Free breakfast marks start of Bega Valley Australia Day celebrations

Council invites Bega Valley residents to its COVIDSafe Australia Day celebrations, which will begin at 7am on Tuesday 26 January with a free breakfast in Bega’s Littleton Gardens.

At 8.30am, we will recognise and celebrate the achievements and community contributions of our 2021 Citizens of the Year and Australia Day Award winners.

Acting Sergeant Bradley Ross is Citizen of the Year, Susan Bear is Senior Citizen of the Year and Benjamin Neville is Young Citizen of the Year. Local Australia Day Awards will be awarded to Rodney McDonald, Angela Kane, Tarnie Long and Bradley Jamieson.

Bega Valley Shire Mayor, Russell Fitzpatrick is looking forward to the gathering, where we will be able to reflect, respect and celebrate Australia Day.

“This year we reflect on the resilience of our communities, and the spirit of helping and giving that defines us as Australians,” he said.

“We respect the selfless sacrifice of first responders and frontline workers who put the safety and well-being of others before their own.

“And we celebrate those who worked through fire, flood and pandemic to protect life and property and keep our nation going.” "We will also welcome our latest new Australians at an official Australian Citizenship Ceremony."

Master of Ceremonies for the Australia Day event will be Dales Whyte and special guest speaker Chief Inspector Peter Volf from NSW Police.

Local entertainment will also be provided throughout the morning.

As this is a COVIDSafe event, Service NSW QR check-in is required - please do not attend if you feel unwell. COVID Marshalls will also be on hand to assist people.