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Inspiring young inventor and 2018 NSW Young Australian of the Year, Macinley Butson will serve as Griffith City Council’s Australia Day Ambassador this year.

Celebrations in Griffith will kick off on Saturday, 26 January, 2019 at Pioneer Park Museum with the 31st annual Big Breakfast being served from 7am.

Following breakfast Macinley will move on to Griffith Regional Theatre where she will be guest of honour for Griffith’s official Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony at 9.30am.

Chairperson of the Australia Day Working Party, Councillor Christine Stead welcomed the announcement.

“It is extremely exciting to have such a brilliant young inventor and scientist as our official ambassador for 2019,” Councillor Stead said.

“I am sure Miss Butson will enjoy Griffith’s rich blend of cultures and traditions as well as our vibrant cosmopolitan atmosphere.”

A rising star in the male-dominated world of science, Macinley achieved international success in 2017 when she received the First Award in the category of medical science at the prestigious INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair.

Each year, more than seven million high school students develop original research projects for the world’s largest international science competition. Macinley’s idea, ‘Smart Armour’, is a shield that can be used by breast cancer patients to protect their non-treated breast while undergoing radiotherapy treatment.

A prolific inventor, 17-year-old Macinley has also taken home science awards for other exceptional ideas, such as a system that simultaneously collects solar power and filters water, a spoon that accurately measures and delivers oral medicine to children, and a device that deters garden snails without the use of poison.

While empowering young people to embrace science, Macinley also demonstrates the power of giving back to the community as a national youth ambassador for environmental organisation, Green Cross Australia.

Start Australia Day the right way with a hearty breakfast at Griffith Pioneer Park Museum at 7am.

Griffith’s official Australia Day ceremony commences at 9.30am at the Griffith Regional Theatre, with the whole community invited to attend.

The Griffith City Band and Stickie Fingers will provide entertainment while Griffith Can Assist will serve a morning tea to welcome Griffith’s newest Australian Citizens and award Nominees and Winners.

For more information about Griffith’s Australia Day celebrations contact Tanya Aramini, Community Development Officer at Griffith City Council on 6962 8100 or email