2017 Australia Day Ambassadors Announced

Published on 10 January 2017



Gannawarra Shire Council is pleased to announce it has the pleasure of hosting two Australia Day Ambassadors for Australia Day in 2017.

Mayor Brian Gibson said it’s a privilege to be able to welcome the Ambassadors to Gannawarra Shire.

“It will be wonderful to have these special guests visit the Shire and to help us celebrate on a day where we are able to reflect on our national journey; acknowledge our past, rejoice in the present and look confidently to our future,” Mayor Gibson said.

The ambassadors for each community are listed below:

  • Mr John Forbes (OAM KSJ) for Kerang and Leitchville
  • Ms Sally Nolan for Koondrook and Cohuna

“Along with my fellow Councillors, I look forward to welcoming Sally and John to Gannawarra for the Australia Day celebrations. I am confident that each community they are visiting will host a fantastic day and it will be enjoyed by all,” Mayor Gibson said.

The Australia Day Ambassador Program sends high achieving Australians to over 300 community celebrations nationwide every Australia Day.

Ambassadors were not able to be provided at all locations this year, so some communities will organise local guest speakers for their celebrations.

The Australia Day Ambassador Program is coordinated by Australia Day Councils and Committees in each state and territory.

For more information on Australia Day celebrations across the Shire, please visit www.gannawarra.vic.gov.au

For more information please contact Council on 5450 9333 or visit council’s website



Sally Nolan

Sally Nolan is a senior sports business professional experienced in sales and business development, sponsorship and commercial partnerships, marketing and event management within professional sporting organisations and major event venues.  Sally is currently employed by Cricket Australia as the Hospitality Sales Manager for Victoria. Vivacious and with a great zest for life, Sally has continually challenged the status quo by going out and getting what she wants in life by setting goals and constantly working towards achieving them.   She is a passionate sports business professional leveraging relationships to achieve outstanding commercial results. She prides herself on understanding specific client needs and providing a solution to help their business, whatever that may be. She is very fortunate to have a strong developing personal network and considers many clients as friends. She is a hardworking and driven person and has a clear focus on her goals.  After completing a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Hospitality Studies at RMIT University Melbourne, Sally commenced a career in hospitality, working at Government House in Victoria and managing corporate hospitality facilities at iconic Melbourne events, including the F1 Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne Fashion Festival, Spring Racing Carnival at Flemington and the AFL football and Cricket events held at the MGC.  Her love of food and wine led her to managing the gourmet food and hospitality outlets within the famed David Jones Foodhall in the 90s, and to her work in the opening and operation of the Georges Foodstore.  She then went onto combine hospitality, wellness and sport at organisations including The Park Hyatt, The Mansion Hotel and The Heritage Golf & Country Club in the Yarra Valley. She now finds herself right back where she started out facilitating amazing experiences for people at the MCG during the cricket and football seasons. She feels extremely lucky to be an Australia Day Ambassador and to be sharing the day with communities around Victoria on this very important day.


John Forbes (OAM KSJ)

Educated: Mitiamo Primary School, Ivanhoe Grammar School


  • Primary Producer – 1958  
  • Radio Executive, 3BO, 3CV 1979 – 1983
  • CEO Loddon Campaspe Regional Sports Assembly 1984 – 1985  
  • Marketing Executive of Vic Sports 1986  
  • National Promotions Manager, Puma Australia 1986

Life Memberships:

  • Mitiamo Football and Netball Club
  • Loddon Valley Football League 
  • Puma Corporate Cup Runners Club
  • Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation – Tynan-Eyre Memorial Foundation
  • XLI Club 
  • Sunshine and Western Region Sports Club


  • Patron, XLI Club 2006
  • Knight of St John 2004
  • Order of Australia Medal in 2001
  • Olympic Torch Bearer in 2000


  • Wife Fay, two sons – David and Peter, six grandchildren  


  • Chairman of the Victorian Police Blue Ribbon Foundation – Tynan-Eyre Memorial Foundation, been Chairman since 11/11/1988, which has raised in excess of $5m since its inception in 1988 towards trauma facilities at public hospitals in memory of the policeman and policewomen who have lost their lives in service to the people of Victoria.



Date: 10 January 2017

Media contact: Katrina Thorne T. 03 5450 9333 M. 0409 616 627