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On the 26th January 2017, Berrima came to life as the Wingecarribee Shire celebrated Australia Day. Following is a record of the day.


9.30am Official Ceremony at Berrima Historic Court House incorporating a Citizenship Ceremony, announcement of the winners of Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year awards and special address by the Australia Day Ambassador, followed by tea, coffee and lamingtons on the lawn at the Berrima Historic Court House
12 noon The Grand Parade - is a colourful parade to entertain people of all ages.  See Classic cars, local bands, cheer on our Emergency Services Volunteers, historic tractors and much much more in a street parade that is unique to Australia Day and Berrima.
All day Market stalls, farmyard nursery, jumping castles and much more




• The Grand Parade for Australia Day 2017 will take place in Berrima on Thursday, 26 January.

• Oxley Street will be closed to traffic from the Old Hume Highway at 9:00 am and residents are advised to use Schotts Lane and Wingecarribee Street.

• The parade will form up in Oxley Street near Berrima Public School from 11:15 am and at 12:00 noon will proceed south along the Old Hume Highway to Jellore Street where it will disperse around the park at approximately 1:00 pm.

• The Old Hume Highway between Oxley Street and Oldbury Road will be closed from 11:45 am to 1:00 pm while the parade takes place.

• The side streets abutting the closed section of the Old Hume Highway will be re-opened to traffic as soon as the parade passes.

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.

Wingecarribee Shire Council would like to congratulate these two very deserving winners for 2016:

2016 Young Citizen of the Year Miss Amelia Brook

2016 Young Citizen of the Year - Miss Amelia Brook

Amelia Brook is a young girl who at the young age of 12 years has already demonstrated strong leadership skills and selflessness. She has taken part in many team, group and individual activities throughout the Community and is an enthusiastic member of the Moss Vale Girl Guide Unit. She currently attends Moss Vale High School, she is a kind, fun and energetic young girl who has a passion for fundraising and helping those in need. Her contribution to publicity and the promotion of the worldwide organisation of Girl Guides is commendable. For the past 2 years she has been fundraising for the conservation of Taronga Zoo. Recently Amelia was invited by the Governor General to attend Government House with the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall to acknowledge her outstanding achievements and contribution for fundraising.

2016 Citizen of the Year Award - Mrs Kath Roche

2016 Citizen of the Year - Mrs Kathy Roche

Kathy Roche is a long-time resident of the Southern Highlands, a mother of five children who ran her own pharmacy in Moss Vale for many years, complimenting her husband’s Medical Practice. Kathy has volunteered and fundraised throughout the Community for organisations such as Pastoral Care and Youth off the Streets. She was a Pony Club Instructor for many years, spent years fundraising for Freedom from Hunger and supports two African schools for disadvantaged children. Kathy is committed and passionate in supporting and protecting the environment of Wingecarribee Shire. As a Pharmacist, she pioneered the medication Webster Pack and was the first woman on the Moss Vale & District AH&I Committee, where she served for 25 years. Kathy is an inspiration and sets an example to all, showing how we can give back to the community through volunteering.

2016 Citizen & Young Citizen of the Year Winners with Mayor Larry Whipper

All nominees must reside in the Wingecarribee Shire and nominations 

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Last Updated: March 17th, 2017
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