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Wollongong City Council

Awards and Recognition

We acknowledge people, community groups and organisations that make Wollongong a better place.

Nominations are now open for the 2023 City of Wollongong Australia Day Awards. 

See our Australia Day Awards page for details and to make a nomination.

The Local Government Regional NAIDOC Awards celebrate the contribution and achievements of Aboriginal* communities in Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama and Shoalhaven local government areas.

The 2022 awards were hosted by Wollongong City Council on Saturday 30 July. See our Local Government Regional NAIDOC Awards page for details.

*Note: 'Aboriginal' includes Torres Strait Islander people.

Our Recognition Receptions are held twice a year to acknowledge the outstanding achievements of individuals and organisations in our city. This can include national Roll of Honour recipients, volunteers, academics, sportspeople and others who contribute to our community.

If you’d like to suggest someone to be included in a future recognition reception, email or call us on (02) 4227 7111.

Recipients of Keys to the City of Wollongong

2022Professor Justin Yerbury AM
2020Richard Tognetti
2016Emma McKeon
2016Emma Tonegato
2016Nicole Beck
2016Cyrus Villanueva
2012 Mat Campbell
2009St George Illawarra Dragons
2006Kerryn McCann
200526 Army Cadet Unit
2001Wollongong Hawks
2000Wollongong Wolves
1997Anthony Warlow
1997TS Albatross Cadets
1995Steve Elkington
1987Wayne Gardner