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Health Award, Fraser Environment Award, Sports Award, Senior Citizen Award, Cultural and Arts Award and Macquarie Award.

Everyone is invited to the council's free all-ages Australia Day celebration at Woodward Park in Liverpool on Saturday, January 26, 5pm to 10pm.

Susanne Gervay

Sydney-born Susanne Gervay is an international author and speaker who has addressed audiences from New York to Delhi on the power of story to create discussion in diverse areas, including disability, multiculturalism, bullying, inclusion and peace. As a child of parents who went through the Holocaust, books were Susanne’s source of escape and comfort. Books provided her with the courage and drive to inspire, educate and advocate for young people as a writer, mentor and speaker in a 20-year career. Her books have been translated into several languages, including Turkish and Bahasa, and have earned her awards and endorsements from literary and arts organisations in Australia and beyond. She got the Order of Australia for Children’s Literature in 2011 and is an active Ambassador for the Premier’s Reading Challenge in NSW. She previously visited Liverpool and Casula libraries to read her books to children.