Cheryl Koenig to headline Australia Day celebrations

20 December, 2017Posted in: Community, Events
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Tireless brain injury awareness advocate and author Cheryl Koenig is set to join Wingecarribee’s Australia Day celebrations this January at Berrima as the Shire’s 2018 Australia Day Ambassador.

Cheryl is an author of four books, motivational speaker, volunteer and fundraiser extraordinaire having helped raise over $190,000 for various health care services and non-government support groups.

In 2009 Cheryl was named NSW Woman of the Year, and in 2014 she received the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to people with disabilities, their families and carers.

Her involvement with disability services arose out of caring and advocacy for her son who was severely injured in a vehicle accident. That story was captured in her earlier book, Paper Cranes.

Cheryl continues to volunteer her time to improve health care services, which she combines with her passion for writing.

Ms Koenig takes immense pride in taking part in celebrations on Australia Day as an Ambassador and travels to regional areas each year to give her thoughts on Australia and what it means to be an Australian.

As our Shire’s 2018 Australia Day Ambassador, Cheryl will address guests as part of the official Australia Day celebrations which starts from 9.30am at the Berrima Court House.  The program will also feature a Citizenship Ceremony and the announcement of the Shire’s Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year awards.

Wingecarribee Shire Mayor, Councillor Ken Halstead said he looked forward to meeting Ms Koenig.

“Cheryl has an amazing tale to tell filled with hope, resilience and inspiration,” he said.

“We’re absolutely thrilled that she has agreed to join us and I can’t wait to hear her address this Australia Day.”

To learn more about Cheryl Koenig’s achievements visit

Wingecarribee Shire’s official Australia Day program starts at 9.30am on Friday 26 January 2018 at Berrima Court House.  Celebrations continue with the grand parade at 12 noon.  Entertainment will continue until 4pm with rides, amusements and stalls. 

Entry is free.

For more information visit Council’s website at