Wollondilly's Australia Day celebrations will be a little different this year

Australia Day in Wollondilly is going to look a little different this year.

The ongoing pandemic has forced Wollondilly Council to change its annual celebration this year.

An Australia Day Citizenship and Awards Ceremony will still be held in the Picton Botanic Gardens, but this year it will be a ticketed event.

The ceremony will also be livestreamed on the council's Facebook page for those who are unable to secure a ticket.

Engineer, inventor and technologist Professor Neil Weste has been announced as the 2021 Australia Day Ambassador for Wollondilly.

Professor Weste is the NSW Nominee for 2021 Senior Australian of the Year and was a key contributor in the development of Wi-Fi, making a significant impact in engineering excellence.

Wollondilly mayor Robert Khan said it was an honour to welcome Professor Weste this year.

"Council and the community would like to welcome Professor Neil Weste as our Wollondilly Ambassador for 2021," he said.

"Professor Weste's achievements are truly amazing and I looking forward to hearing him speak on Australia Day in January."

Professor Weste and his research partner Dr David Skellern founded Radiata Communications to commercialise Wi-Fi technology in 1997.

Throughout his career, Professor Weste has continued to demonstrate outstanding and consistent leadership at the frontier of telecommunications and microelectronics.

With 14 US patents to his name, he authored the textbook 'Principles of CMOS VLSI Design 'in 1984.

Now in its fourth edition, it is a bestseller as an undergraduate text and reference book in more than 600 institutions worldwide.

As a member of the AusIndustry Innovation, Research and Development Board, Professor Weste consulted in industry development policy, mentored many small Australian technology start-ups and has given lectures on innovation.

The council will also be holding competitions for:

  • The best dressed house/driveway/garden or business
  • The best dressed Australia Day outfit

Mary Zanatta and Ally Dench will also provide an online cooking demonstration of some delicious Italian food and how to make a leg of lamb and damper in a camp fire oven.

There is a limit of 300 tickets.