Tatiara District Council has proudly announced that Francene Connor has been selected to take on the role as the district’s 2019 Australia Day Ambassador and will share in community festivities on January 26, where Australia Day awards will be presented.
Francene has worked in events marketing and public relations for over 30 years and has spent a large part of her career working in the tourism sector.
Francene has been a board director of the South Australian Tourism Commission, the Adelaide Convention and Tourism Authority and a member of the TAFE SA Council.
She was a State finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards and has been a judge in these and other awards including the South Australian and Australian Tourism Awards, the Australia Day Council Australian of the Year Awards, and Australia Day Community and Citizen Awards.
As a councillor and alderman on the Adelaide City Council, Francene represented Adelaide in board appointments in both the private and public sectors. As a lord mayoral candidate in 2007, Francene ran on a platform of council reform and the protection of Adelaide’s precious parklands.
Her role as an Australia Day Ambassador began in 2008 with a visit to the Naracoorte Lucindale Council area and Francene told the Chronicle she can’t wait to take on the role in the Tatiara.
“I’ve had connections with the Mundulla show over the years and I love what happens across the Tatiara area,” she said.
“Although I didn’t grow up in the country, I love it! I have an affinity for the country, the fresh food, the produce and open spaces.
“For me taking on this role is an opportunity to celebrate what’s going on in the Tatiara and open up that conversation and understand what it means to be Australian.”
Francene said she looked forward to discussing what it is that uniquely makes people think well of Australia, and how this translates within other cultures.
“We have so many different nationalities living in Australia and it enriches our lives – we’d still be eating pretty boring food if migrants didn’t come here and show us new things,” she said.
“Australia is a better place to call home and I think we have an obligation to share that and when it comes down to it, Australian’s are citizens of the world and we should share the joy.”
Francene said she was eager for her forthcoming trip to the Tatiara.
“I’m going to visit Clayton Farm, I’m quite interested to go there and celebrate the past technologies there were,” she said.
“The celebration event will be held there and I think it’ll be a great day!”