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2020 Australia Day Ambassador

The Honourable Dr Brendan Nelson AO is set to join Wingecarribee’s Australia Day celebrations next January as the Shire’s 2020 Australia Day Ambassador.

The former doctor and federal politician will be guest of honour at the Shire’s annual Berrima-based festivities.

Wingecarribee Shire Mayor, Councillor Duncan Gair said Dr Nelson’s inclusion would be a feature of the day’s program.

“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,” he said.

“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.

Wingecarribee Shire’s official Australia Day program starts at 9.30am on Sunday 26 January 2020 at the Berrima Court House. Celebrations continue with the grand parade at 12 noon. Entertainment will continue until 4pm with rides, amusements and stalls.

Dr Brendan Nelson AO  Wingecarribee Shire Australia Day Ambassador 2020

Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year

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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.

The recipients of both awards will be announce during the Australia Day Ceremony at Berrima Historic Court commencing at 9:30am

Wingecarribee Shire Mayor Councillor Duncan Gair is calling on the Shire’s residents to nominate a fellow Highlander for next year’s Australia Day Awards.

Nominations are now open for both the 2020 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,” the Mayor said.

“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.”

“Even if you think someone is well known for their achievements, it’s best not to assume they’ve already been nominated,” the Mayor added. “I encourage all residents to give some thought as to a worthy recipient and submit a nomination of their own.”

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 13 December 2019.

For further information about Wingecarribee Shire’s Australia Day Citizen Awards contact Council’s Australia Day Coordinator on 02 4868 0719 or leesa.stratford@wsc.nsw.gov.au.

PDF Citizen of the Year Nomination Form 2020

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Citizen of the Year nominees for 2019

Mr David Baxter

Mr John Creighton

Mrs Rose Conely

Mr John D'Arcy

Mrs Rhonda Langford

Mr Paul Maloney

Mr Hans Radowitz - WINNER

Young Citizen of the Year nominees for 2019

Mr Lachlan Mineeff

Miss Molly Good

Mr Darcy Howard - WINNER

Mr Jack Howard

Miss Bridget Moore

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.

2019 Citizen and Young of the Year Recipients

2019 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.


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

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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.

12 noon - 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.


Why not leave the car at home and come to Berima by bus?  The free bus will be clearly marked and will pick up passengers at the following locations and times:

 To Berrima From Berrima
 7.50am Depart Bundanoon Station 3.00pm Depart Berrima
 8.30am Depart Mittagong station 3.15pm Arrive Moss Vale station
 8.45am Depart Bowral station 3.30pm Arrive Bowral Station
9.00am Depart Moss Vale station

(near clocktower)

 3.45pm Arrive Mittagong station
 9.15am Arrive Berrima 4.20pm Arrive Bundanoon Station


The Grand Parade for Australia Day 2020 will take place in Berrima on Sunday, 26 January.

Oxley Street will be closed to traffic from the Old Hume Highway at 9:00 am and residents are advised to use Schotts Lane and Wingecarribee Street.

The parade will form up in Oxley Street near Berrima Public School from 11:15 am and at 12:00 noon will proceed south along the Old Hume Highway to Jellore Street where it will disperse around the park at approximately 1:00 pm.

The Old Hume Highway between Oxley Street and Oldbury Road will be closed from 11:45 am to 1:00 pm while the parade takes place.

The side streets abutting the closed section of the Old Hume Highway will be re-opened to traffic as soon as the parade passes.

Berrima Parade
Last Updated: December 3rd, 2019
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