Russell Crowe, Steve Irwin to be honoured

MUMBAI: From Oscar winners to Australia’s iconic Royal Surf Life Savers, a heap of celebrities, athletes and Australian chefs are saying G’Day to Americans as they celebrate G’Day USA: Australia Week 2007 in New York and Los Angeles from 11 – 20 January 2007.


Over 10 days, 15 events will focus on industries as diverse as entertainment, tourism, food, wine, energy, education, investment and fashion.


The Australia Week Steering Committee announced that Steve Irwin and Russell Crowe will be two of the 2007 honorees at the Penfolds Icon Gala Dinner in Los Angeles on 13 January 2007.


The Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin will be honoured by many friends and celebrities for his work in tourism and nature conservation in a special tribute and presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award.


Another of Irwin’s mates, Russell Crowe will also receive an Excellence in Film Award for his contribution to the movie industry.


The committee also announced that the popular signing duo, The Veronicas will be performing at the gala dinner. The 20-year identical twins, Jess and Lisa Origliasso have been gaining attention for their edgy yet free-spirited rock music and debut album, The Secret Life of the Veronicas.


Other attendees and performers will be announced in December 2006.


Over the past three years, the G’Day LA: Australia Week celebration in Los Angeles has grown into what may well be the largest foreign country promotion in the US and is expanding in 2007 with both national and New York (under the name G’DAY NY) events.


Australia Week is produced by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Tourism Australia, Qantas Airways and Austrade in conjunction with State Governments and key private sector sponsors.

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