Emma Page Campbell, Lady Mayoress of Melbourne
Emma Page Campbell is Lady Mayoress of Melbourne, a practising lawyer and Governance Manager at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. She has recently returned from maternity leave following the birth of baby Henry in 2014.
Emma is Patron of the National Council of Women of Victoria and Patron and Co-chair of the Lady Mayoress’ Committee. She has a long involvement with Artists for Kids Culture, a charity which is supported by local artists and the arts community and raises funds to enable arts and cultural opportunities for kids living in the inner city.
Emma was a volunteer night manager at the Victorian AIDS Council / Gay Men’s Health Centre in the mid to late nineties for a period of three years, has been honoured to be a Midsumma Dog Show judge since she became Lady Mayoress, and is a long time Joy FM listener.
Farrah Tomazin, Fairfax Journalist
Farrah Tomazin is The Sunday Age’s state political editor. Farrah joined the paper in 2000, reporting on general news, courts and crime, local government and politics. She was The Age’s state political correspondent for the 2006 Victorian election, and later spent three years as its education editor, winning several awards for excellence in education reporting.
After a few years as a feature writer, Farrah returned to the state rounds press gallery for The Sunday Age in 2011 to cover state politics. She has taken an active interest in stories relating to social justice, schools, and law reform. Her scoops also include key policies affecting the LGBTI community, such as new laws expunging gay sex convictions, the expansion of the Safe Schools Coalition program, and the push to allow same-sex couples to adopt in Victoria.
Farrah graduated from RMIT University with a Bachelor of Journalism, lives with her partner in the inner city, and looks forward to a time when marriage equality finally becomes reality in Australia.
Peter Hitchener, Channel Nine Newsreader
Channel Nine’s Peter Hitchener, or Hitch as he is known, has been bringing Melburnians their news for more than 41 years. In 2015, Hitchener celebrates 50 years as a newsmaker – the past 42 of them with the Nine Network.
Peter was born and raised near the rural Queensland town of Texas, near the New South Wales border. In 1965 Peter Hitchener began working at Brisbane radio station 4BH, writing, editing and presenting news.
A year later he took up a full-time position in radio and television at ABC Brisbane.
Hitchener moved to the ABC in Sydney in 1973 and again worked in radio and television, before joining TCN-9 in Sydney to present National Nine News. A year later, in 1974, Peter moved to GTV Channel Nine in Melbourne.
He presented news bulletins with Sir Eric Pearce and later became deputy to Brian Naylor. As well as news broadcasts, Peter also hosted radio programs, with 3AW and later 3AK.
Hitchener took over as chief newsreader for GTV-9 in 1998, when Brian Naylor retired after 45 years in the business.
Peter supports a number of charities and supports St Kilda in the AFL, and Melbourne Storm in Rugby League.