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.
Nathaniel Smith MP Australia Day Address
Mr Amar Singh, Mr Jeremy Millward, Mr Eric Savage & Mr Viv May PSM
Jeremy Millward - 2022 Young Citizen of the Year
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.
Eric Savage - 2022 Citizen of the Year
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.
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
2022 - Jeremy Millward
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
2022 - Eric Savage
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