2019 Australia Day Events
2019 Award Nominations Now Open
Nominations must be received by 5pm, Friday 23November 2018.
For more information about nominating, visit the following link:
Australia Day Awards
Each year the Australia Day Awards are held as part of the Wagga Wagga City Council Australia Day Ceremony. Awards categories include Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year, Ted Ryder Sports Memorial Award and the Walk of Honour.
The Sporting Hall of Fame Inductees and Local Legends are also announced on Australia Day.
Citizen of the Year Award
2017 Citizen of the Year - Dianne Jacobson
Dianne has been the driving force behind the Wagga Wagga Eisteddfod for the past 30 years. From initially helping out an afternoon tea, Dianne has held many positions over the years, including president. She is currently treasurer of the committee and is one of the many tireless volunteers that help with the eisteddfod, which brings more than 2000 people to Wagga twice a year.
Previous Citizen of the Year recipients
|2014||Aunty Isobel Reid|
Young Citizen of the Year
2017 Young Citizen of the Year - Isobel Cowell
Isobel was Vice Captain at Wagga Wagga High School and achieved Honours Level for an impressive sixth time for academic, school service, community service, cultural activities and sporting achievements. She was selected in the Australian All Schools under 16 girls hockey team to tour South Africa and was also selected in the Open NSW Country Hockey team. Isobel’s achievements saw her named in the Australian Futures Squad.
Previous Young Citizen of the Year recipients
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.
2017 Walk of Honour - Jim Elphick
The 2017 Walk of Honour plaque was unveiled on Friday 19th May. The 2017 recipient was Jim Elphick. Jim has been sharing his passion for tennis for almost 50 years and in 2000 the Jim Elphick Tennis Centre was named in recognition of his contribution to the sport.
Off the court, Jim wrote a book detailing the history of tennis in Wagga and with his wife Mavis was instrumental in fostering the growth of tennis in the city.
He was the inaugural president of the Wagga Wagga Tennis Association in 1971 and held that position until 1997.
Previous Walk of Honour recipients
|1998||Ada Beatrice Webb|
|1998||William and Amy Hurd|
|1998||Robert John Hurst|
|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||Henry Ernest and Morris Henry Gissing|
|1999||Edgar Hugh Graham|
|1999||Leyton Selwyn "Don" Joyes|
|1999||Rosina Mary Grosse|
|2002||William George Fitzroy Huthwaite|
|2003||Dr Bruce William Harding|
|2004||Robert Lancaster Brunskill|
|2006||George Hilton Brown|
|2008||Brian and Joy Kahlefeldt|
|2009||Michael Kennedy OAM|
|2010||Brian Gerald Kennedy|
|2012||Marguerite (Madge) Wallace|
|2014||Marie & Dr William Thompson|
|2015||Henry "Arthur" Nixon|
Ted Ryder Sports Memorial
2017 Ted Ryder Sports Memorial - Anthony Paul
Anthony has been president of the Wagga Wagga Water Polo Association for 22 years. He has helped the club grow from a men's competition, through to a men's and women's competition with multiple grade and a successful junior competition. Anthony has been instrumental in getting major competitions to Wagga, including the NSW Country Water Polo Championships. Outside the pool, Anthony has been involved with the Wagga Wagga Brothers, the Riverina Academy of Sport and the Sporting Hall of Fame Committee
Previous Ted Ryder Sports Memorial recipients
Sporting Hall of Fame
2017 Sporting Hall of Fame Inductee - Alicia Quirk
Starting her international playing career in 2013 at 21 years of age and reaching the highest level in her sport in 2016 at the Olympic Games. Alicia Quirk played every minute of every game during her country’s successful Olympic Games campaign in the the inaugural team of the Women’s Rugby 7’s at the Olympic Games in Rio. Alicia is Wagga’s first Olympic Gold Medalist.
To see the entire list of Sporting Hall of Fame inductees, visit the Museum of the Riverina website.