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Singleton Mayoral Scholarship Program

Applications for the 2016 Singleton Mayoral Scholarship Program have closed. Thanks to everyone that applied.

Established in 2009, the Singleton Mayoral Scholarship celebrates community contribution and academic achievements of people in the Singleton community. To date, the Singleton Mayoral Scholarship Program has awarded more than $120,000 in scholarships to deserving local recipients.

This prestigious scholarship attracts the highest calibre of applicants and is a fantastic way to celebrate their achievements and help them financially on their way to furthering educational opportunities as well as benefits to help further themselves and their respective career paths. 

The recipients of the scholarship in 2016 were:

Patrick MacPherson – University – Bachelor of Design/Architecture
Ethan Vinson – Vocational – Automotive Electrical Trade Certificate
Abbie Caelli – Apprenticeship – Automotive Administrations
Claire McHattie – High School – Higher School Certificate
Tiffany Hayward - Agriculture - Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing
Lauren Howard-Hickey - Hospitality - VET Hospitality

Applications closed Sunday 28 February 2016. Recipients were announced on 27 April 2016 at the Singleton Visitor Information and Enterprise Centre.


Singleton Council would like to recognise each year the Singleton Mayoral Scholarship Program is made possible by corporate sponsors.

Hunter Resource Recovery
Hunter Resource Recovery
Hunter Resource Recovery is an initiative of Cessnock, Lake Macquarie and Maitland City Councils and Singleton Council representing an estimate of 370,000 residents with 135,000 homes serviced each fortnight.
This unique alliance was formed to maximise the four Councils expenditure in developing an integrated kerbside recycling service. As a joint venture Company, HRR is able to combine the resources of the four Councils and provide a more cost effective service, particularly in rural and regional areas and also to provide “best practice” recycling technologies.

HRR now handles the management, co-ordination and implementation of recycling, waste minimisation and associated education strategies, representing an estimated 370,000 residents or a service area of 132,000 homes. The Board of Directors comprises of representatives from each city council.

The service represents one of the largest recycling contracts in Australia, with the service area covering three times the metropolitan area of Sydney.

Our company strongly believes that corporate Australia needs to support the youth of our community by providing the building blocks for a positive future whereby these scholarships will assist those most deserving to help make a more positive impact upon their community.  Those who are studying now may become the next corporate CEO and we hope that the cycle of giving and support would continue.

Coal & Allied
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With an 150 year history in the Hunter Valley, Coal & Allied is one of the region's major coal producers. It strives to achieve a vision of being a safe and highly successful business, valued by its customers, employees, shareholders and the community. Coal & Allied is owned by the Rio Tinto Group and Mitsubishi Development and its operations are managed by Rio Tinto Coal Australia. The Hunter Valley Operations Site Donations Committee, together with Mount Thorley Warkworth Site Donations Committee are pleased to support the Mayoral Scholarship Program for 2015.

Ashton Coal

Ashton Coal Mine is owned and managed by Yancoal Australia Ltd (Yancoal).  Yancoal produces approximately 16 million tonnes of saleable thermal and metallurgical coal per annum for export into international markets.  Operating seven sites across the regions of New South Wales and Queensland with interests in two ports, Yancoal currently employs approximately 2,000 people, sourcing the majority of its people from the local communities in which it operates.

The Ashton Coal mine, located in the Upper Hunter Valley region of NSW, is an underground coal mine that produces more than 1.5Mtpa of high quality semi-soft coking coal sold to a number of Asian based steel mills. 

Yancoal plays an important role within the communities it operates via employment and investment into local education, training, health and sporting initiatives.  Through the Mayoral Scholarship Program we are pleased to have the opportunity to provide much needed funds, which continue to make a real and positive difference in the lives of others.

“Ashton is proud to support such an important scholarship program, recognising the valuable contribution of individuals making a positive difference within the Singleton community,” Digby Short, Manager Environment and Community for Ashton Coal, says.

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Since opening its doors in 1878, Blackwoods has expanded its range of products and services, and improved the ability to supply all customers in Australia and abroad, not only with the right products for the job but also with solutions to save customers’ time and money, most of all, maintaining a safe work environment. Our diverse portfolio of business solutions, including on-site services, site-safety evaluations and planning, Blackwoods takes pride in safety in the work place, both as a service to you, and our own work environments.

In this ever changing economic environment, giving back to the Singleton community for supporting Blackwoods is something we strive to achieve.

This is why Blackwoods is proud to be sponsors of the Singleton Mayoral Scholarship.

Engaging in community support and safety is always an area of focus for us and, with Blackwoods being an Australian owned company,

Given the opportunity to invest in the futures of a new generation of Australians, growing in their chosen fields of expertise, is an opportunity that we could not miss.

We hope the recipients of these scholarships all the greatest, and look forward to the growth they will have throughout the year.

Bloomfields Colliery

The Bloomfield Group of Companies (Bloomfield) is 100 per cent Australian - owned and operated and has interests in mining and engineering in the Hunter Valley NSW. 

In business for 78 years, Bloomfield employs nearly 500 people and operates two open-cut mines; Bloomfield Mine (at East Maitland) and Rix’s Creek Mine (5 km northwest of Singleton).  Bloomfield undertakes other associated activities including contract coal washing and bulk handling, engineering and maintenance services to the mining industry. The company’s engineering businesses include Four Mile Engineering (East Maitland) and Kings Engineering (Rutherford and Lithgow)

The group also has equity positions in companies specialising in renewable energies, recycling and biofuel production.

It is a long standing policy of The Bloomfield Group to support the advancement of the youth in our region. The Mayoral Scholarship is a perfect vehicle for our company to achieve that goal.

Singleton Council
PO Box 314 Singleton NSW 2330
Ph: 02 6578 7290