On the 26th January 2018, Berrima came to life as the Wingecarribee Shire celebrated Australia Day.
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
For enquiries please contact Australia Day Coordinator, Leesa Stratford on 48680719 or email@example.com
Wingecarribee Shire Council would like to congratulate these two very deserving winners and all the nominees for the 2017 Citizen of the Year.
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 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:
Young Citizen of the Year:
Oscar Piper Hudson
Mrs Prue Carpenter AM
Mrs Sonnya Hargreaves
Mr Steven Horton
Mr Graham Moir
Mr Barry Smith
Dr Allan Beavis OAM
2017 Australia Day
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.