Jerilderie Australia Day

Australia Day 2021

Congratulations to the 2021 recipients:

  • Citizen of the Year for 2021: Bill Ferris
  • Young Citizen for 2021: Aron Birch
  • 2021 Sportsperson of the Year: Chelsea Winn
  • Little Aussie Awards (nominated by the schools): Kizzi Moore (St Joseph’s Primary School) and Logan Eldridge (Jerilderie Public School)

Australia Day 2020

The Jerilderie community enjoyed Australia Day with celebrations in Luke Park adjacent to Lake Jerilderie.  

It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening for the entire family and includes musical entertainment, raffle prizes and announcement of the 2020 Australia Day Citizenship Awards.  

Congratulations to the winners of the Jerilderie Australia Day 2020 Community awards:

Pictured (L-R) are the 2020 Citizens of the Year, The Wednesday Group Elaine Forbes, Joan Kuschert, Anne Hardie, Joan Atkinson

2020 Citizen of the Year - The Wednesday Group: Elaine Forbes, Joan Kuschert, Anne Hardie and Joan Atkinson

Our 2020 Citizens of the Year is a group who have made an enormous contribution to the residents of the Jerilderie Multi Purpose Service, and our community as a whole, over the last 18 years.

This core group of volunteers, who are joined weekly by other supporters and friends, provide a special gathering place where MPS residents and others can meet, create, play and share fellowship, while enjoying morning tea and lunch. 

This group of dedicated and willing ladies play a vital part in caring for our elderly, and their success is measured by the enjoyment of those who attend.

They are quiet achievers who do what they do out of a genuine love of helping others.  They acknowledge the valuable contributions of our elder citizens, they recognise the need for everyone to be heard and respected, and they provide this wonderful social forum as their way of saying thank you.

Their generosity of spirit supports the Jerilderie MPS residents in so many ways, and makes our community a richer and more inviting place because of this wonderful group.

They are  proud to be labelled “The Wednesday Group” and have also been referred to as “The Ladies Who Do”.

2020 Young Citizen of the Year - Ben Neessen 

Pictured: Ben Neessen making his acceptance speech.

Our Young Citizen for 2020 is a young man who will, in the future, become a community leader.

Ben is a talented sportsperson and is involved in many of our local sporting organisations, particularly the Jerilderie Football Club.  During his relatively short playing history, he has totalled 135 games for the Club, including 10 games with the seniors side in 2019.  His playing ability has been recognised with many awards.

He has also been involved with both the Jerilderie and Finley Cricket Clubs.

These involvements have developed Ben’s leadership skills and provided him with opportunities for sporting representation at higher-level competitions. 

A current student at Finley High School, Ben represents his peers on the Student Representative Council and is active in the Aboriginal Education meetings. In 2020 he takes on the School’s highest student leadership role as School Captain. This is an achievement of which he should be tremendously proud. 

Ben has represented Finley High in cricket, soccer and Australian Rules football.

He is a proud Aboriginal student and is a role model to other Aboriginal students, and all students in general. He was a recent recipient of an award at the Proud and Deadly Aboriginal Awards in Deniliquin.  

Introduced to community participation from an early age, this young man promotes community spirit, and is kind, humble and always thinks of others.

He is respectful, works well with his peers, and  leads by example. 

Ben is an inspiring young citizen, and his family and the Jerilderie community can be justifiably proud of him.

2020 Little Aussie Awards

This category recognises the commitment and endeavours of younger community members.  The Award sees one pupil from both the Jerilderie Public School and St Joseph’s Primary School being selected on merit for their contributions. 

Pictured: The Australia Day Jerilderie 2020 Little Aussie recipients, Lachlan Wells from St Josephs School and Dan Eldridge from Jerilderie Public School.

Jerilderie Public School - Dan Eldridge 

Dan is an enthusiastic and capable student.  He has a ready smile, and is always happy to offer a helping hand or have a chat.

He is considerate of his peers and the younger students. 

The ultimate all-round student, Dan will apply himself to any given task to the best of his considerable abilities.

