Australia Day

Australia Day Awards 2017

Nominations have now closed. Awards will be announced on Wednesday 25th January.


Citizen of the Year Nominees: Maree Dosser, Ray Pelletier,  Colin Cheney, Dianne Jacobson,  Phillip Sheather

Young Citizen of the Year Nominees: Isobel Cowell

Walk of Honour Nominees:  Jim Elphick,  Narelle and Duncan Potts, Bob Bowcher (dec),  Aunty Kath Withers

Ted Ryder Memorial Award (Sports Administration):  Paul Johanson, Anthony Paul, Phillip McIntosh

Australia Day Events 2017

Australia Day Celebrations kick off on Wednesday 25th January and will run over two days!

Wednesday 25 January

Picnic + Movie at the Oasis.
Movie: Satellite Boy. Free entry from 7pm-9pm. No entry or pass outs after 9pm.
(No glass, alcohol or commercial food).
Oasis Aquatic Centre, 50 Morgan Street Wagga Wagga,

Beyond Bank Australia Day Awards.

7pm. Free entry. Presenting the Awards for Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Ted Ryder Sports Memorial and Walk of Honour. Also presenting the newest inductee in the Sporting Hall of Fame.
Featuring the Australia Day Ambassador, Army Band Kapooka and the National Anthem Comp Winners.
Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, Burn Way off Tarcutta Street Wagga Wagga.

Thursday 26 January

At the Wagga Beach, Johnston Street Wagga Wagga
7am - 9am - Free Community Breakfast
8am  - 2pm - Markets at the Beach
9am - 10am  - Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony
9am - 2pm - Free Amusements
10am - 2pm - Beyond Bank Entertainment Tent. Featuring: third generation entertainer Warren Kermond OAM, followed by Social Hand Grenade at 10.45am, Michelle Robertson and Daniel Tooze at 11.40am, Jaycob Peters at 12.30pm and The Convicts at 1.10pm.

At the Civic Theatre
1pm - Hit 93.1 Australia Day Talent Quest

Please be sun smart! All events are alcohol and glass free.

Please Respect the River. For more information visit

Wiradjuri Cultural Tours

Wiradjuri Cultural Tours will run from out front of the Civic Theatre at 11am and 12 noon.

The free walking tours run for 30 to 40 minutes starting at the front of the Civic Theatre.

Wiradjuri man Mark Saddler will talk about the history and significance of the lagoon and Civic Precinct area, as well as teaching some Wiradjuri language, and a didgeridoo and dancing performance.

Australia Day Ambassador - Warren Kermond

This year’s events will also feature Wagga’s Australia Day Ambassador Warren Kermond OAM. Mr Kermond is the third in now five generations of a show business family and has been performing from an early age.

His work has included his own productions throughout Australia and internationally, including New Zealand, Japan and all of Asia. In the United States he performed in seasons and numerous conventions in San Francisco, San Diego and Las Vegas and has also had major success in Zimbabwe and South Africa.

Parking and Shuttle Bus

Please note parking onsite at the Wagga Beach will be reserved for disabled patrons and pass holders only.

All other patrons are asked to park in the surrounding car parks and walk via the leafy Wiradjuri walking track or catch the shuttle bus in.

The shuttle bus will work in a continuous loop picking up from the CSU Playhouse car park and corner of Morrow & O'Reilly streets and come around every 15 - 20 minutes.

There will be a designated drop off zone for patrons wishing to drop off other people and their belongings.

For more information call 1300 292 442 or email