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On the 26th January 2017, Berrima came to life as the Wingecarribee Shire celebrated Australia Day. 


2017 Australia Day Ambassador                          

2017 Australia Day Ambassador - Bob Turner Wingecarribee Shire Mr Bob Turner

One of Australia’s most recognisable and respected sports personalities Mr Bob Turner is set to join Wingecarribee’s Australia Day celebrations this January as the Shire’s 2017 Australia Day Ambassador.

Best known for his basketball coaching and administration, Mr Turner is renowned throughout sporting circles for his marketing and management ability.

Originally from the United States, Mr Turner immigrated to Australia in 1976 to play basketball with Shoalhaven in the New South Wales Basketball League. He stayed, became an Australian citizen, and forged a highly successful career in sport.

Mr Turner’s personal success as a basketballer, coach, marketer and businessman combine to make him an authority on a variety of issues including team building, motivation, success and leadership.

His work with the Canberra Cannons and the Sydney Kings in developing marketing and sponsorship programs set the standard for the NBL during the early 1990’s.

Since then Mr Turner has been actively engaged as Head Coach, General Manager, Managing Director and part owner of four NBL teams and most recently was the driving force in the resurrection of the Sydney Kings.

Mr Turner has been developing BBall 4 All, a not for profit company focused on developing healthy, work ready youth. Mr Turner has also joined CEO of Sportstek Academies and former Wallaby, Rod Kafer on the Sportstek Advisory Board in the role of Executive Chairman.

He has also joined forces with one of his other sporting passions, baseball, in building the profile of the Australian Baseball League and the Sydney Blue Sox.

Mr Turner said that given his strong links with the region he was particularly looking forward to partaking in Wingecarribee’s Australia Day celebrations.

As the Shire’s 2017 Australia Day Ambassador, Mr Turner will address the audience as part of the official Australia Day celebrations which starts from 9.30am at the Berrima Court House. The program will also feature a Citizenship Ceremony and the announcement of the Shire’s Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year awards.


Wingecarribee Shire Citizen of the Year Awards

The Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year Awards recognise those who have made a significant contribution to the Wingecarribee Shire community.


The Australia Day Citizen of the Year Awards categories include Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year.

The Young Citizen Award is open to people who are aged 25 years or younger.

All nominees must reside in the Wingecarribee Shire 


Wingecarribee Shire Council would like to congratulate these two very deserving winners and all the nominees for the 2017 Citizen of the Year.


Zoe Brain Wingecarribee Shire Young Citizen of the Year 2017



















2017 Young Citizen of the Year - Miss Zoe Brain

Zoe is a 13 year who has already demonstrated strong leadership skills and selflessness over the last several years, by giving many hundreds of hours to the Community, from fundraising with Burrawang Primary School and Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea. Zoe is the creator and founder of the “Gorilla Girlz”. A team of young, passionate and motivated students nationally who are raising money to save critically endangered gorillas. To date, the Gorilla Girlz have introduced mobile phone recycling programs into 18 local, NSW, QLD and VIC schools and local businesses. She was voted one of the 2016 top stories on the ABC program, Behind the News. Zoe hosts a program on 92.5 Youth Radio and regularly invites guests to raise environmental awareness and inspire youth through music. As a School Leader, Zoe inspired the annual Burrawang Primary School Christmas concerts at local retirement villages and was awarded the AMP Tomorrow Makers Award and was an Australia Zoo, Visionary Wildlife Warrior finalist. Zoe is an outstanding role model.


Dr Allan Beavis OAM Wingecarribee Shire 2017 Citizen of the Year



















2017 Citizen of the Year - Dr Allan Beavis OAM


Dr Allan Beavis has been the musical director of St Jude’s Anglican Church for 15 years. Previously, Dr Beavis was the Master of New College, University of NSW 1995-2002 and the Headmaster, St Andrew’s Cathedral School from 1979-1995. Dr Beavis is the director of the Bowral Autumn Musical Festival and the annual Jazz Festival. He is a board member for the Southern Highlands Symphony Orchestra and takes part in the Berrima District Music Group. Dr Beavis assists with local schools, encouraging and providing opportunities for all school students to perform. Dr Beavis community involvement stretches beyond the Wingecarribee Shire and he received an Order of Australia Medal in 2013 for his services to music and education. He is proactive in bringing musical performers from overseas and Australia to this region, he enjoys fostering the musical development of young people and is an inspiring and encouraging conductor. Dr Beavis is always willing to assist where possible and is an inspiration to many.


Congratulations to all the nominees:

Oscar Piper-Hudson nominee Young Citizen of the Year 2017



Young Citizen of the Year:

Oscar Piper Hudson

Zoe Brain



2017 Citizen of the Year nominees2017 Citizen of the Year nominees


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Citizen of the Year:
Mrs Prue Carpenter AM
Mrs Sonnya Hargreaves
Mr Steven Horton
Mr Graham Moir
Mr Barry Smith

Dr Allan Beavis OAM













Last Updated: April 26th, 2017
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