Australia Day 2015 in BegaPhotos, Video

Australia Day 2015 in Bega | Photos, Video Enjoying a family get together for the Australia Day long weekend are (back from left) Dave Brown and daughter Laura of Kalaru, Sue Cox of Tathra, Darcey, Monica and Mackenzie Brown of Kalaru, Jordan Watts of Wagga Wagga, (front) Kai Watts, baby Ollie Kelly and Peter Kelly of Wagga Wagga and Ray Cox of Tathra.
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Enjoying Bega’s Australia Day ceremony are Jeremy Fernando and daughter Rosanna.

Holly the red kelpie hangs out in her owner Bob Whiting’s 1954 Chevrolet at the Australia Day ceremony in Bega. The car was built in Brisbane by Holden (part of the General Motors Group). In those days each new model was built in a different capital city in Australia.

At the local emergency services from Bega Rural Fire Services and SES display at Bega’s Australia Day ceremony (from left) Shane Humphries, Cameron Bell, Clyde Green, Yvette Ringland with Philip Pittolo and Imogen Pittolo.

President Bega VRA rescue Phil Dutton with training coordinator Kevin Young at the Littleton Gardens Bega Australia Day ceremony.

Bega Heritage Motor Club members Tony Watson displays his 1928 Chrysler Roadstar and John Ironfield with his 1967 MGB Mark II.

Holly the red kelpie hangs out in her owner Bob Whiting’s 1954 Chevrolet at the Australia Day ceremony in Bega. The car was built in Brisbane by Holden (part of the General Motors Group). In those days each new model was built in a different capital city in Australia.

Bega Heritage Motor Club members Tony Watson displays his 1928 Chrysler Roadstar and John Ironfield with his 1967 MGB Mark II.

Bega Cubs and Scouts attended the ceremony (back from left) Emerson Sirl, Bailey Sirl, Lachlan Fraser, Clayton Troy, (front) Scott Lieper and Aaron Lieper with leader Brian Sirl.

Bega Cubs and Scouts attended the ceremony (back from left) Emerson Sirl, Bailey Sirl, Lachlan Fraser, Clayton Troy, (front) Scott Lieper and Aaron Lieper with leader Brian Sirl.

Annette Haigh and Elaine Caragher settle in for the Australia Day ceremony.

The Bega Guides with leader Anne Moore and Bega Cubs and Scouts with leader Brian Sirl head the parade to unfurl the flags at the start of the ceremony.

The Australia Day ceremony at Littleton Gardens gets underway with the singing of the national anthem.

The Australia Day ceremony at Littleton Gardens gets underway with the singing of the national anthem.

Bega Girl Guides prepare to unfurl the Australian flag.

Bega Cubs and Scouts raise the Aboriginal flag at the start of the ceremony.

Bega Cubs and Scouts raise the Aboriginal flag at the start of the ceremony.

Holly the red kelpie hangs out in her owner Bob Whiting’s 1954 Chevrolet at the Australia Day ceremony in Bega. The car was built in Brisbane by Holden (part of the General Motors Group). In those days each new model was built in a different capital city in Australia.

A good crowd attended Bega’s Australia Day ceremony under overcast skies.

A good crowd attended Bega’s Australia Day ceremony under overcast skies.

Master of Ceremonies Andrew Gray with Bega Valley Shire Citizen of the Year Marie Smith.

Master of Ceremonies Andrew Gray with Bega Valley Shire Citizen of the Year Marie Smith.

Mark Tonelli watches the proceedings.

Bega Valley Shire Citizen of the Year Marie Smith (right) with deputy mayor Cr Liz Seckold and Bega Valley Shire Council general manager Leanne Barnes.

Bega Valley Shire Citizen of the Year Janita Fernando (right) with deputy mayor Cr Liz Seckold and Bega Valley Shire Council general manager Leanne Barnes.

Bega Valley Shire Young Citizen of the Year Imogen Pittolo receives her award from deputy mayor Cr Liz Seckold and general manager Leanne Barnes.

Bega Valley Shire Young Citizen of the Year Kali Samuels-Connell receives her award from deputy mayor Cr Liz Seckold and general manager Leanne Barnes.

Bega Valley residents affirm their loyalty to Australia and its people at the citizenship ceremony.

Bega Valley residents affirm their loyalty to Australia and its people at the citizenship ceremony.

Bega Valley residents affirm their loyalty to Australia and its people at the citizenship ceremony.

Bega Valley Shire Council’s Australia Day ambassador Olympic swimmer, Mark Tonelli.

Bega Valley Shire Council’s Australia Day ambassador Olympic swimmer, Mark Tonelli.

Bega Valley Shire Council’s Australia Day ambassador Olympic swimmer, Mark Tonelli.

