History-making general manager returns


It will be full circle when John Flannery PSM joins Singleton’s Australia Day celebrations as the official 2020 Australia Day guest on 26 January.

The former Singleton Council general manager led the construction of Council’s Administration Building and Civic Centre during his tenure and, although born in Parkes and raised Sydney, has been an integral part of Singleton’s most recent milestones including the Shire Clerk of the amalgamated Singleton Municipal and Patrick Plains Shire councils.

Now retired, he continues to serve the Singleton community through involvement in a range of organisations and championing the local government area across a range of industries.

Chairperson of the Singleton Australia Day Committee, Cr Danny Thompson said it was an honour to have Mr Flannery return to the Civic Centre to be part of official proceedings, including addressing the Australia Day congregation.

The official Australia Day ceremony including a Citizenship Ceremony and the presentation of the Citizen of the Year and Young Achiever of the Year awards will be held at the Civic Centre at 9am on 26 January, following the second annual sunset community event Twilight on Saturday 25 January with live entertainment including award-winning performers Audio Vixen and family-friendly fun including jumping castles, a mechanical bull and even a bubble machine. Twilight will be held on the Civic Green from 6.30pm to 10pm.

“Singleton’s Australia Day festivities have become a wonderful occasion for people across our community to come together to celebrate what we all have in common as Australians, and we are privileged to have John as our special guest as part of the official proceedings as we demonstrate our national pride and recognise our Citizen and Young Achiever of the Year,” Cr Thompson said.

“John has been a member of the Local Government Professionals for 56 years after an illustrious career spanning Marrickville, Bombala and of course Singleton councils.

“In that time, John championed the Hunter Regional Organisation of Councils, was President of the NSW Institute of Municipal Management, a trustee and Chairman of the AR Bluett Memorial Trust and served on the Hunter Wine Show Committee for 25 years.

“And it has been wine that has been occupying most of John’s time recently, after penning a history of the Hunter Valley Wine Show last year that highlighted the key role Singleton has played in the history of the Hunter Valley wine industry.”

Cr Thompson said the 2020 Australia Day festivities held particular significance as Singleton marks the bicentenary of European exploration.

“Australia Day means different things to different people, and 2020 is particularly poignant as we commemorate the influence and contribution of all people and cultures to the history of the land we now know as the Singleton local government area,” he said.

“Those of us in Singleton already know what makes our part of the world a great place to be, stemming from thousands of years of Aboriginal settlement and the European search for arable land for grazing and agriculture, and the important role our area continues to play in NSW’s prosperity.

“I’m looking forward to seeing as many people as possible come out to celebrate what it means for all of us to be Australian, and to commemorate Singleton’s contribution to the nation of Australia.”