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 - click here to access the form.

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

2021 CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

Fred Turner 

In hot and blustery conditions when the threat of bushfire escalates to reality, Fred Turner is among those heading towards the flames. The Rural Fire Service (RFS) Group Officer Hunter Valley has been a volunteer for almost forty years, starting out at Carrowbrook after taking over management of Lake St Clair.

Fred has since retired after 28 years overseeing the maintenance and operation of the lake, but his commitment to the RFS has only strengthened. 

He rose through the ranks to Group Officer, and now plays a commanding role in managing fires, usually from the bird’s-eye view of a helicopter. Fred has recently acquired an accredited air observer’s qualification, enabling him to direct the helicopter pilot using his own knowledge of the Singleton district.

If his job as Group Officer isn’t consuming enough, Fred has also found time over the last decade to dedicate to the Singleton Legacy Group (eight of those as Secretary), volunteers at the Australian Army Infantry Museum, is an honorary member of the Infantry Centre Sergeants Mess, and has been a member of the Singleton Lions Club and Singleton RSL Sub-Branch.