15 January 2021

If 2020 taught us anything, it was that the spirit of resilience is well and truly alive in Singleton and our villages. Some of our biggest successes have been as a direct result of the drought, bushfires and the global pandemic, bringing our community together even when we were forced to be apart. And while there is no question 2020 was a challenging year, there were people in our community who freely give their own time and energy to keep on helping others and I cannot wait to honour some of them later this month during our virtual Australia Day celebrations. 

While ongoing COVID-19 restrictions have prevented the Singleton Australia Day Committee from hosting our traditional family-friendly event Twilight, the global pandemic doesn’t change that Australia Day is a great occasion for us to learn more about each other, reflect on what we love about Australia and celebrate what makes this the best country in the world. That’s why we are encouraging all residents to get involved online by posting their favourite Aussie tradition, pastime, recipe and photos at home to Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #SpiritofSingleton. Whether you’re enjoying a barbeque in Rose Point Park, playing backyard cricket at home, or taking a dip at the Gym and Swim, I encourage everyone to post your pic online with the hashtag #SpiritofSingleton for your chance to win — there are 25 $50 Spend in Singleton gift cards to be won just by posting your photo.

And of course, our formal Australia Day Ceremony will be held on 26 January to announce our Citizen of the Year and welcome our newest citizens — which will be livestreamed due to limited attendees in our Civic Centre. Singleton has so many residents who selflessly contribute their time and energy to making our community better for everyone, and any one of our five nominees is worthy of the honour of Citizen of the Year. We are very privileged to also have Channel Nine’s Charles Croucher join us as our special guest as part of official proceedings. Be sure to tune in on the day. 

We have entered the first month of the new year full of optimism, and it’s already shaping up to be busy. 2021 will see Council embark on the development of a new Community Strategic Plan, and with a new Council to be elected in September, and as we reflect on the achievements over the current term of Council, it’s an ideal time to consider Singleton’s place in the world for the generations to come. While our community’s priorities may shift in light of what is to come as we enter the next phase of this pandemic, what won’t change is our commitment to being at the front door, working for the best outcomes for the people of Singleton. 

2021 will also see the continuation of our capital works program with projects like the opening of the new Animal Management Facility, the completion of upgrades to Kelso Street, Singleton Town Centre-  Stage Two, water main renewals, and the reimagination of Townhead Park as a cultural precinct with the construction of the new Arts + Culture Centre and bike track, not to mention the vast array of community and infrastructure projects made possible by the NSW government’s reformed Resources for Regions grant program that was announced at the end of last year. I’m also keen to see the progress of the Singleton Bypass — with a concerted effort to ensure the State gets the design right, and, more broadly, the important economic planning work happening with the Hunter Joint Organisation of Council’s Foundation 2050. There really is so much to look forward to.

 

Cr Sue Moore
Mayor of Singleton