2020 Awards - Nominations are now open
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, Ted Ryder Sports Memorial, the Walk of Honour and the new addition of the Environment Citizen of the Year.
People of the City of Wagga Wagga Local Government Area are invited to nominate fellow citizens for the Australia Day Awards. The aim of the awards are to recognise outstanding contributions to the local community in 2019 and/or contribution to the local community over a number of years.
The 2020 Australia Day Awards have are now open. If you wish to nominate an individual or organisation for one of the 2020 Australia Day awards, please complete the nomination form by 5pm Friday 22 November 2019.
Australia Day Award Nomination Information Session
Tuesday 12 November 2019
12pm – 1pm + 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Councillors Committee Meeting room, Civic Centre
Scroll down below to view previous years winners.
Citizen of the Year Award
2019 Citizen of the Year - Alan Lean
Alan is a long standing member and past President of the Rotary Club of Wagga Wagga, as a Rotary member Alan has served in countless local service projects over the past 30 years and has served as a volunteer and board member of community radio station 2AAA FM. Alan and his wife Kaye were the driving force behind establishing the regional Camp Quality Centre and founding of Country Hope. More recently Alan was founder of the Wagga Wagga Rotary Shine Awards, which recognises employees with disabilities and the employers who offer them meaningful employment
Previous Citizen of the Year recipients
|2014||Aunty Isobel Reid|
Young Citizen of the Year
2019 Young Citizen of the Year - Mathew Lennon
Matthew is an outstanding leader in rural health and high school education. Matthew has founded Doctors for Rural Education and Medicine (DREAM), to mentor and inspire medical students to train and remain doctors in the bush. Since 2013 he had run Springboard Education (a charity offering free tutoring to rural children), inspiring hundreds of local students to excel in education and follow careers in healthcare. Matthew is renowned for running rural appreciation weekends for visiting students and doctors interested in pursuing a rural health career. Matthew is also very active in community organisations, volunteering at the Palliative Care Unit.
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.
2019 Walk of Honour - Cecil 'Bob' Scott
In 1957 Bob Scott was instrumental in the formation of the Wagga Wagga District Highland Pipe Band. Bob was the pipe major, he was responsible for the music played, tutoring pipers, music selection, tuning pipes and drums and was responsible for the appearance and sound of the band in public performances.
For the past 60 years Bob has been the heart and soul of the Band. He has been involved in many activities throughout Wagga Wagga and surrounds including 60 years leading the ANZAC band playing for the dawn service in Wagga Wagga and Uranquinty, along with performing at the Tarcutta Driver Memorial Services, over 20 years experience playing at the Eisteddfod and National Dancing events in Wagga Wagga and surrounds. In addition Bob has also performed at New Year celebrations and regularly plays at sergeants mess celebrations events.
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|
|2019||Cecil 'Bob' Scott|
Ted Ryder Sports Memorial
2018 Ted Ryder Sports Memorial - Peter Lloyd
Peter has been a member of the Wagga Wagga Croquet Club since 2000 and has held various roles in that time, including president, vice president, secretary and captain. He has expanded the sport in Wagga and around the region through schools, carnivals, coaching and more. He was made a life member of the club in 2009.
Previous Ted Ryder Sports Memorial recipients