The nominations for the 2022 Australia Day Awards have been announced, with the winners to be presented during the official ceremony on Wednesday 26th January at the Goulburn Historic Waterworks.
Seven nominations were received for the Citizen of the Year for 2022, being;
- Gary Worboys: for his work in service for the Police Force over a number of decades at a high level, and as a volunteer in the Goulburn community with a number of sporting organisations.
- Sylvana Aliffi; for thirty years of volunteering, most notably in events raising money for Cystic Fibrosis Goulburn & District
- Irene Turner; for her volunteer work in the Windellama area, as part of a number of organisations, particularly the spinners and weavers group and Windellama Progress Association
- Geoffery Shepherd; for twenty years of service for the Goulburn Rugby Union Football Club, for which he has been inducted as a life member.
- Heather West; for her work as President of Goulburn Wetlands group (FROGS) alongside her volunteering for Goulburn historical Society and other organisations.
- Ian Radford; for his service over 40 years with Rotary, in particular his dedication to Youth Road Safety in this region
- Maggie Paterson; for her tireless work in support of Timor Leste, and the establishment of Goulburn’s Community Refugee Sponsorship Group
Three nominations have been received for the Event of the Year for 2022, being;
- Goulburn Show; for their efforts in reinvigorating the event, hosting a full three day show in March 2021 being one of the only country shows in NSW to be held in full in 2021.
- Convoy for Kids Mystery drive; for hosting a COVID safe event under difficult conditions, giving the community something to look forward to, and raising over $30,000
- 2580 Business Awards; for their efforts in pulling off an online event to recognise and celebrate local businesses during an incredibly difficult year.
Anbarasan Mitchell has been nominated for the Young Citizen of the Year Award, for his efforts in overcoming ill health in early life to go onto represent Goulburn in Golf at a high level.
This year the official ceremony, water activities, entertainment, food, rides, markets and more will take place at The Goulburn Historic Waterworks from 9am. The official ceremony commences at 10am.
Holding the event at the Goulburn Historic Waterworks, situated on the Wollondilly River will enable a wide range of water activities including stand up paddle boards, kayaks and pedal boats. The event will also include an Indigenous Art and Culture Expo which will be managed and run by a member of the Aboriginal Community. This will be undertaken through dedicated market stalls at the Historic Water Works Museum site
Shuttle buses will run from Victoria Park to the Goulburn Historic Waterworks between 9.00am to 2.00pm.