Bega Chamber of Commerce and Industry Bega Community Citizen of the Year, Annette Warby, receives her award from chamber president Mal Barnes.

Bega Chamber of Commerce and Industry Bega Community Young Citizen of the Year Sarah Halin is presented her award by chamber president Mal Barnes.

Two-and-a-half-year-old Kaida Nguyen of Tathra.

Two-and-a-half-year-old Kaida Nguyen of Tathra.

Thu Mong Thi Tran of Tathra celebrates her new Australian citizenship with husband Michael holding baby Kaiden and daughter, Kaida.

The Great Zamboni performing at the Australia Day ceremony in Bega.

Jake Whyman and Brittany Meers provided the live entertainment at the ceremony.

Helping to celebrate Annette Warby’s Community Citizen of the Year award are family members (from left) Michael Warby, Lily Warby, Pip Marshman and Andrew Warby.

Caroline Ryan with husband Tony is proud to now call Australia home. Caroline is from the Philippines but now lives at Tantawangalo. She feels very much at home in Australia and loves the people.

Musicians Jake Whyman and Brittany Meers with Bega Valley Shire Citizen of the Year Marie Smith.

Musician Brittany Meers who is a member of Bega Pony Club with Bega Valley Shire Citizen of the Year Marie Smith who is president of the Bega Pony Club.

The Great Zamboni performing at the Australia Day ceremony in Bega.

The inaugural “thongathon” attracted a pleasing number of entries.

Bega Valley Regional Gallery curator Iain Dawson and deputy mayor Cr Liz Seckold with the winning entry in the “thongathon” competition.

New Australian citizen Nuo Zhao of Bega with friend Jo Wheatley at the Bega ceremony.

TweetFacebookAlso receiving their awards for Bega Chamber of Commerce and Industry Community Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year were Annette Warby of Tathra and Sarah Halin of Bega.

Kelly Grant, Michael Jay, Caroline Ryan, Thu Mong Thi Tran, Nuo Zhao, Frances Buckle, Christopher Jesson, Elizabeth Tapp, Jane Van Limbeek and Melanie Bonney-Lukat became our newest Australian citizens in the Valley in a citizenship ceremony conducted by deputy mayor Cr Liz Seckold.

They were among a total of 15,915 people nationally from 152 different countries who took part in citizenship events across the country.

Cr Seckold congratulated the 10 local residents on becoming formal members of the Australian community.

The inaugural Aussie Thongathon art competition drew a great response with entries proudly displayed on the Hills Hoist set up in Littleton Gardens.

Laila Lee was judged the winner by Mr Tonelli and picked up a prize of a 12-month family pass to Sapphire Coast Aquatic Centre and signed memorabilia by Mr Tonelli.

Marie Smith, on accepting her award for Bega Valley Shire’s Citizen of the Year, said she was at first surprised and embarrassed by the successful nomination, but then decided at her age she was going to enjoy it.

Fellow recipient Janita Fernando felt the same way and said as a busy mother of four her energy and ability to help others comes primarily from her Christian faith and the support from her husband, Jeremy, and her daughters, parents and friends.

“I thank them for the support they give me for my many crazy ideas, particularly from friend Christine Smith, who partners with me and Jeremy,” Ms Fernando said.

“Jeremy and others share in this award with me.”

Joint Bega Valley Young Citizen of the Year Imogen Pittolo in her address thanked all those who have given her the opportunities she has had to make a difference, saying she enjoys doing what she does and seeing others gaining the benefits.

Meanwhile, Kalidevi Samuels-Connell of Pericoe thanked the people who nominated her and all those others who make a voluntary contribution to the community every day, who are not receiving an award.

On naming Annette Warby as Bega Chamber of Commerce Community Citizen of the Year, president Mal Barnes said Ms Warby, upon learning of her award, said she was “just doing something she felt needed to be done”.

“She has shown outstanding citizenship because of this need to volunteer,” Mr Barnes said.

Ms Warby acknowledged her sponsor Helen Slater and others in the community who have also volunteered in some form over the years.

“I thank the Bega Valley Shire Council for what they have done today and in the community in general.

“It’s really great to see so many young people stepping in and I’m very proud to be among those receiving awards today,” Ms Warby said.

Sarah Halin met the news of her award with stunned silence at first, Mr Barnes said.

“Sarah is one of those people though who puts her hand up for everything in the community,” Mr Barnes said.

Sarah thanked her family for their continual support and for “keeping me stable and going”.

“Thank you for the support people have given me in the Bega Valley.

“I’m on to bigger and better things because of this,” she said.

The ceremony concluded with live entertainment by Jake Whyman and Brittany Meers and activities for children.

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