Wingecarribee official Australia Day celebrations are set to proceed in a virtual ceremony.
However, due to the continued uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, Berrima’s traditional Australia Day street parade and markets will not be held in 2022.
“In consultation with event organisers we’ve made the difficult decision to scale back this year’s Australia Day celebrations,” said Council’s General Manager Ms Lisa Miscamble.
“When making the decision we considered numerous factors including the increase of COVID-19 case numbers across the state,” she said. “It was agreed that public safety was of paramount importance.”
However, a Citizenship Ceremony and announcement of our Shire’s Australia Day Citizen of the Year recipients will still take place.
Both the Citizenship Ceremony and Citizen of the Year announcements will be live streamed via Council’s website from 10am on Wednesday 26 January 2022.
The General Manager said that while celebrations were set to look a little different from previous years it was still important to acknowledge and commemorate the occasion.
“It’s equally important that we recognise those citizens in our community that have gone above-and-beyond for our Shire and that we welcome our newest residents,” she said.
“While this year’s celebrations may be more subdued that previous years, it will be no less important.”
Mr Amar Singh, the founder of Turbans 4 Australia, is set to join the virtual celebrations as the Shire’s 2022 Australia Day Ambassador.
The Citizen of the Year & Young Citizen of the Year Awards recognise those who have made a significant contribution to the Wingecarribee Shire Community.
This year's ceremony will be live-streamed via Council’s website from 10am - 11.30am Wednesday, 26 January 2022 & we extend an invitation to you, your family & friends to be part of this event.
Australia Day Program 2022(PDF, 590KB)
2022 Citizen of the Year Nominees
The Citizen of the Year nominees are:
Mr Alex Baturynsky
Alex Baturynsky is a committed social worker and has given a significant part of his life helping others. He is dedicated to enriching the lives of young residents during in need.
Alex is passionate about his role and provide support and advocate to achieve the best care possible for a young person requiring assistance.
As a workers’ delegate for many years he has also provided support to many staff members and faced numerous challenges with great composure and always a supportive attitude. He has maintained a high profile in the community and is respected by many.
Mrs Natalie Block
As a resident of Berrima, Natalie has been instrumental in the promotion and unity of the Berrima Business Community. Natalie launched the Explore Berrima Brochure with over 40 business contributing. The results saw the business and community come together.
Natalie was instrumental in assisting local shops throughout the Bushfires and COVID. She actively promotes the township via social media and is always assisting others in the village to ensure the town is getting the promotion and image it deserves.
Natalie is passionate about the town of Berrima and works tirelessly to promote and organise events locally for the business and community. She never asks for anything and only gives back to her community.
Mr John Lineker
It is because of people like John Lineker that Harbison can support its residents and continue to provide our community the wonderful service that it has over more than 60 years.
In 2010 John’s late wife became a resident at Harbison and it was during this time that his involvement with Harbison commenced. He began to spend time in “Alpine” where he identified that “another pair of hands related to the care” would not go astray. He helped by doing small things – serving meals, helping to keep an eye on people living there, and so on.
John says that the carers were very helpful to him and taught him that the secret of looking after people in aged care, particularly those living with dementia, was to really get to know them. John found that the carers he worked with knew all about the residents. They encouraged John to do the same and he embraced that advice as he increased his involvement, to the point where he attends Harbison’s Moss Vale facility as a volunteer Mondays through to Fridays, including valuable work manning the “shop” there.
John has been selfless in his volunteering and has never done anything for gain or recognition.
Mr Eric Savage
Eric is an outstanding community member and has demonstrated a tireless devotion to the Shire. He is a long-term resident of Berrima is passionately concerned for the village in which he lives and the wider Shire.
He has shown his commitment to the community while volunteering for the National Trust, and as Chair of the Berrima Residents’ Association and his going environmental community activism.
His work with the National Trust includes Chair of Harper’s Mansion at Berrima, where this significant historical site is of importance to the whole Shire. He undertakes voluntary work with diligence, professionalism and a strong commitment ot preserving this site for generations to come.
As the Chair of the Berrima Resident’s Association, he has let the community in important initiatives to ensure the voice of the residents are heard in a range of forums. He has worked extensively to fund raise for the activities of the association and to ensure the community feel included and well represented. Eric played an active role in the campaign to overturn the proposed coal mine at Berrima and worked to ensure that residents were consulted and informed of developments. This successful campaign has enhanced the status of Wingecarribee Shire as a ‘Coal Free’ community.
Eric is a person of integrity and someone who is entirely devoted to the wellbeing of the community. His selfless devotion and leadership have advanced the standing of the Shire.
2022 Young Citizen Nominees
2022 Young Citizen Year nominees are:
Miss Grace Howard
Even with the limited opportunities presented by COVID, Grace Howard has still found ways to give back to her school and wider community. She is a valuable member and mentor to her Chevalier College peers.
Grace is an active member of the Chevalier College Cattle Showing Team and shares her knowledge and skills with the younger members. During the 2021 Higher School Certificate (HSC) trail exams, Grace acted as HSC Reader assisting students who needed guidance with reading.
As a recipient of the Illawarra Academy of Sports Scholarship representing Hockey and a Southern Highlands Representative team captain, Grace dedicates her time to encouraging others and sharing her skills and knowledge to guide her team to the State Championships.
She is a regular volunteer at the Bowral Show, where she assists with the set up and the general running of events during showtime.
Grace strives to be a positive role model for her fellow students and enjoys assisting and supporting others wherever possible. She looks forward to continuing to provide her time and service to the local community.
Mr Jeremy Millward
As the 2022 Moss Vale High School Captain, Jeremy is also a R U OK ambassador and is an outstanding advocate for Mental Health and Wellbeing both within his school environment and the wider community. He has developed and implemented several permanent initiatives to assist students with the day to day pressures of school life.
