Australia Day Ceremony & Celebrations

Australia Day

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.

Citizen of the Year & Young Citizen of the Year

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.

2021 Citizen of the Year & Young Citizen of the Year


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.

Honour Role for Past Young Citizens of the Year

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

Honour Role for Past Citizens of the Year

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

Australia Day Ambassador

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