Australia Day

Australia Day Wagga Wagga

2019 Australia Day Events

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.


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 Australia Day Community Barbecue
7am to 9am

Victory Memorial Gardens
Start your Australia Day celebrations with a delicious BBQ breakfast while listening to Triple MMM  broadcasting live.

From 8.30am

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.

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

YearRecipient Name
2014Aunty Isobel Reid
2015Kerry Geale
2016Joe Williams
2017Dianne Jacobson
2018Phil Hoey

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

YearRecipient Name
2014Angela Burns
2015Sally Tanner
2016Hannah Kempton
2017Isobel Cowell
2018Francis Elliot-Rudder

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.

View the Walk of Honour Plaque locations

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

Year Recipient Name
1998 Ada Beatrice Webb
1998 Cedric Thomas
1998 William and Amy Hurd
1998 Robert John Hurst
1998 Henry Angel
1998 Edna Busse
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 John Ansell
1999 Henry Ernest and Morris Henry Gissing
1999 Edgar Hugh Graham
1999 Carol Moffit
1999 Leyton Selwyn "Don" Joyes
1999 Rosina Mary Grosse
2002 William George Fitzroy Huthwaite
2003 Dr Bruce William Harding
2004 Robert Lancaster Brunskill
2005 Cyril Jones
2006 George Hilton Brown
2008 Brian and Joy Kahlefeldt
2009 Michael Kennedy OAM
2010 Brian Gerald Kennedy
2011 Bill Kerr
2012 Marguerite (Madge) Wallace
2013  June Dunn 
2014  Marie & Dr William Thompson 
2015 Henry "Arthur" Nixon
2016 John Brasier

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

YearRecipient Name
2015Steven Kimball
2017Anthony Paul
2018Peter Lloyd

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