Visiting Coonabarabran, Binnaway and Baradine communities
Scott McGregor has become a well-known face on television screens across Australia, following more than three decades of work as an actor and presenter.
A NIDA graduate, Mr McGregor has featured in numerous productions across television, film and the stage, including the ABC’s 1915 and the Coral Island.
More recently, he hosted a series of television programs on the History Channel including The Stamp Of Australia and Australian Icon Towns, but is best known for his do-it-yourself expertise and mad antics on Better Homes and Gardens and as the host of the popular Room For Improvement.
He has also presented two series of his own Railway Adventure programs, screened both nationally and overseas, and is a regular face on the Lifestyle Channel.
In addition to this, Mr McGregor boasts a wealth of experience across enterprises including tourism, food, home renovations, and antiques and collectables.
He is a regular MC and speaker, citing the Local Government and Shires Association, The Rail Tram and Bus Union, Northern Rivers Tourism and The Australia Day Council as clients.
A regular contributor to the Sun-Herald for many years, Mr McGregor has just released his second book, titled ‘Big Boys Toys’.
Every year he hosts a series of culture and history tours for the Powerhouse and Queensland museums to destinations such as Russia, Vietnam, India and North Queensland.
He is often found at Mudgee where he owns and operates Ruwenzori Retreat, a luxury mountain top tourist hideaway built from Vintage Railway Carriages.
He is married with two daughters and lives in Sydney and Byron Bay.
Paul Featherstone (southern ambassador)
Vsiting Coolah, Mendooran and Dunedoo communities
Paul Featherstone has spent the past 35 years perfecting skills in the recovery and care of people in life-threatening situations, placing his own life at risk on countless occasions in order to save the lives of others.
After joining the NSW Ambulance Service in 1972, Mr Featherstone pioneered the Ambulance Service’s acclaimed paramedic system in 1976.
He conceived and developed the Special Casualty Access Team (SCAT) in 1986, and has since been a team leader in developing patient access methods and high levels of care in hostile environments.
Mr Featherstone’s experience positions him as a specialist in situations where lives may be at stake, situations where perfect planning, quick assessment and responses are critical for the prevention of injury.
In the situations where injuries have occurred, he is skilled and equipped to access, treat, recover and transport injured individuals by foot, road, air or sea.
He has developed unique training methods in high-risk areas based on “real world” experience, with strong emphasis on self-motivation and teamwork.
This is where Mr Featherstone now focuses his time and energy as a SCAT instructor in order to pass on his vast knowledge and skills in the training of new team members.
In addition to regular paramedic duties, he has played a role in aiding multiple victims from the following major emergencies: • Savoy Hotel fire, 1975; • Granville Rail crash, 1977; • Lewisham Hospital fire, 1980; • Royal National Park bushfires, 1986; • Nyngan flood, 1990; • Forbes flood, 1990; • Thredbo disaster, 1997; • Wingella fires, 1998; • Special response operations for the Sydney Olympic Games, 2000; • Black Christmas fires, 2002; • Bali bombings, 2002; • December fires, 2002; • Waterfall rail disaster, 2003; • Beaconsfield Mine rescue, 2006; and • Industrial accidents/protracted entrapments, 2009.
Mr Featherstone has twice been the recipient of the Ambulance Service’s highest award for bravery, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Australian Bravery Medal, the Humane Society’s Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals, Prince Phillip Helicopter Rescue Award and the Ambulance Service Medal as part of the 2007 Queen’s Birthday Honour List.
He has also been honoured as 2007 Sutherland Shire Citizen of the Year and has been an Australia Day Ambassador since 2007.