• Home
  • Online Customer Service Centre

Australia Day

Australia Day Celebrate what's great!

Wingecarribee Australia Day LOGO       2018 Australia Day Events & Celebrations

On the 26th January 2018, Berrima comes to life as the Wingecarribee Shire celebrates Australia Day. 


Berrima Court House

The morning commences at 9.30am with the official Australia Day Ceremony at the historic Berrima District Court house.

Welcome new citizens to our Shire and meet the 2018 Australia Day Ambassador.

During the ceremony the 2018 Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year will be announced.

At 11:00am join us for morning tea and lamingtons on the grounds for this historic building.

PDF Australia Day Ceremony Program (PDF, 127Kb)

See Classic cars, fire engines, and much more in a street paraded that is a highlight of the Australia Day celebrations.  

Following the parade, relax for the afternoon and enjoy the entertainment, food and market stalls in the Market Place or browse the many stores that Berrima has to offer.

Street Parade


Cheryl Koenig 2018 Ambassador Australia Day

Tireless brain injury awareness advocate and author Cheryl Koenig is set to join Wingecarribee’s Australia Day celebrations this January at Berrima as the Shire’s 2018 Australia Day Ambassador.

Cheryl is an author of four books, motivational speaker, volunteer and fundraiser extraordinaire having helped raise over $190,000 for various health care services and non-government support groups.

In 2009 Cheryl was named NSW Woman of the Year, and in 2014 she received the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to people with disabilities, their families and carers.

Her involvement with disability services arose out of caring and advocacy for her son who was severely injured in a vehicle accident. That story was captured in her earlier book, Paper Cranes.  Cheryl continues to volunteer her time to improve health care services, which she combines with her passion for writing.

Ms Koenig takes immense pride in taking part in celebrations on Australia Day as an Ambassador and travels to regional areas each year to give her thoughts on Australia and what it means to be an Australian.

As our Shire’s 2018 Australia Day Ambassador, Cheryl will address guests as part of the official Australia Day celebrations which starts from 9.30am at the Berrima Court House. Wingecarribee Shire Mayor, Councillor Ken Halstead said he looked forward to meeting Ms Koenig.

“Cheryl has an amazing tale to tell filled with hope, resilience and inspiration” he said.
“We’re absolutely thrilled that she has agreed to join us and I can’t wait to hear her address this Australia Day.”

To learn more about Cheryl Koenig’s achievements visit www.cherylkoenig.com.au.

Wingecarribee Shire Council would like to congratulate the recipients of the 2018

Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year Award 

Citizen of the Year - Aunty Wendy Lotter

Young Citizen of the Year - William Koek

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.

2018 Citizen of the Year Nominees:

Ms Wendy Lotter
Mr Frederick MacDonald
Mr John Parry (posthumous)
Mrs Jenny Sheerman
Mrs Zelda Williams

2018 Young Citizen of the Year Nominees:

Miss Ema Kobayakawa
Mr William Koek
Miss Taylor-Max O'Brien

2017 Citizen of the Year winners

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.

Last Updated: February 2nd, 2018
Can’t Find It?