Wingecarribee Shire’s official Australia Day celebrations are set to proceed on 26 January in a virtual ceremony.
Due to the continued uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, Berrima’s traditional Australia Day street parade and markets will however not be held in 2022.
“In consultation with event organisers we have made the difficult decision to scale back this year’s Australia Day celebrations,” said Council’s General Manager Ms Lisa Miscamble.
“When making the decision we considered numerous factors including the increase of COVID-19 case numbers across the state,” she said. “It was agreed that public safety was of paramount importance.”
However, a Citizenship Ceremony and announcement of our Shire’s Australia Day Citizen of the Year recipients will still take place.
Both the Citizenship Ceremony and Citizen of the Year announcements will be live-streamed via Council’s website from 10 am on Wednesday 26 January 2022.
The General Manager said that while celebrations were set to look a little different from previous years it was still important to acknowledge the occasion.
“It’s equally important that we recognise those citizens in our community that have gone above-and-beyond for our Shire and welcome our newest residents,” she said.
“While this year’s celebrations may be more subdued than previous years, it will be no less important.”
Mr Amar Singh, the founder of Turbans 4 Australia, is set to join the virtual celebrations as the Shire’s 2022 Australia Day Ambassador.