AUSTRALIA DAY | Inspiring athlete is our ambassador

Athlete and motivational speaker Nicholas Gleeson will be the Australia Day ambassador at Liverpool's Australia Day awards and citizenship ceremony.

"Blind since 7, Nick has achieved a great deal as an athlete, accessibility advocate, global adventurer and motivational speaker," mayor Wendy Waller said.

"His inspiring strength and drive serve as a powerful reminder of what individuals can do for themselves and others through passion and commitment. He's a fantastic role model and I'm very proud to have someone of such high regard be our Australia Day Ambassador."

Mr Gleeson will also talk about his book The Many Ways of Seeing, his adventures and determination to follow his passion at a free event at Liverpool library 10.30am to 11.30am on Friday, January 24. Signed copies will be available to buy.

"I'm honoured to be this year's Australia Day ambassador," he said. "It's a wonderful opportunity to meet so many inspiring local people and be part of a warm welcome to new citizens."

The council's Australia Day awards and citizenship ceremony will be at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre on Sunday, January 26, 10am to noon. Limited capacity. Expressions of interest to attend:

"With a community rich in cultural diversity, Australia Day is a cherished celebration for thousands of people who have come to call Liverpool home," Mrs Waller said.

The wider community is invited to the council's free, all-ages Australia Day celebration back at Woodward Park on January 26, 5pm to 10pm.

"Liverpool Council's Australia Day is an event not to be missed," Mrs Waller said.

"There will be a stellar line-up of entertainment, great food reflecting our city's diversity, carnival rides and the Channel 10 fireworks spectacular at 9pm."

The mayor said this year the council would collect donations from the NSW Rural Fire Service to support their continued efforts to protect our homes and wildlife from bushfire.