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Nominations are now open for the 2019 Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year awards.

The Australia Day Awards are one of the most prestigious honours which can be bestowed upon a member of our community

They’re a fantastic opportunity to recognise and congratulate the efforts of our residents who contribute to making the Southern Highlands such a wonderful place to live.

The Young Citizen Award is open to people who are aged 25 years or younger.

All nominees must reside in the Wingecarribee Shire and nominations close on Friday, 21 December 2018.

For further information about Wingecarribee Shire’s Australia Day Citizen Awards contact Council’s Australia Day Coordinator on 4868 0719.

pdf 2019 Citizen of the Year - nomination form


 Australia Day Events & Celebrations

On the 26th January, Berrima comes to life as the Wingecarribee Shire celebrates Australia Day. 


Berrima Court House

The morning commences at 9.30am with the official Australia Day Ceremony at the historic Berrima District Court house.

Welcome new citizens to our Shire and meet the Australia Day Ambassador.

During the ceremony the Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year will be announced.

At 11:00am join us for morning tea and lamingtons on the grounds for this historic building.

PDF Australia Day Ceremony Program (PDF, 127Kb)

See Classic cars, fire engines, and much more in a street paraded that is a highlight of the Australia Day celebrations.  

Following the parade, relax for the afternoon and enjoy the entertainment, food and market stalls in the Market Place or browse the many stores that Berrima has to offer.

Street Parade


Cheryl Koenig 2018 Ambassador Australia Day

Tireless brain injury awareness advocate and author Cheryl Koenig  joined Wingecarribee’s Australia Day celebrations this January at Berrima as the Shire’s 2018 Australia Day Ambassador.

Cheryl is an author of four books, motivational speaker, volunteer and fundraiser extraordinaire having helped raise over $190,000 for various health care services and non-government support groups.

In 2009 Cheryl was named NSW Woman of the Year, and in 2014 she received the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to people with disabilities, their families and carers.

Her involvement with disability services arose out of caring and advocacy for her son who was severely injured in a vehicle accident. That story was captured in her earlier book, Paper Cranes.  Cheryl continues to volunteer her time to improve health care services, which she combines with her passion for writing.

Ms Koenig takes immense pride in taking part in celebrations on Australia Day as an Ambassador and travels to regional areas each year to give her thoughts on Australia and what it means to be an Australian.

To learn more about Cheryl Koenig’s achievements visit www.cherylkoenig.com.au.

Wingecarribee Shire Council would like to congratulate the recipients of the 2018

Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year Award 

Citizen of the Year - Aunty Wendy Lotter

Young Citizen of the Year - William Koek

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.

2018 Citizen of the Year - Aunty Wendy Lotter

Aunty Wendy Lotter’s Platypus Dreamin’ Aboriginal Cultural Education program builds and strengthens relationships to achieve exceptional outcomes towards advancing reconciliation between non-indigenous, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by working with schools, students, teachers, parents and the community.

As a proud Yuin woman, Wendy has great respect for her Aboriginal culture. The essence of her teaching is based upon her own life and experiences, and as such is emotionally and personally engaging. By telling her own story Wendy encourages the students, teachers, parents and community to look to their own cultures and histories to develop their own narratives.

Wendy is Deputy Chairperson of the Wingecarribee Reconciliation Group Inc. and has been instrumental in developing and fostering productive relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people throughout the community.

In 2016/17 Wendy engaged with and developed programs in approximately 50 different education facilities in NSW, SA and the ACT including early childhood centres, preschool, primary and secondary schools, TAFE and universities, FACS – out of home care and Links to Learning. In the process Wendy has worked with over 3000 children and 200 teachers plus parents and members of the wider community.

By working with young people, Wendy is creating change that will ripple through to the future. Wendy is contributing enormously to building a more just and equitable society. She is proud of her Aboriginal heritage but is equally proud of her European heritage and as such embraces and understands the conflicts and challenges of being Australian and finds strength within her cultural understanding to actively seek and promote reconciliation in the broader Australian community.

Wendy Lotter - 2018 Citizen of the  Year Wingecarribee Shire

2018 Young Citizen of the Year - Mr William Koek

William is a valued member of the Bowral High School community and is an energetic and thoughtful young man whose personal values are of the highest level. William inspires people to give more of themselves than they realise, he takes his education extremely seriously and works hard to achieve at the highest level. He is the first to offer assistance with school activities and participates in all school events. 

William is the embodiment of our school values of Respect, Responsibility and Fairness. William believes that students should be given equal opportunity to succeed and he works tirelessly to ensure that this occurs at Bowral High School. William is a 2018 School Prefect and is regularly required to speak or host school assemblies. He is well liked and respected by teachers and students alike.

William assists with community activities such as selling badges for Legacy or collecting for Red Cross. William is the current President of BHS Interact Club and utilises this position to further the Rotary ethos in the wider community. 

William demonstrates excellence in every role or acuity he assumes. He is a fabulous organiser, honest to a fault and his standard of work in the community would leave many to shame. This can be easily seen through his work organising the Interact Students and BHS in fund raising activities to help rebuild the Library at the BHS sister school in Cambodia.

William Koek 2018 Young Citizen of the Year Wingecarribee

Last Updated: December 3rd, 2018
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