PHOTOS: Australia Day in Cobargo

The Bega Valley's Australia Day Ambassador Catriona Rowntree is delighted to meet (from left) Cobargo Public School captains Luke Evans and Marnie Raentz and Quaama PS captains Lachlan Rixon and Taran Cross.
The Bega Valley's Australia Day Ambassador Catriona Rowntree is delighted to meet (from left) Cobargo Public School captains Luke Evans and Marnie Raentz and Quaama PS captains Lachlan Rixon and Taran Cross.
Showing their support at the Australia Day ceremony in Cobargo are (from left) Letitia Carroll, June Tarlinton and Sonia Evans.

Showing their support at the Australia Day ceremony in Cobargo are (from left) Letitia Carroll, June Tarlinton and Sonia Evans.

Enjoying the official Australia Day ceremony in Cobargo are (from left) the Bega Valley's Australia Day Ambassador Catriona Rowntree, Cobargo CWA president Mary Williams, Cobargo Citizen of the Year Carmel Dufty, Young Citizen of the Year Ryan Salway, Citizen of the Year Graham Parr, Bega Valley Shire Mayor Bill Taylor and Member for Bega Andrew Constance.

Enjoying the official Australia Day ceremony in Cobargo are (from left) the Bega Valley's Australia Day Ambassador Catriona Rowntree, Cobargo CWA president Mary Williams, Cobargo Citizen of the Year Carmel Dufty, Young Citizen of the Year Ryan Salway, Citizen of the Year Graham Parr, Bega Valley Shire Mayor Bill Taylor and Member for Bega Andrew Constance.

Joint Cobargo Citizens of the Year awardees Carmel Dufty and Graham Parr with Cobargo Young CItizen of the Year Ryan Salway.

Joint Cobargo Citizens of the Year awardees Carmel Dufty and Graham Parr with Cobargo Young CItizen of the Year Ryan Salway.

The Bega Valley's Australia Day Ambassador Catriona Rowntree meets Cobargo locals Alexander Morris, 11, and Bella, 7.

The Bega Valley's Australia Day Ambassador Catriona Rowntree meets Cobargo locals Alexander Morris, 11, and Bella, 7.

The Bega Valley's Australia Day Ambassador Catriona Rowntree expresses a point during her official speech at the Cobargo ceremony.

The Bega Valley's Australia Day Ambassador Catriona Rowntree expresses a point during her official speech at the Cobargo ceremony.

The Bega Valley's Australia Day Ambassador Catriona Rowntree expresses a point during her official speech at the Cobargo ceremony.

The Bega Valley's Australia Day Ambassador Catriona Rowntree expresses a point during her official speech at the Cobargo ceremony.

Australia Day Ambassador Catriona Rowntree expresses a point during her official speech at the Cobargo ceremony.

Australia Day Ambassador Catriona Rowntree expresses a point during her official speech at the Cobargo ceremony.

Australia Day Ambassador Catriona Rowntree expresses a point during her official speech at the Cobargo ceremony.

Australia Day Ambassador Catriona Rowntree expresses a point during her official speech at the Cobargo ceremony.

Cobargo Scouts Keeley, 15, and India Burden, 12, get into the Australia Day spirit at Cobargo.

Cobargo Scouts Keeley, 15, and India Burden, 12, get into the Australia Day spirit at Cobargo.

Residents file into the School of Arts hall in the lead-up to Sunday's Australia Day ceremony at Cobargo.

Residents file into the School of Arts hall in the lead-up to Sunday's Australia Day ceremony at Cobargo.

The Cobargo Scouts, including leader and Cobargo Citizen of the Year Graham Parr (fourth from right), prepare to unveil the Australian flag.

The Cobargo Scouts, including leader and Cobargo Citizen of the Year Graham Parr (fourth from right), prepare to unveil the Australian flag.

Cobargo CWA branch president Mary Williams shares a story.

Cobargo CWA branch president Mary Williams shares a story.

Member for Bega Andrew Constance shares a joke during Sunday's Australia Day ceremony at Cobargo.

Member for Bega Andrew Constance shares a joke during Sunday's Australia Day ceremony at Cobargo.

Cobargo Public School captain Marnie Raentz talks about what Australia Day means to her.

Cobargo Public School captain Marnie Raentz talks about what Australia Day means to her.

Cobargo Public School captain Luke Evans shares his views on Australia Day.

Cobargo Public School captain Luke Evans shares his views on Australia Day.

Excited about attending the Australia Day ceremony at Cobargo are (back, from left) Bruce and Kaye Greenfell, Shirley Rixon, (front) Taran Gross and Lachlan Rixon, both 11.

Excited about attending the Australia Day ceremony at Cobargo are (back, from left) Bruce and Kaye Greenfell, Shirley Rixon, (front) Taran Gross and Lachlan Rixon, both 11.

The crowd gathers for the Australia Day ceremony at Cobargo.

The crowd gathers for the Australia Day ceremony at Cobargo.

The crowd gathers for the Australia Day ceremony at Cobargo.

The crowd gathers for the Australia Day ceremony at Cobargo.

The Cobargo Public School choir leads the audience in a rousing version of We Are Australian.

The Cobargo Public School choir leads the audience in a rousing version of We Are Australian.

Cobargo residents (from left) Lynne Jones, Diana Winter, Dorothy Hathaway and Ian Webb attend the Cobargo Australia Day ceremony.

Cobargo residents (from left) Lynne Jones, Diana Winter, Dorothy Hathaway and Ian Webb attend the Cobargo Australia Day ceremony.

Cobargo CWA branch president Mary Williams and her grandsons Blake (left), 11, and Rhys, 12, show their support on Australia Day.

Cobargo CWA branch president Mary Williams and her grandsons Blake (left), 11, and Rhys, 12, show their support on Australia Day.

Sonia Evans leads the national anthem at the Cobargo Australia Day ceremony.

Sonia Evans leads the national anthem at the Cobargo Australia Day ceremony.

MORE than 150 people attended Sunday's Australia Day ceremony in Cobargo.

It was a particularly special day for Graham Parr, Carmel Dufty and Ryan Salway, who were recognised for their dedication to the Cobargo community.

Mr Parr and Ms Dufty shared the Cobargo Citizen of the Year honours, while Ryan was named Cobargo's Junior Citizen of the Year.

Mr Parr was recognised for his dedication to community groups including the Cobargo Scouts, Cobargo Show Society and Cobargo Rural Fire Brigade.

Ms Dufty has spent more than 20 years teaching swimming lessons in Cobargo and is also involved in the Cobargo Show, Cobargo Folk Festival and tennis club.

Ryan was Cobargo Public School captain in 2013 and was acknowledged for being a "wonderful leader" and his willingness to help others.

Another popular figure on Sunday was the Bega Valley's official Australia Day Ambassador Catriona Rowntree.

Ms Rowntree, the star of hit TV travel show Getaway, said she “begged for the role” to be the Valley’s ambassador.

During her speech, Ms Rowntree said she could feel the “spirit of the people here”.

Ms Rowntree discussed the importance of celebrating your passions and following your dreams.

Ms Rowntree said she loved visiting this area, adding the Sapphire Coast was a "natural beauty".

* See Tuesday’s BDN for full story.