Australia Day Awards

Each year the Australia Day Committee calls for nominations for the Citizen of the Year and Young Achiever of the Year awards, to be announced at the Civic Ceremony on Australia Day.

The objective of the awards is to recognise outstanding personal achievement or outstanding contribution to the community during the previous year. All residents of the Singleton Council local government area are eligible to nominate.

2022 AUSTRALIA DAY CEREMONY


LIVESTREAM

The Singleton community is encouraged to come together virtually to be part of the official ceremony, which will be  livestreamed from 9.30am below, on vimeo and via Council's Facebook page

CEREMONY PROGRAM

Follow along with the livestream by downloading the official Singleton Australia Day Ceremony program here,  or view online below. 

ABOUT THE AWARDS

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARD

This Award is presented to the citizen judged to have made the most outstanding contribution to the Singleton Local Government Area including but not limited to the year of nomination,  and must be 26 years or older.

Nominations need to demonstrate some or all of the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated commitment to the betterment of the community
  • Is law abiding 
  • Undertakes activities, which have had a significant impact within the community
  • Provides a positive role model for others
  • Takes the lead and shows vision
  • Undertakes activities that promote the welfare and wellbeing of the community
  •  Contributions made by nominees, have either been done on voluntary basis or exceed the normal requirements of the person’s paid work

YOUNG ACHIEVER OF THE YEAR AWARD

This Award is presented to the young achiever judged to have made the most outstanding contribution to the Singleton Local Government Area including but not limited to the year and must be 16 years to 26 years of age on Australia Day. 

Nomination for this Award is open to all residents of the Singleton Local Government Area and they must be 16 to 26 years of age to be
considered for the award.

Nominations need to demonstrate some or all of the following criteria:

  • Participates in the community
  • Active in youth issues
  • Is caring, compassionate and sharing
  • Shows vision
  • Takes the lead
  • Positive role model to peers
  • Accepts responsibility for self and others
  • Showed outstanding achievement in eg: academic, sporting, cultural, environment or civic responsibility
  1. 2022
  2. 2021

2022 CITIZEN OF THE YEAR 

UNCLE WARREN TAGGART

Dedicated Aboriginal elder, Wanaruah Aboriginal Land Council Board Member and Wambo Coal Singleton Hall of Fame inductee, Uncle Warren Taggart has worked tirelessly to both preserve and share the rich history and culture of the Wanaruah, Wonnarua people, including conducting regular tours of the culturally significant Baiame Cave.

He is a long-time member of the Singleton Aboriginal Advisory Committee and has been instrumental in the organisation of NAIDOC Week activities as well as regularly delivering Welcome to Country at various events throughout the local government area.

Named the 2016 Elder of the Year (Male) at the Upper Hunter NAIDOC Awards, Warren is particularly passionate about educating children and authored a colouring book aimed at pre-schoolers, illustrated by his daughter Kerri-Ann. Warren also works tirelessly to keep people informed about his beautiful Wanaruah, Wonnarua country through social media, radio and TV interviews, university and TAFE talks.