NEW CITIZENS & AUSTRALIA DAY AWARD WINNERS FOR 2023

Wentworth Shire Council has welcomed three new citizens to Australia and announced the Australia Day Award winners at their Ceremony held at the Coomealla Memorial Sporting Club in Dareton on 25 January 2023.

The Australia Day 2023 Awards had very worthy nominees, each of whom have made outstanding contributions to the community through volunteering, sports, culture and the environment. Nominees for the Citizen of the Year award included Ross Hall, Clair Bates, Gwen Wilkinson and Jan White.

The Wentworth Shire Council 2023 Citizen of the year is Gwen Wilkinson. Gwen is a Life Member of the Gol Gol Rural Fire Service, a wildlife carer for almost 35 years with Sunraysia Wildlife Carers Group and an extremely active member at the Australian Inland Botanic Gardens since 2012.

Other award winners on the night included Daniel Hawkins, Young Citizen of the Year, Bec Marshall Sportsperson of the Year, Kalesita Burton Young Sportsperson of the Year.

Mayor Tim Elstone also conferred citizenship on Miss Anna Kuus, Mrs Brooke Mobilio and Ms Ludivina Macalla.

Mayor of Wentworth Shire, Cr Tim Elstone said “On behalf of the Wentworth Shire community, I warmly welcome our new citizens to the Wentworth Shire and to Australia. I also congratulate the 2023 award winners and of course, all of the deserving nominees. I would also like to acknowledge those who took the time to submit such worthy nominations. In addition, I would like to thank our Australia Day Ambassador, Dr. Clio Cresswell and Senator Perin Davey for being part of our celebrations. It was a pleasure to have them attend.

2023 Australia Day Award Winners – – pictured with Mayor of Wentworth Shire Cr Tim Elstone, Senator Perin Davey & Australia Day Ambassador Dr Clio Cresswell
2023 Citizen of the Year Nominees – pictured with Mayor of Wentworth Shire Cr Tim Elstone & Australia Day Ambassador Dr Clio Cresswell
Sportsperson of the Year – Rebecca (Bec) Marshal – pictured with Mayor of Wentworth Shire Cr Tim Elstone & Australia Day Ambassador Dr Clio Cresswell
Young Citizen of the Year – Daniel Hawkins – pictured with Mayor of Wentworth Shire Cr Tim Elstone & Australia Day Ambassador Dr Clio Cresswell
Young Sportsperson of the Year – Kalesita Burton – – pictured with Mayor of Wentworth Shire Cr Tim Elstone & Australia Day Ambassador Dr Clio Cresswell
Citizen of the Year Nominee – Jan White – pictured with Mayor of Wentworth Shire Cr Tim Elstone & Australia Day Ambassador Dr Clio Cresswell
Senator Perin Davey & Cr Daniel Linklater Deputy Mayor for Wentworth Shire Council
Citizen of the Year – Ross Hall – pictured with Mayor of Wentworth Shire Cr Tim Elstone & Australia Day Ambassador Dr Clio Cresswell

Wentworth Shire to welcome new citizens

Three Wentworth Shire residents will become its newest citizens during a special citizenship ceremony at Coomealla Memorial Sporting Club in Dareton this Australia Day Eve, Wednesday 25 January 2023 from 6:00pm.

Wentworth Shire Mayor, Cr Tim Elstone said: “Our new will join thousands of other Australians who are celebrating their citizenship. They will contribute their skills and cultural diversity to our local community, and enrich it through their hard work and participation in public life.”

Mayor Elstone will preside over the ceremony, which will also include the Australia Day Awards Ceremony and a Welcome to Country by Arthur Kirby from Barkindji Maraura Elders Environment Team (BMEET).

Other events to celebrate Australia Day on Thursday 26 January 2023 will include:

Breakfast in the Australian Inland Botanic Gardens

A breakfast cooked by the Buronga Gol Gol Lions Club in the picturesque Australian Inland Botanic Gardens commencing from 8:00am.

Pooncarie – Breakfast in Pioneers Memorial Park

The Pooncarie and District Development Association will hold a breakfast in Pioneers Memorial Park, Pooncarie commencing from 8:00am.

Dareton Community Brunch in the Park

The Dareton Coomealla Namatjira Community Action Group will hold a brunch in Tapio Park, Dareton commencing from 10:00am.

“I encourage everyone to not only enjoy Australia Day festivities, but to take time and reflect on what it means to be an Australian citizen. Think about how you can become more involved with your local community, to help make it a better place every day,” said Mayor Elstone.

For more information about Australia Day activities in Wentworth Shire, visit the Experience Wentworth website at: www.experiencewentworth.com.au

For more information about Australian citizenship (including eligibility criteria and application process) and our shared values, visit www.citizenship.gov.au

Ready to Winedown at the Australian Inland Botanic Gardens?

FREE TO ATTEND // FOR ALL AGES

Get ready to Winedown at the Australian Inland Botanic Gardens (AIBG), Buronga. Pack your picnic rug and bring your friends to enjoy a platter and listen to some of Australia’s top artists.

Featuring MallratAlldayAlice Ivy & Loose Bricks, you can enjoy some of the region’s best wine offerings with pop-up cellar doors and a beer garden.

Enjoy a platter of delicious gourmet foods from local catering companies and food vans.