Jeremy volunteers his time weekly encouraging students to take part in positive peer led discussion and has raised funds to assist with research, awareness and programs for Mental Health.
During 2021, Jeremy was awarded the Stephen Jones Active Citizenship Award for his contributions and due to his ongoing efforts in suicide prevention, Jeremy became the recipient on the Young Conversation Champion Award the 2021 Barbara Hocking Memorial Awards.
Jeremy inspires others to be their best and is a support to those who are struggling. He aims to continue working towards his goals and initiatives within his school and wider community.
Charlotte Gillespie - Young Citizen of the Year
Charlotte Gillespie is always the first to volunteer, has a humble, quiet approach and asks for no attention.
Since starting Year 7 at Chevalier College in 2016, she has become an activate member of the school and wider community and regularly involves herself in school music ensembles, sporting teams, social justice and sustainability groups.
Charlotte is currently a School Leader and volunteers her time at Harbison Care and Abbey House on a regular basis to assist with prayer and communion.
Charlotte strives to be a positive role model for her fellow students and enjoys assisting and supporting others wherever possible. She prides herself in having the courage to do what is right, even when it is not the popular choice and relishes additional responsibilities and challenges.
She looks forward to continuing to provide her time and service to the local community.
Mrs Catherine Constable OAM - 2021 Citizen of the Year
Mrs Catherine Constable retired from the Board of Wingecarribee Adult Day Care Centres Inc (WADCC) on 13 October 2020 after 17 years’ service, during which she played a major part in the transformation of WADCC from a small centre to a facility which now supports over 200 elderly, frail and socially isolated citizens of Wingecarribee Shire.
She has held the positions of Secretary, Vice President and President numerous times and oversaw the expansion of WADCC’s Bowral centre. This centre is now a modern facility that will be able to cater for the increased demand for WADCC’s services in the future. Mrs Constable played a major role in the development of the Queen Street Centre in Moss Vale which house WADCC’s Moss Vale operation and Meals on Wheels. For the past for 17 years she has been an active member of the Queen Street Committee and of the Moss Vale Community Centre (formerly Senior Citizens) Committees.
Mrs Constable was awarded an OAM for her services to the community and for her 12 years on the Ethics Committee of Liverpool Hospital in 2015.
1982 - Judy Bailey
1983 - James Armstrong
1985 - Julie-Anne Armstrong
1986 - Kim Garske and Darren Saunders
1987 - James Peters and Amanda Stead
1988 - Diana Garrett and Andrew Simmons
1989 - David Lawler
1990 - Matthew Casson
1993 - Wendy Missingham
1994 - Kellie Pyne
1995 - Joshua Combes
1996 - Not awarded
1997 - Not awarded
1998 - Lisa Turczynski
1999 - Ben Shephard
2000 - Melia Condon
2001 - Michael Burge
2002 - Jennifer Purcell
2003 - Karen Webb
2004 - Travis Holland
2005 - Melissa Perrine and Brooke Eccleston
2006 - Belinda Miller and Brendan Smith
2007 - Ross Muller
2008 - Meghan Barrell
2009 - Samuel Wade
2010 - Leslie Jonson-Hoye
2011 - Emily Farrar
2012 - Brittany McCrea
2013 - Erica Longhurst
2014 - Jack Moran
2015 - Luke Webb
2016 - Amelia Brook
2017 - Zoe Brain
2018 - William Koek
2019 - Darcy Howard
2020 - Caitlin Gallagher
2021 - Charlotte Gillespie
1982 - Dulcie Waite
1983 - William Hudson
1984 - Graham Brown
1985 - Mac Cott
1986 - Peg Charlesworth and Wesley Thomas
1987 - Charles Krenkel and Gladys Thorpe
1988 - Jess Kerr and Les Lambert
1989 - Bonnie Pierce and John Springett
1990 - James Armstrong and Judy Browne
1991 - Clarice Boyd and Charles Tate
1992 - Arthur Thomson
1993 - Janet Greason
1994 - Roger Gough
1995 - Laurie Curley
1996 - Barry Butterfield Jnr
1997 - Richard Ruhfus
1998 - John Paddison
1999 - Jone Armstrong
2000 - Joan Compagnoni
2001 - Trevor Bensley
2002 - Shirley Beaumont
2003 - Dennis Brown
2004 - Freda Ayoub
2005 - Brian Whyte
2006 - Margaret Maclean
2007 - Grace Avery and Terry Oakes-Ash
2008 - Petrea King and Berlio O’Brien
2009 - George Schofield
2010 - Gordon Lewis, OAM
2011 - Velma Mulcahy
2012 - Jennifer Bowe
2013 - Marie Hodgson
2014 - Leonie Knapman
2015 - Harlan Hall
2016 - Kathy Roche
2017 - Dr Allan Beavis OAM
2018 - Aunty Wendy Lotter
2019 - Hans Radowitz
2020 - Sidney (Sid) Jeffery
2021 - Catherine Constable
Amar Singh is the founder President of Turbans 4 Australia, a charity started to help others and spread the message of social harmony, equality, and mateship.
Amar arrived in Australia as a teenager, after completing schooling and education. Moved onto working fulltime and then started his transport company in 2004. Amar has been very passionate about community service; he served as a volunteer during the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic games, Gold Coast Comm Games, Sydney Invictus games and many other community events.
Amar is a keen advocate for multiculturalism, social cohesion and regional communities. He planned and delivered a Hay run during the drought from Sydney to Coonamble. Amar has lived in Southwest Sydney for over a decade, his charity works nationally. During NSW bushfires he organized 11 trips of relief to the states North and South. Since the Covid lockdown began he has organized relief in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Dubbo, Brisbane and Gold coast.
Mr Amar Singh