Australia Day Celebrations
Nominations for Australia Day Awards now open
Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council (CGRC) are calling for residents and community organisations to nominate deserving people within the region for the 2023 Australia Day Awards. Nominations are now open and will be received by Council until the 17 November 2023.
Nominations are being invited for each of the following categories:
Citizen of the Year.
- Young Citizen of the Year.
- Sportsperson of the Year / Sports Achievement Award.
All residents from the Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council area are eligible for nomination.
Nominations can be in writing (by letter, or on the form available from Council Offices and website) and received by Council no later than 1pm Friday 17th November 2023.
The Citizen of the Year Award is for all persons of any age, whilst the Young Citizen Award is for persons aged up to 25 years as at 31 December 2023. The Sportsperson/Sports Achievement Award is open to all ages.
Persons who have been nominated previously but who have not won an award are eligible for re-nomination. The nomination form can be found by following the link:
2023 AUSTRALIA DAY CELEBRATIONS
Our region was blessed with a beautiful day on Thursday 26th January 2023, and festivities in the Cootamundra and Gundagai parks were jumping with live music, and a party atmosphere.
Albert Park Cootamundra was a picturesque setting to celebrate the achievements of community members and the welcoming of new residents.
1. CGRC Mayor Charlie Sheahan welcomes Kankanit McDonell and Piraya Rakkid as new Australia residents.
2. Mayor Sheahan, Jason and Tanya Baldock, (Australia Day award), Grace Hoey (Young Citizen Award), Garry James (Citizen of the Year Award), Joshua Purtell (Sportsperson Award) and Australia Day ambassador Bruce Whately at the Cootamundra event.
Carberry Park in Gundagai was the ideal setting for Australia Day celebrations. Music by the Gundaguys and delicious food from the Lions Club saw a crowd gathered to recognise local residents achievements.
Australia Day award recipients cut the cake.
Phil Smith – Citizen of the Year Gundagai. Indiana Cooper – Young Citizen of the Year Gundagai. Braith Winner & Archie Wheaton – Sportspersons of the year Gundagai.
NOMINATE NOW FOR CITIZEN OF THE YEAR, YOUNG CITIZEN OF THE YEAR, SPORTSPERSON/SPORTS ACHIEVEMENT OF THE YEAR
Nominations close 5pm, 18 November 2022.
Australia Day in our Parks – 2022
1. Australia Day Ambassador Mr Bryce Collins, is pictured with Young Citizen of the Year, William Ellis, Citizen of Year Helen Eccleston Sportsperson of the Year Samantha Graham, and CGRC mayor Cr Charlie Sheahan, at Jubilee Park, Cootamundra.
2. CGRC deputy mayor Cr Leigh Bowden, Young Citizens of the Year, Lilly Crane and Bridie Ingold, Judy Pigram, Citizen of the Year, Robert Lindley, Australia Day Ambassador Jeremy Jones, Helen Turner, Marie Lindley, Dick Jones, Liam Sadler, John Lindley, and Cr Abb McAlister cutting the cake at Australia Day Celebrations held in Carberry Park Gundagai. Absent from photo Sports Person of the Year Shaun Smith.
3. The Gundaguys kept the crowd entertained in Carberry Park Gundagai
4. Marianne McInerney recited a lovely Banjo Patterson poem “In the Droving Days” to a captivated audience in Jubilee Park Cootamundra
5. The Australia Day Ambassador for Gundagai Jeremy Jones talks to the crowd in Carberry Park
6. Cootamundra’s Australia Day Ambassador Bryce Collins, spoke to the audience about his experiences.