Australia Day Ambassadors

SONIA SADIQ GHANDI is Australia Day Ambassador at City of Ryde. See our story Ryde ambassador Sonia Sadiq Ghandi to give keynote address

CATHERINE SAXELBY is Australia Day Ambassador at Hunters Hill. See our story Hunters Hill celebrates our national day in Town Hall

Other Australia Day Ambassadors at local events are:


CINDY HAN LIANG PAN is the City of Canada Bay’s Australia Day Ambassador.

Dr Pan is a general practitioner, television personality and author who specialises in sexual health and women’s health.

She attended Abbotsleigh School for Girls, before receiving her medical degree at the University of Sydney.


KUMUD MERANI is the City of Parramatta’s Australia Day Ambassador.

Ms Merani is an award winning Executive Producer of the SBS Hindi Radio Program.

She built her media career on firsts as India’s first female TV anchor before she migrated to Australia to become SBS Worlds News’ first female anchor of an Indian background.


CHRISTOPHER CHENG is Lane’s Cove’s Australia Day Ambassador.

Mr Cheng is an accomplished children’s author who writes fiction and non-fiction full time

He conducts workshops and visits schools as well as serving as the Literacy Ambassador for the Federal Government’s Literacy and Numeracy Week initiative.


SAMANTHA CHIARI is Inner West Council’s Australia Day Ambassador.

Samantha is also a part-time model from a Hispanic background with a strong internet following in Sydney.

She went to Mercedes College and graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Journalism and Professional Writing.