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         Changes to the Australia Day Program 

                       GRAND PARADE CANCELLED

Wingecaribee Shire’s official Australia Day celebrations are set to proceed on 26 January, however the traditional Grand Parade which normally features at 12 noon will be removed from the program given the current bush fire crisis.

Wingecarribee Shire Mayor Duncan Gair said the decision to exclude the parade from the program was taken in the interests of public safety.

“In light of the continued bush fire threat and potential for high temperatures in the coming weeks we’ve decided that we’ll rest the Grand Parade for this year,” he said.

“We’re mindful that active fires are still threatening our Shire and our emergency services personnel may be called for duty,” Mayor Gair said. “It wasn’t a decision made lightly but we’re sure the public will understand.”

At this stage the remainder of the program remains unchanged with the Citizenship Ceremony, Australia Day Ambassador address by Dr Brendan Nelson and announcement of the Shire’s Australia Day recipients to take place from 9.30am at the Berrima Court House.  Family entertainment including the Vocal Muster, rides, a farmyard nursery and market stalls will also proceed as per normal in the Berrima Market Place.

Should conditions or circumstances change we’ll notify the public accordingly. 

The Mayor said in lieu of this year’s Grand Parade the public would have an opportunity to show their gratitude once the bush fire threat had abated.  “We know that people want to thank our local Rural Fire Service members, emergency services personnel and volunteers for their efforts during the fire crisis,” he said.  “Once these fires have passed and we all pull through together, we’ll organise a very special Thank You event.

Wingecarribee Shire’s official Australia Day program starts at 9.30am on Sunday 26 January 2020 at the Berrima Court House.


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

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.

Family Fun and Entertainment - Market Place 

Following the Official Ceremony, 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.

This year you will be entertain by the Wingecarribee Vocal Muster 

Welcome to the Wingecarribee Vocal Muster, who are a not-for-profit organisation mentoring secondary school music students in the Wingecarribee, Wollondilly and Mulwaree shires.

They will be joined by many more amazing artists who have donated their time to assist with raising funds for our local RFS.

Vocal Muster Fundraiser for the RFS

Come along and enjoy a wonderful day of music, mateship and togetherness.

There will be fabulous musical performances, great food and a way of supporting our incredible rural fire service.

This day will also be a way to donate and support our local RFS units in the Southern Highlands.

100% of funds raised by the Wingecarribee Vocal Muster will go to the RFS to purchase vital equipment.

We can't wait to see you all.

Free Bus Services

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

Wingecarribee Vocal Muster with the generous support of Berrima Buslines have organised a free bus for fire-affected residents in our Northern Villages. Bookings are ESSENTIAL - Book your tickets at eventbrite.


Due to the cancellation of the Grand Parade, all roads will remain open in the Berrima Village Precinct.


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.

Dr Brendan Nelson AO  Wingecarribee Shire Australia Day Ambassador 2020

Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year

Wingecarribee Australia Day LOGO

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 2020 Citizen of the Year nominees are:

• Mr Frank Rodriguez
• Ms Heather Rowe
• Mr Geoffrey McCubbin
• Ms Ann Carter
• Mr Sidney Jeffery
• Mr Lindsay O’Connor
• Ms Judy Warner
• Ms Anne Barcicki
• Dr Mariese Hely

• Mr Anthony McElhinney

• Mr John Reid

The 2020 Young Citizen of the Year nominees are:

• Mr Colin Cooksley
• Mr Evan Woods-Jack
• Miss Caitlin Gallagher
• Miss Angela Hughes
• Miss Taylor O'Brien

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

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.

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Last Updated: January 21st, 2020
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