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Moriarty steps in

Wednesday, 19th January, 2011

John Moriarty is the city's new Australia Day Ambassador. John Moriarty is the city's new Australia Day Ambassador.

The city has a new Australia Day ambassador after TV show host Gretel Killeen pulled out of the job.

Edelman Australia, the PR company for the Australia Day Council of NSW, said yesterday that Ms Killeen had a "prior engagement".

Replacing her will be businessman, author and public speaker John Moriarty.

Mr Moriarty is an artist and the Chairman and co-founder of the Jumbana Group, and principal consultant of John Moriarty & Associates (JM&A).

A full member of the Yanyuwa people of his birthplace, Borroloola, Northern Territory, he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Flinders University, and is a Churchill Fellow. 

Mr Moriarty is also a Board Member of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, a former member of the National Indigenous Council, the National Aboriginal and Islander Health Council, the Australian International Cultural Committee, the Northern Territory Tourist Commission and the SA Museum. 

He is a former Chairman of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board and the National Aboriginal Sports Corporation, and a former Deputy Chairman of Indigenous Business Australia. 

Mr Moriarty is also a recipient of the Order of Australia (AM).

In 1994 he was commissioned by Qantas to design artwork for a Boeing 747-400 aeroplane. The result was the "Wunala Dreaming", first displayed on the Qantas VH-OJB, then on the VH-OEJ. 

A second aeroplane, a Boeing 747-300, was painted in 1995 and is known as "Nalanji Dreaming".

Mr Moriarty, with his wife Ros, established in 1983 a non-government funded enterprise, the Jumbana Group, a leading Aboriginal design and strategy consultancy. 

The local Australia Day celebrations start at 7am on January 26 at the Civic Centre with the Lions Club serving a barbecue breakfast.

A flag raising ceremony will follow and then the Australia Day ceremony will be conducted in the auditorium, beginning with the Citizenship Ceremony.

Award winners will then be announced and certificates and pins will be presented by Mayor Wincen Cuy and the Australia Day Ambassador.

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