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2019 Australia Day Ambassador announced for Gunnedah

8 January 2019

Two time world superbike champion Warwick Nowland will be joining Gunnedah for 2019 Australia Day celebrations as the Shire’s official Ambassador.

Warwick grew up in a small country town and learnt to ride motorcycles in his backyard. From there his passion for the sport and desire to be the world champion drove him to his current success, with two endurance world champion titles under his belt (2000 and 2002). He was also the winner of the LeMans 24 hour event in 2004. He now spends his time between Sydney and the UK.

In 2009, Warwick and his partner Kristie became parents for the first time. He says his son Aston brings “another chapter of success but also motivation to aim for even greater goals at home and internationally”.

Warwick is also an ambassador for the RSPCA, Royal Children’s Hospital, Australia Breast Cancer Research Foundation and The Pink Ribbon Motorcycle Ride.

Warwick will be the official ambassador at Gunnedah’s Australia Day festivities, including the Australia Day Awards Dinner to be held on January 25.

Australia Day Committee Chair and Gunnedah Shire Councillor Rob Hooke said the Australia Day Ambassador Program was a wonderful opportunity for great Australians to share their experiences and stories while celebrating with local communities.

“This is a great opportunity for the Gunnedah community to meet and gain inspiration from Australians who have achieved great things, and we feel very fortunate to be part of the Ambassador program,” Cr Hooke said.

“Gunnedah’s Australia Day Celebrations never disappoint, and I look forward to spending Australia Day with Warwick, and showing him how Australia Day is celebrated in our community.

“We are excited for our 2019 program, especially with the upgraded pool complex being open. There will be so many activities and events to be held across our Shire and I hope the community comes together to celebrate and join in all the fun,” Cr Hooke concluded.

Tickets for the Australia Day Awards Dinner on Friday, 25 January at the Gunnedah Town Hall are $30 and available from or in-person at Gunnedah Shire Council or the Visitor Information Centre. Nominations for the awards have been extended until 5.00pm on 14 January 2019. Nomination forms are available to download from

The 2019 Australia Day Program for the Gunnedah Shire will soon be released.

For more information regarding the 2019 Australia Day events contact Cultural Precinct Supervisor Lauren Mackley on (02) 6740 2100 or 

Photo Caption: Australia Day Ambassador Warwick Nowland with his son Aston.


Media Contact: Ashley Gardner 6740 2100.