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Australia Day Celebrations

Congratulations to all award recipients

(photos to come)

Gundagai:
Citizen of the Year – Marie Lindley
Young Citizen of the Year – Kali Hutchinson
Sportsperson of the Year – Craig Bond

Cootamundra:
Citizen of the Year – Margery Blackney
Young Citizen of the Year – Kyle Collins
Sportsperson of the Year – Alexis Phillips

Certificates were presented to all who were nominated
Cootamundra Rodeo Committee
Bob Holder
Joel Pearson
Maci Wilkinson
Maureen Simpfendorfer
Michael Axsentieff
Tayla Collins
Will Ellis
Anne Tickner
Archie Wheaton
Bongongo Public School
Gundagai Racing Club
Jan Reardon
Mavis Turner

AUSTRALIA DAY 2024:

Celebrate with us on Friday 26 January 2024, in Carberry Park Gundagai and Albert Park Cootamundra. Starting at 8am, with free entertainment.

Catering supplied by Lions Clubs – Purchase a delicous breakfast.

Fun for the whole family, adventure playgrounds nearby.

Acknowledge Australia Day Award winners

The ambassador for Gundagai

Mr Mark Warren

The ambassador for Cootamundra:

Ethan Butson 28 holds an Advanced Science degree with a focus on Physics and Chemistry, and a master’s in medical physics from the University of Sydney. Currently training in Radiation Oncology Medical Physics, he is dedicated to treating patients to the highest standard of care and developing cutting-edge solutions for cancer treatment, leveraging his expertise in medical physics. A former finalist for the 2015 NSW Young Australian of the Year, Ethan also has a background in disability support. Actively engaged with The Water Gift, he utilizes the SAFE Sticker to provide safe drinking water to underserved populations, making a tangible impact one drop at a time. Additionally, as a member of the AUSSEF Steering Committee, Ethan contributes to STEM education, aiding Australian students in presenting at the Olympics of Science, the International Science and Engineering Fair.

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.

CGRC Media Release – CHANGE OF VENUE FOR COOTAMUNDRA’S AUSTRALIA DAY CELEBRATIONS

CGRC Media Release – AUSTRALIA DAY AMBASSADORS ANNOUNCED

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 Nomination Form 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.