Riverina residents prepare for Australia Day

IT'S the one day of the year the spirit of being an Australian grips the nation.Australia Day is fast approaching and while residents rush out to stock up on their blue singlets and thongs, 15 residents are nervously awaiting the decision on who will be our citizens of the year. Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Walk of Honour Awards, Ted Ryder Memorial Award and the Sporting Hall of Fame recipients will be named during Wagga's official Australia Day activities.The day will begin at 7am with a free community breakfast outside the Civic Theatre with entertainment provided by Grant Luhrs. From 8.30am, the day will be in full swing as the city converges at the Victory Memorial Gardens for the announcement of award winners. Wagga's Australia Day ambassador, selected by Wagga Australia Day Community Committee, will be Wayne Pigram who most recently starred as a Police Commissioner in Underbelly - The Golden Mile. Born in Cootamundra, Mr Pigram completed his schooling in Wagga before moving onto primary school teaching studies at the Riverina College of Advanced Education. His musical talent as a drummer led to his involvement in a number of productions with the Riverina Theatre Company before working with the Sydney Theatre Company, Nimrod, Playbox in Melbourne and working alongside Lauren Bacall in the touring production of Sweet Bird of Youth. Having travelled extensively, he now lives in Wagga, giving back to local musicians as a drum teacher at the Riverina Conservatorium of Music. Families can enjoy a range of free children's rides, temporary tattoos and hand waver flags which will be handed out on Baylis and Morrow streets until 1pm.

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