Lismore’s favourite cricketing ‘son’, former Test wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist, has been appointed chair of the National Australia Day Council. 

“Mr Gilchrist will bring enormous energy and commitment to the work of the Council and I am delighted that he has agreed to take on this important leadership role for our national day,” Special Minister of State Senator Robert Faulkner said today in announcing the appointment.

“Adam Gilchrist is acknowledged for his outstanding contribution to Australian cricket. 

“He has demonstrated great drive and leadership throughout his professional career whilst maintaining a high standard of integrity. 

“His passion for Australia and his motivational leadership will be invaluable as the National Australia Day Council continues to build Australia Day and the Australian of the Year Awards in the coming years.”

Deputy Chair, Ms Shelley Reys, and board members Dr Bruce Walker, Mr Fergus Ryan and Mr Duncan Lewis have been reappointed. 

Continuing board members include Mr Ian Elliot and Mr Andrew Metcalfe.

Gilchrist’s parents, Stan and June, still live in Lismore.