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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

YearRecipient Name
2014Aunty Isobel Reid
2015Kerry Geale
2016Joe Williams
2017Dianne Jacobson
2018Phil Hoey
2019Alan Lean

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

YearRecipient Name
2014Angela Burns
2015Sally Tanner
2016Hannah Kempton
2017Isobel Cowell
2018Francis Elliot-Rudder
2019Matthew Lennon

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

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

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
2017Jim Elphick
2019Cecil '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

YearRecipient Name
2015Steven Kimball
2017Anthony Paul
2018Peter Lloyd

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