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2024 Award Nominations NOW OPEN

Each year the 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 2023 and/or contribution to the local community over a number of years.

Nominations are now open and must be received by midnight, Sunday 26 November 2023.

Nominations can be made across five different categories:

  • Citizen of the Year - recognising individuals for their outstanding contributions to the local community, nominees must be 27 years and over on 26/1/2024
  • Young Citizen of the Year - recognising individuals for their outstanding contributions to the local community, nominees must be 27 years and under on 26/1/2024
  • Walk of Honour - recognising substantial contributions to the city and can be of any age, living or deceased
  • Ted Ryder Sports Memorial - to acknowledge individuals who have significantly contributed to sport within administration and general service fields, not for sporting achievements
  • Environmental Citizen of the Year - recognising individuals and/or organisations for addressing issues that effect the diversity and sustainability of our natural environment

Nominees will be assessed on the basis of information provided in the nomination form and attachments provided. Nominators are asked to take care in completing the nomination form and are encouraged to make contact with Council's Events Officer for assistance.

To submit a nomination please complete the nomination form online via the link below. If you wish to fill out a nomination in person please make contact with Council staff for further assistance.

Australia Day Awards 2024 - Nomination Form

2023 Australia Day Award Finalists

2023 Citizen of the Year - Allan Pottie

Alan is an inspiring leader who is the driving force behind Wagga Wagga’s Relay for Life, an annual community fundraising challenge raising vital funds for those impacted by cancer. Alan has led the event committee through the COVID-19 pandemic and significant weather events to overcome these challenges and successfully fundraised $125,000 over the last three years.

Alan donates his time to Cancer Connect, a support service as part of the Cancer Council, helping support cancer sufferers through their diagnoses. Alan has been named a Global Hero of Hope by the Cancer Council, a title only held by 36 people in the world.

Previous Citizen of the Year recipients

YearRecipient Name
2014Aunty Isabel Reid
2015Kerry Geale
2016Joe Williams
2017Dianne Jacobson
2018Phil Hoey
2019Alan Lean
2020Lynne Graham
2021Belinda Crain
2022Deidre Tome
2023Alan Pottie

2023 Young Citizen of the Year - Maimuna Zaman

Maimuna is an active volunteer in many organisations and community groups throughout Wagga Wagga. Some of these organisations include the Ronald McDonald Charity House, where she takes care of guests and makes their stay as comfortable as possible, Wagga Wagga Rotary Book Fair, the Wagga Wagga Base Hospital, and her local karate club where she voluntarily teaches children Karate.

Maimuna is a confident student with a friendly disposition that allows people in her community to feel comfortable around her. With her diverse volunteering experiences and positive attitude, she serves as a model student for her community to aspire to. By promoting and partaking in charitable events, such as Christmas Drives and Movember, Maimuna has helped spread awareness and raise money to contribute to these charities. Being involved in numerous school activities and clubs, like Senior Leadership and the Student Representative Council, she encourages others to be involved in the community and participate in school activities.

Previous Young Citizen of the Year recipients

YearRecipient Name
2014Angela Burns
2015Sally Tanner
2016Hannah Kempton
2017Isobel Cowell
2018Francis Elliot-Rudder
2019Matthew Lennon
2020Meghan Graham
2021Clare Lawlor
2022Chloe Hinds
2023Maimuna Zaman

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

2023 Walk of Honour Nominee - Aunty Isabel Reid and Aunty Kath Withers


Aunty Isabel is a widely respected Wiradjuri Elder. She advocates for the First Nations community to be seen and present in Wagga Wagga. Through her advocacy work she has had a positive impact on the Stolen Generation survivors receiving redress and inspires all First Nations people by conducting herself with Yindyamarra. Aunty Isabel has forged her connections with business, Council and organisations that are still prominent today.

Aunty Isabel has devoted her entire life in the Wagga Wagga community striving for and advocating for the local Wiradyuri and First Nations community. She has achieved this through her work with Council’s Cultural Protocols, Council’s first Reconciliation Action Plan including the instillation of the Sorry Rock at Wollundry Lagoon.


Aunty Kath is a Wiradjuri Elder who has dedicated her life to supporting student education, families in crisis and her First Nations community. Aunty Kath has served as a carer for more than 100 children over several decades.

A renowned award-winning artist with her paintings and weaving displayed nationally. Aunty Kath’s creative practice includes print making, burning, weaving, and painting, often referencing her childhood growing up in ‘Tin Town’ and the Marrambidya Wetlands on the Murrumbidgee River in Wagga Wagga.

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
2017 Jim Elphick
2018 -
2019 Cecil 'Bob' Scott
2020 John Mason
2021 Bill Jacob
2022 Richard 'Dick' Green
2023Aunty Isabel Reid and Aunty Kath Withers

2023 Ted Ryder Sports Memorial - Henri Moreels

Henri has demonstrated service as a Wagga Wagga Soccer player, referee, and held administration roles for over 60 years. He has also contributed to Wagga Wagga Basketball for over 30 years. Across both sports, Henri has dedicated his time to promote and encourage more junior referees in the Wagga Wagga community and encourages a culture of good sports and fair play.

As a highly respected member of the sporting community, Henri has been identified as a passionate and dedicated coach who is always ready to teach and mentor anyone who asks.

Previous Ted Ryder Sports Memorial recipients

Year Recipient Name
2015 Steven Kimball
2017 Anthony Paul
2018 Peter Lloyd
2019 -
2020 Geoffrey Jacobson
2021 -
2022 Brian Robinson
2023Henri Moreels

2023 Environmental Citizen of the Year - ErinEarth

Carmel Wallis and Kaye Bryan are the co-founders, the inspiration, and the driving force behind ErinEarth. ErinEarth aims to work towards a sustainable society founded on respect for the Earth, universal human rights, economic justice, and a culture of peace.

In 2023, ErinEarth celebrates a significant milestone – the Silver Jubilee of its establishment which resulted in the transformation of an asphalt tennis court and area of waste ground into a tranquil garden and home for many species of animals and plants native to the Riverina.

Carmel and Kaye have provided inspiring leadership through their ongoing commitment and development of ErinEarth for the benefit of the entire community.

Previous Environmental Citizen of the Year recipients

Year Recipient Name
2020 Ben Holt
2021 Edward Maher
2022 Rotary Club of South Wagga Wagga