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Former Young Australian of the Year Corey Payne is Byron Shire’s 2018 Australia Day Ambassador

Inspirational former Rugby League player and 2013 Young Australian of the Year, Corey Payne, is Byron Shire’s Australia Day Ambassador for 2018. 

Corey Payne will be a guest speaker at local Australia Day events which will be held throughout the Byron Shire on 26 January.

“Some people will know Corey Payne for his performance on the football field because he played in 131 NRL matches for the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs, the Wests Tigers and the St George Illawarra Dragons,” Byron Shire Council’s General Manager, Ken Gainger, said.

“Where he has really made his mark though is his work to help disadvantaged people and assisting young people find pathways to university,” he said.

Corey Payne is the founder and Executive Chairman of the Future Direction Network, which aims to raise the level of university participation rates amongst students from low socio-economic backgrounds.

All Byron Shire residents are invited to attend local Australia Day events being held in Byron Bay, Brunswick Heads, Ocean Shores and Suffolk Park.

For more information, including event details, go to or call Byron Shire Council on 6626 7000.

Media contact:

Media Communication Officer
Byron Shire Council
Ph: 02 6626 7320

Byron Shire is located at Australia's eastern-most point with a population of almost 29,000. It is a thriving community where residents and visitors live, work and play in a sustainable environment and where Council strives to deliver the highest standard of local government services and infrastructure.