Although the event is no longer located at Wentworth, buses will still be running from Wentworth, Dareton, Buronga and Gol Gol to support our local businesses before and after the event.

Buses will also be running to and from Mildura for those living across the border. All bus tickets will be a small fee of $10 plus booking fee for a return trip.

Head to www.experiencewentworth.com.au to purchase bus tickets and for more information.

Funded by the Reconnecting Regional NSW – Community Events Program

Australia Day 2023 Ambassador announcement

Wentworth Shire Council will hold its Australia Day Citizenship and Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 25 January 2023 at the Coomealla Memorial Sporting Club Auditorium in Dareton from 6:00pm. The event will consist of the Australia Day Awards presentation, Citizenship Ceremony and formal proceedings, followed by a light supper.

The Australia Day 2023 ambassador for the Wentworth Shire Council is Dr Clio Cresswell, faculty member of the School of Mathematics and Statistics at The University of Sydney. Dr Clio has research interests focused on the evolution of mathematical thought and the role of mathematics in society. The fascination is mathematics as the epitome of logic, problem solving and abstract thinking. She is the celebrated author of Mathematics and Sex; known for seeing the connecting themes across spectrums. Though the maths she gets called upon to explain most of all – and that includes every single news outlet in Australia – is… what are the odds of winning Lotto!

With English parents, her early childhood was on a Greek island and school was in the south of France where she studied Visual Art. Australia and mathematics were both joyfully discovered at eighteen, where she went on to win the University Medal and focused on Painlevé equations for her Ph.D. at The University of New South Wales. Today, Clio is a very proud Australia Day Ambassador.

Communicating mathematics has become integral to her work where Clio is now called on for comment by media worldwide, always highlighting the ubiquitous mathematical element to our lives. From The B Team with Peter Berner on Sky News Live, to Conan O’Brien on his late night show on TBS in the US, to being voted one of the 25 Most Beautiful People by Who Weekly. Admittedly, the latter was back in 2001 but still not bad for a fastidious mathematician!

Clio has delivered two TEDx presentations. One in Sydney at the Sydney Opera House, and one in Budapest.

This event is open for the general public to attend. Wentworth Shire Council will publicise all award winners at www.wentworth.nsw.gov.au following the awards ceremony.

Council extends their best wishes to all Australia Day Citizenship and Awards nominees for 2023.

WENTWORTH WINEDOWN

💥 NEW LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT!!! 💥

Due to the current flooding, Wentworth Winedown has been moved to a new location – a hidden gem within the Shire!

Enjoy a day in the garden – the Australian Inland Botanic Gardens Mildura-Wentworth. Located just outside of Buronga.

SATURDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2023

2PM – LATE

AUSTRALIAN INLAND BOTANIC GARDENS, BURONGA

Celebrating our regions great produce, food & wine with a backdrop of some of Australia’s best young artists.

Kick back & relax with –

▶️ MALLRAT

▶️ ALLDAY

▶️ ALICE IVY

▶️ LOOSE BRICKS

‘Make your own platter’ at the farmers markets stalls, delicious gourmet foods from local catering companies + food vans & pop-up cellar doors selling tasty local wines.

Although the event is no longer located at Wentworth, buses will still be running from Wentworth, Dareton, Buronga and Gol Gol to support our local businesses before and after the event.

Buses will also be running to and from Mildura for those living across the border. All bus tickets will be a small fee of $10 + booking fee for a return trip.

Head to www.experiencewentworth.com.au to purchase bus tickets and for more information.

Funded by the Reconnecting Regional NSW – Community Events Program.

FREE TO ATTEND // FOR ALL AGES

Dareton Markets

The Dareton Street Markets are back!

SATURDAY, 12 NOVEMBER 2022 FROM 08:00-11:00

Come and see the range of local stallholders, grab a bite to eat from the food vans and participate in the kids’ activities including AFL games and face painting.

It’s free to attend – bring the family for a fun morning out!

If you would like to have a stall at this event, please contact events@wentworth.nsw.gov.au

Wentworth Lights Up Street Party

Saturday 26 November 2022

3pm – late

Darling Street, Wentworth

Come and celebrate the start of the festive season and shop LOCAL this Christmas!

  • Food Vans
  • Live Entertainment
  • Kids Activities
  • Local Stallholders
  • Late Night Shopping

PLUS get a photo with Santa at Santa’s Workshop as well as follow our Christmas Light Trail and see the Wentworth area’s display of Christmas Lights!

Bring the whole family for a great night out! FREE to attend.

If you would like to be involved in this event, please email events@wentworth.nsw.gov.au.

Christmas Lights Trail

CALLING ALL WENTWORTH, CURLWAA & POMONA RESIDENTS & BUSINESS OWNERS

Here’s your chance to WIN!

We are encouraging all Wentworth, Pomona & Curlwaa residents and businesses to put up their Christmas Lights before Saturday 26 November and take part in our ‘Christmas Light Trail’ with the top three homes or businesses winning a prize!

We will be distributing ‘Christmas Light Trail’ maps at our Wentworth Lights Up event on Saturday 26 November for the local community and visitors to follow the trail.

If you would like to participate and have your house on the trail map as well as be in the running to win a prize, please email events@wentworth.nsw.gov.au by 5pm, Friday 18 November.

WENTWORTH & SURROUNDS – WORTH SEEING, WORTH DOING!

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