He has represented the School in a wide variety of activities, including debating, football, cricket, swimming, public speaking, drama and music.

Dan is very community minded, and is an active member of the Jerilderie Football and Cricket Clubs.

At school he helps to maintain the community garden and feed the chooks on a regular basis.

School Captain in 2019, Dan was an excellent role model, upholding the duties of a school leader with pride.

Dan is a very deserving winner of the Little Aussie Award, 2020


St Joseph’s Primary School – Lachlan Wells 

Lachlan is a fantastic role model for all students, with his kindness and thoughtfulness.  He is always considerate of his peers, and is a great friend and supporter of the younger students of the school. 

In the classroom, Lachlan applies himself diligently to his learning, and is a pleasure to teach.

He is an enthusiastic young sportsman, and shows great determination and persistence in his sporting endeavours. He is a keen cricketer, swimmer and footballer.

Active in the School Music Programme, Lachlan has become a very impressive trumpet player.

Lachlan is involved in all aspects of school life, and has shown on many occasions, through his actions, words and determination, that he is a very worthy recipient of the Little Aussie Award, 2020.


Posthumous Patron of Jerilderie Australia Day Committee - Ian Sneddon

Also part of the 2020 Australia Day celebrations was the posthumous naming of Ian Sneddon as the Patron of the Jerilderie Australia Day Committee.

In April, 2019,  Mr Ian Sneddon, one of Jerilderie’s greatest volunteers, advocates and ambassadors, lost his battle with MND.

Ian had a very deep seated belief that here in Jerilderie we lived in the best part of the world.  He openly acknowledged there was much to see out there, but there was no place like home.

He championed the importance and the privilege of being able to celebrate Australia Day.

Ian lived with the belief that while society and its challenges are ever changing, our need to remember how very lucky we are should be celebrated.   As in life, nothing is without its challenges, but it is the indomitable Australian spirit and our highly valued sense of community that sustains us.

Ian supported, encouraged and believed deeply in our unique Australia Day celebrations.

He was so very delighted when our community members were acknowledged, and so very thrilled that so many people took the time to observe and acknowledge these valuable contributions.

Ian lived and breathed community – his many hours, days, weeks and years are a true demonstration of this.

Pictured: Mrs Robynne Sneddon with Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae, accepting the conferring of her late husband, Ian Sneddon, as Patron of the Jerilderie Australia Day Committee. 

Australia Day 2020 Programme



Australia Day 2019

In 2019 five worthy recipients received awards for their achievements and contributions to the Jerilderie Community:

Citizen of the Year - Joy Knight - read about Joy's achievements here.

Young Citizen of the Year - Mitchell A'Vard - read about Mitchell's achievements here.

Sportsperson of the Year - Sienna Burke - read about Sienna's achievements here.

Little Aussie of the Year (St Jospeh's Primary School) - Chloe Rorato - read about Chloe's achievements here.

Little Aussie of the Year (Jerilderie Public School) - Abbey A'Vard - read about Abey's Achievements here.

Jerilderie Australia Day Award Recipients:
From Left: Citizen of the Year, Joy Knight, Little Aussie's of the Year, Chloe Rorato and Abbey A'vard, Murrumbidgee Council Mayor, Councillor Ruth McRae, Young Citizen of the Year, Mitchhell A'vard, and Sportsperson of the Year, Sienna Burke



Australia Day 2018

2018 saw four worthy recipients receive awards for their achievements and contributions to the Jerilderie Community.

Citizen of the Year 2018
Sadie Herrick
Please click here for a summary of Sadie's many contributions and achievements.

Sportsperson of the Year 2018

John Purcell
Please click here for a summary of John's contributions to the Jerilderie sporting community.
Little Aussie of the Year

Jerilderie Public School - Lucy Simpson

For a summary of Lucy's achievements click here.

St Joseph's Primary School - Mia Neessen

For a summary of Mia's achievements click here.

Left to right: Mia Neessen, Lucy Simpson, Cr Ruth McRae, Sadie Herrick, John Purcell

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