RAAF Hornet fly past for Oz Day Celebrations in Nelson Bay

RAAF Hornet fly past for Oz Day Celebrations in Nelson Bay

Australia Day Port Stephens baby in mum's armsThe sun was shining, boats in the harbour, yellow sands.

New Australian citizens proudly received their citizenship from Mayor Rob Westbury.

Lee J Collier Marshall lead 1000’s of people singing ‘Advance Australia Fair’ while three hornet jet plans did a fly past.

I loved giving the Australia Day Address celebrating inclusion of all Australians.

I shared my family’s journey as refugees from Hungary finding home here. My first picture book ‘Ships in the Field’ just released celebrates this journey.

There were bands, Port Stephens FM 100.9 who interviewed me at the celebrations, high Airforce support as the major airforce base is at Williamstown and lots of fairy floss. 

Mayor Bob Westbury Port Stephens Council hosted Susanne Gervay Australia Day AmbassadorAustralia Day Port Stephens Council fairy floss

I'm a writer committed to kids in particular. Adults are good too. Want to bring hope through story to my readers. Awarded an Order of Australia, Lady Cutler Award and a Lifetime International Award for Literacy for my body of work, spreading literacy is really important. I'm head of SCBWI Australia East & New Zealand, patron of Monkey Baa Theatre, Ambassador for the Premier's Reading Challenge, Writer Ambassador for Room to Read ... among other roles. I also love heritage and adapting to enhance the lives of people today, which is why I restored The Hughenden Hotel 1870s and The Residences Centennial Park - the only homes in the parklands which are open now for accommodation, events and lots of nature.

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