On the 26th January, Berrima came to life as the Wingecarribee Shire celebrated Australia Day.
The morning commenced at 9.30am with the official Australia Day Ceremony at the historic Berrima District Court house, welcoming new citizens to our Shire and meeting the Australia Day Ambassador.
During the ceremony the Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year was announced.
Following the Official Ceremony, entertainment, food and market stalls were enjoyed in the Market Place, as well as the many stores that Berrima has to offer.
Nominations for the 2021 Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year open from 1 September 2020 - 4 December 2020.
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.
Wingecarribee Shire's 2020 Citizen of the Year
Long-time Highlands volunteer Sidney Jeffrey has been named Wingecarribee Shire's 2020 Citizen of the Year.
Sidney is a long-serving member of the Hill Top Community Centre's 355 Management Committee, the Hill Top Community Association and volunteers at the Hill Top War Memorial Hall, and the Rural Fire Service.
Wingecarribee Shire's 2020 Young Citizen of the Year
Bowral High School student Caitlin Gallagher has been named
Wingecarribee Shire's 2020 Young Citizen of the Year for her community and volunteer work.
Caitlin has a keen interest in wildlife and environmental preservation and spends much of her spare time volunteering as a wildlife rescuer for Wombat Care Bundanoon.
Wingecarribee Shire Mayor, Duncan Gair congratulated both recipients saying that they were wonderful ambassadors for the Southern Highlands .
"We're very fortunate to have such dedicated, hardworking and compassionate people in our shire," he said.
"There is no doubt our Shire is a better place as a result of their selfless contributions."
Wingecarribee Shire Council would like to congratulate all the nominees on receiving nomination for the Citizen of the Year Award and Young Citizen of the Year. We would like to thank each nominee for their valued contributions to the residents and to the community of Wingecarribee Shire.
The 2020 Citizen of the Year nominees were:
• Mr Frank Rodrigues
• Ms Heather Rowe
• Mr Geoffrey McCubbin
• Ms Ann Carter
• Mr Sidney Jeffery
• Mr Lindsay O’Connor
• Ms Judith Warner
• Ms Anne Barcicki
• Dr Mariese Hely
• Mr Anthony McElhinney
• Mr John Reid
The 2020 Young Citizen of the Year nominees were:
• Mr Colin Cooksley
• Mr Evan Woods-Jack
• Miss Caitlin Gallagher
• Miss Angela Hughes
• Miss Taylor O'Brien
2020 Australia Day Award Recipients
Citizen of the Year, Mr Hans Radowitz and Young Citizen of the Year, Mr Darcy Howard with Australia Day Ambassador, Mr David Bitton and Mayor, Clr Duncan Gair.
The Honourable Dr Brendan Nelson AO joined Wingecarribee’s Australia Day celebrations as the Shire’s 2020 Australia Day Ambassador.
The former doctor and federal politician was the guest of honour at the Shire’s annual Berrima-based festivities.
“Over the course of his career Dr Nelson has held a variety of high-profile positions including President of the Australian Medical Association, Minister for Defence and Opposition Leader,”.
“Today he heads up the Australian War Memorial and while his tenure there may be drawing to a close, he has left an enormous legacy at this most revered of Australian sites.
“I have no doubt his address at our Australia Day service will be a highlight for many attendees.”
During Dr Nelson’s seven year appointment as Director of the Australian War Memorial he has managed numerous upgrades of the Memorial and spearheaded its $500 million redevelopment. Some of the events overseen during his tenure include the Centenary of Anzac program and Armistice poppies display.
A frequent visitor to the Southern Highlands, Dr Nelson said he was keen to take part in the Shire’s official Australia Day celebrations.
“I particularly look forward to welcoming those residents that will be taking the pledge of citizenship,” he said.