Rosemary MacAllister was crowned his year’s Wollondilly Citizen of the year for her active commitment to the community through the Wollondilly Pony Club and three and a half decades years of service to Wollondilly Riding for the Disabled.

RDA (NSW) is a volunteer organisation providing equine assisted activities for people with disabilities to develop and enhance abilities. As the RDA Coach in Tahmoor, Rosemary cheerfully manages riders with diverse disabilities, including Down Syndrome, stroke victims, limited vision, and autism spectrum disorders.

Other category winners announced as part of the celebrations at Picton Botanic Gardens were:

Disability Inclusion Award – Jacqueline Lockyer

Local Hero, Community Group – Picton High School Mentoring Group

Local Hero, Individual – William Beattie

Senior Sportsperson of the Year – Jessica Conje

Junior Sportsperson of the Year – Heidi Lewschenko

Achiever of the Year – Lyn Davey

Environmental Citizen of the Year – Michelle Maroun

Senior Citizen of the Year – John Bicknell

Young Citizen of the Year – Rheya Mason

“I would like to congratulate and thank all this year’s nominees and winners for all the amazing work they do in our communities across the Shire,” Mayor of Wollondilly Matt Gould said.

“In particular I would like to congratulate Wollondilly’s Citizen of the Year, Rosemary MacAllister for her amazing contribution as a volunteer not only in 2024 but throughout 35 years of service to Tahmoor Riding for the Disabled.”

Later that day, Cr Gould and Wollondilly’s Australia Day Ambassador, artist Yianni Johns also congratulated the enthusiastic participants in the traditional Australia Day Mayors Fishing Competition!