Singleton’s standout citizens targeted for Australia Day honours
The call has gone out for Singleton residents to put forward the names of fellow deserving locals, with nominations now open for the 2020 Citizen of the Year and Young Achiever of the Year.
For a second year, Singleton will celebrate Australia Day with sunset community event Twilight on Saturday 25 January 2020 on the Civic Green, leading into the official proceedings on Sunday 26 January 2020 with a Citizenship Ceremony and the presentation of the Citizen of the Year and Young Achiever of the Year awards at the Civic Centre.
Mayor of Singleton, Cr Sue Moore said Australia Day was an important occasion for Singleton, and next year would be extra special with the town commemorating its Bicentenary.
With nominations open until Friday 29 November 2019, she is encouraging anyone who knows someone who has made a significant contribution to our community to nominate them.
“It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year again when we take the time to consider the people we know who make a significant contribution to our community for no other reason than to help others,” she said.
“The Citizen of the Year awards, only 85 days away, are a great way to give our town’s best the recognition they deserve, and acknowledge the time and dedication they give to making Singleton a better place for all of us.
“We’re seeking nominations from across our local government area for everyday people who are great at what they do, contribute to our community and inspire those around them. They could be quiet achievers, leaders in their field of work, or unknown heroes.
“We are fortunate to have so many people who volunteer for a range of causes and a range of reasons, as well as incredible young people who are wonderful ambassadors for Singleton.
“2020 is an important year in the history of our town — the bicentennial may mark the anniversary of European settlement, but it’s also an opportunity to acknowledge the richness of our community spirit and I can’t think of a better way than our annual Australia Day awards.
“It only takes one nomination for someone to be in the running for the Awards, but a nomination must be formally submitted. Head to Council’s website and submit your nomination online.”
Singleton Australia Day Committee chairperson, Cr Danny Thompson said he was looking forward to plenty of nominations – as well as plenty of people coming out to celebrate.
“Australia Day is a really great occasion for us to learn more about each other, reflect on what they love about our country and to celebrate the individual contributions made by some of the outstanding people who call Singleton home,” he said.
“We’re really excited to see Twilight return for a second year, with loads of family friendly entertainment planned at the Civic Green from 6pm to 10pm on the evening of the 25th,” he said.
“But the highlight of the weekend is always the official proceedings on Australia Day itself, when we welcome new Australian citizens, hear from our Australia Day guest and announce Singleton’s Citizen of the Year and Young Achiever of the Year.
“It’s the day we recognise the doers who make our community better, and celebrate what makes Singleton the best place to live, work and visit.”
The Citizen of the Year Award is presented to the citizen judged to have made the most outstanding contribution to the Singleton Local Government Area for the period including but not limited to 2019 and must be 26 years or older on 26 January 2020.
The Young Achiever of the Year is presented to the young achiever judged to have made the most outstanding contribution to the Singleton Local Government Area for the period including but not limited to 2019 and must be aged 16 to 26 years of age on 26 January 2020.
All residents of the Singleton local government area are eligible to nominate. For more information or to download a nomination form, visit www.singleton.nsw.gov.au/australiadayawards or hard copies are available from Council’s Administration Building.