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Wollongong City Council

Awards and Recognition

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

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.

Congratulations to our 2022 City of Wollongong Australia Day nominees, and our award winners:

  • Citizen of the Year: Emma McKeon
  • Senior Citizen of the Year: Dorothy 'Dot' Hennessy
  • Young Citizen of the Year (two recipients): Faith Clark and Alana Todorovski
  • Innovation Achievement Award (two recipients): Prof Lisa Kervin and Prof Kathleen Clapham
  • Sports Achievement Award: Alexander 'The Great' Volkanovski
  • Arts and Cultural Achievement Award (Arts): Matthew Verhelst
  • Arts and Cultural Achievement Award (Cultural): Aunty Lorraine Brown and Aunty Narelle Thomas
  • Community Group of the Year: VOX FM Community Radio
  • Diversity and Inclusion Award: Green Connect
  • Wollongong to the World Award: Dr Benjamin Clasie
  • Lord Mayor's Award (two recipients): Illawarra Academy of Sport and Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District.

Special mentions and certificates were also awarded to:

  • Margo Mains, Chief Executive of the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District
  • Wollongong Hospital COVID Intensive Care Team
  • Wollongong Hospital COVID Ward
  • Illawarra Ambulance personnel.

For more details about our Award recipients, see the Australia Day Awards media release.

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

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

Recent awards and recognition