ONE of the Hunter’s most decorated sportsmen will deliver the official Australia Day address, ahead of the national day of celebration, next week.
Hunter wheelchair racer Kurt Fearnley was among several high-profile Australians, including the new-look Wiggles, in Sydney yesterday to launch the national day’s festivities.
He said the chance to reflect on the state of the nation was a privilege.
‘‘Growing up crawling around paddocks and climbing over fences and floating down rivers and all that, I loved the childhood I was able to have [being Australian],’’ he said last night.
‘‘I get to speak about my view or my idea of what we are in Australia or where we’re headed, and as always I’ll be proudly representing Newcastle.’’
His address will be given at the Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, on Tuesday.