2019 Australia Day Events
THURSDAY 24 JAN 19
OUTDOOR MOVIE AT THE OASIS
7pm to 8.30pm
Oasis Regional Aquatic Centre
Bring your family, inflatables and a picnic to watch Greatest Showman. Free Entry from 7 pm - 8.30 pm, movie will commence once dark. no entry or pass outs after 8.30pm, no glass, alcohol or commercial food.
FRIDAY 25 JAN 19
AUSTRALIA DAY AWARDS
7pm to 9.30pm
Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre.
The 2019 Wagga Wagga City Council Australia Day Awards is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the contributions of our local legends . This free community event will include the announcement of Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and The Walk of Honour award. Come along and enjoy a free concert form the Australian Army Band Kapooka and the national anthem competition finalists
SATURDAY 26 JAN 19
TRIPLE M FREE COMMUNITY BREAKFAST
7am to 9am
Victory Memorial Gardens
Start your Australia Day celebrations with a delicious BBQ breakfast while listening to Triple MMM broadcasting live.
AUSTRALIA DAY CITIZENSHIP CEREMONY
Wagga Wagga Civic Centre Arcade
Join the Mayor of Wagga Wagga as he welcomes our newest Australian citizens to Australia, incoming citizen will be asked to take a pledge of commitment to Australia before being presented with a citizenship certificate.
HIT 93.1 FREE AUSTRALIA DAY CELEBRATIONS
7am to 10am
Victory Memorial Gardens
Celebrate all things Australian at a family friendly morning including buskers, a thong throwing competition, egg and spoon race, sack races, cricket, AFL target and more!
2019 Australia Day Ambassador
The 2019 Wagga Wagga Australia Day Ambassador is Dane Simpson.
Dane Simpson is one of Australia's rising stars in comedy.
He has toured around Australia doing various comedy shows. He has appeared on ABC's Comedy UpLate. In 2018, he starred in the hit standup comedy show "Aborigi-LOL" which sold out its entire season at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Dane also appeared at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala. At the end of 2018 he toured Western Australia with his variety show "Great Danes". Dane Simpson performed at the Commonwealth Games Festival and you might have seen him on ‘Have you been paying attention?’.
In 2019 Dane will be back with his hit show Aborigi-LOL at both the Perth FringeWorld and Adelaide Fringe festivals, he will also be performing his first solo show ‘Origins’ at the 2019 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
2019 Awards - Nominations Now Closed
Each year the Australia Day Awards are held as part of the Wagga Wagga City Council Australia Day Ceremony. Awards categories include Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, and the Walk of Honour.
The 2019 Australia Day Awards have now closed. Check back after 26 January 2019 to see who the 2019 Australia Day winners are, to view previous years winners below.
Citizen of the Year Award
2017 Citizen of the Year - Dianne Jacobson
Dianne has been the driving force behind the Wagga Wagga Eisteddfod for the past 30 years. From initially helping out an afternoon tea, Dianne has held many positions over the years, including president. She is currently treasurer of the committee and is one of the many tireless volunteers that help with the eisteddfod, which brings more than 2000 people to Wagga twice a year.
Previous Citizen of the Year recipients
|2014||Aunty Isobel Reid|
Young Citizen of the Year
2017 Young Citizen of the Year - Isobel Cowell
Isobel was Vice Captain at Wagga Wagga High School and achieved Honours Level for an impressive sixth time for academic, school service, community service, cultural activities and sporting achievements. She was selected in the Australian All Schools under 16 girls hockey team to tour South Africa and was also selected in the Open NSW Country Hockey team. Isobel’s achievements saw her named in the Australian Futures Squad.
Previous Young Citizen of the Year recipients
Walk of Honour
The Baylis Street Walk of Honour was instigated in 1998 to recognise substantial contributors to the City of Wagga Wagga
The award forms part of Council's Australia Day Awards - confirming Council's belief in the importance of recognising those members of our community who have given so much of themselves to our city.
Nominations open in conjunction with the Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Ted Ryder Sports Memorial awards in the second half of the year and the winners are announced on Australia Day.
2017 Walk of Honour - Jim Elphick
The 2017 Walk of Honour plaque was unveiled on Friday 19th May. The 2017 recipient was Jim Elphick. Jim has been sharing his passion for tennis for almost 50 years and in 2000 the Jim Elphick Tennis Centre was named in recognition of his contribution to the sport.
Off the court, Jim wrote a book detailing the history of tennis in Wagga and with his wife Mavis was instrumental in fostering the growth of tennis in the city.
He was the inaugural president of the Wagga Wagga Tennis Association in 1971 and held that position until 1997.
Previous Walk of Honour recipients
|1998||Ada Beatrice Webb|
|1998||William and Amy Hurd|
|1998||Robert John Hurst|
|1998||John Hurst Edmonson|
|1998||Yvonne Elsie-May Gilchrist|
|1998||Albert Louis Burgman|
|1998||Jane Lindsay Scott|
|1999||Donald Moreton Kendell|
|1999||Trixie and Margaret Read|
|1999||Colin Campbell Knott|
|1999||Henry Ernest and Morris Henry Gissing|
|1999||Edgar Hugh Graham|
|1999||Leyton Selwyn "Don" Joyes|
|1999||Rosina Mary Grosse|
|2002||William George Fitzroy Huthwaite|
|2003||Dr Bruce William Harding|
|2004||Robert Lancaster Brunskill|
|2006||George Hilton Brown|
|2008||Brian and Joy Kahlefeldt|
|2009||Michael Kennedy OAM|
|2010||Brian Gerald Kennedy|
|2012||Marguerite (Madge) Wallace|
|2014||Marie & Dr William Thompson|
|2015||Henry "Arthur" Nixon|
Ted Ryder Sports Memorial
2017 Ted Ryder Sports Memorial - Anthony Paul
Anthony has been president of the Wagga Wagga Water Polo Association for 22 years. He has helped the club grow from a men's competition, through to a men's and women's competition with multiple grade and a successful junior competition. Anthony has been instrumental in getting major competitions to Wagga, including the NSW Country Water Polo Championships. Outside the pool, Anthony has been involved with the Wagga Wagga Brothers, the Riverina Academy of Sport and the Sporting Hall of Fame Committee
Previous Ted Ryder Sports Memorial recipients