Singleton Council is excited to confirm Richard Jones OAM will take part in official Australia Day celebrations in 2018.
For more than 23 years as Chief Executive Officer of one of the region’s most-loved charities, the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, Mr. Jones has displayed exceptional leadership and has been nationally recognized for his outstanding service to the Hunter community.
Born and bred in the Hunter, Mr. Jones played four seasons for the St George Rugby League club, before returning to Singleton to act as captain-coach with the Greyhounds. His 1990 premiership-winning side were also awarded the Clayton’s Cup for the best team in NSW Country football. In 2017, Richard was named in the Top 20 “Greatest Singleton Greyhounds” side.
No stranger to accolades, the Medal of the Order of Australia winner will address nominees at our annual Cocktail party on Thursday 25 January, and at the presentation of awards at the Singleton Civic Centre ceremony on Australia Day.
Following formalities, a line-up of family activities will follow on the Civic Centre lawn from 10.30 a.m.-1.30 p.m.
“Australia Day brings our community together to celebrate what’s special about our beautiful country. From live music, a giant water slide, food and market stalls, bubble mania and our annual thong-throwing competition, there’s plenty of fun and entertainment planned,” Mayor Sue Moore said.
“We are privileged to have Richard as our Australia Day guest to assist us in recognising our Citizen and Young Achiever of the Year.
“We have so many exceptional people in Singleton who volunteer their time to a range of causes in our community. I am looking forward to meeting our nominees and thanking them for the work they do.”
A gold coin donation entry will also be available at the Singleton Gym and Swim Pool between 10 a.m.-4 p.m, with all proceeds to go to the Swimability Program.