Who will be Ballina Shire Citizen of Year?

Who will be Ballina Shire Citizen of the Year?

Australia Day Celebrations

Wednesday 26 January 2022 | Livestreamed from 9am

This year’s Australia Day celebrations will be held on Wednesday 26 January 2022 and livestreamed from 9am on Ballina Shire Council’s website.

Residents are encouraged to sit back, relax, and enjoy the celebrations from the comfort of their own homes.

The day kicks off with a Welcome to Country, Citizenship Ceremony, music performance of The Seekers classic ‘I am Australian’ by locals Katie Rutledge, Dean Doyle and Narelle Harris, and the announcement of the highly anticipated Australia Day Awards.

The event will be co-hosted by Liz Ellis and Sandy Jackson. Liz is one of Australia’s elite athletes and former captain of the Australian Diamonds and Sydney Swifts netball teams. Liz is also a sports and current affairs commentator, author and mother. Sandy is a long-term MC of the Australia Day ceremony and we are delighted to have her reprising her role as co-host.

More than 30 nominations across the categories of Young Citizen, Senior Citizen, Volunteering, Sports, Arts/Cultural, Community Event, and Environment will be recognised and celebrated:

Young Citizen of the Year

Alex Chapman

Eli Carr

Kim Coupe

Senior Citizen of the Year

Barry Fiedler

Frank Hughes

Helen Lockton

Patrick Braz

Tracey Everingham-Armstrong

Volunteer of the Year

Allan Noble

Jo Parker

Maria Matthes

Sports Achievement

Bec Washington

Tyler Dogan

Veronica Silver

Arts and Cultural Award

Ali Chigwidden

Ballina and District Historical Society

Cathy Gordon


Sue Belsham

Community Event of the Year

10- Year Anniversary of Gift Wrapping – Scope Club of Ballina

COVID Crisis Meal Service (Cherry Street Sports Club)

COVID Crisis Meal Service (Ballina Hot Meal Centre, Cherry Street Sports Club, Rotary Club of Ballina-on Richmond, and Ballina Masonic Centre)

Social Support Program for the Elderly (Ballina Meals on Wheels)

Digital Literacy Skills Program (Dementia Inclusive Ballina Alliance)

The Battle of the Concert Bands (Resonator Music)

Starlight Super Swim Challenge (Rhian Slapp and The Boaty Boys)

Environmental Award

Ballina Kerbside Bin Collectors

Empire Vale Public School

Rotary Club of Ballina-on-Richmond

Revive the Northern Rivers

The awards ceremony will conclude with the announcement of the 2022 Ballina Shire Citizen of the Year.

This is a COVID safe event that will be livestreamed on Council’s website and Facebook page from 9am on Wednesday 26 January. To watch the livestream and for more information visit ballina.nsw.gov.au/australiaday

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