Australia Day Awards announced


Graeme Packer - Citizen of the Year 2019 web

Kiama Council has announced Graeme Packer as the Australia Day Citizen of the Year for 2019.

Mr Packer has been recognised for his tireless work as a fundraiser with the Salvation Army in Kiama, in particular their Red Shield Appeal.

Council has also announced Tony Mitchell as Senior Citizen of the Year and Troy Bartrim as Young Citizen of the Year.

Children’s Medical Research Institute Gerringong is the Community Group of the Year.

The recipients will be presented with their awards at Council’s Australia Day celebrations on Saturday 26 January.

Council is hosting it’s Australia Day activities in Gerringong this year, following Jamberoo in 2018.

The celebrations include the Australia Day Awards presentations as well as the traditional citizenship ceremony in Gerringong Town Hall.

Council is also a hosting a range of Australia Day activities for the whole community outside the Hall  in Old School Park.

The activities include a bacon and egg breakfast, live music, jumping castle, face painting, come and try drumming workshops and novelty games, including giant versions of jenga and dominoes.

While Council is hosting it’s Australia Day celebrations in Gerringong, there will still be plenty happening in Jamberoo, Kiama Downs and Kiama itself.

A full list of Australia Day activities is available online:

These activities have been made possible thanks to the support of Gerringong Lions Club, Gerringong Rotary Club, Jamberoo Red Cross, Jamberoo Rural Fire Brigade, Kiama Downs Surf Life Saving Club, Kiama Rotary Club and Kiama Surf Life Saving Club.