Australia Day

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.

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

Nominate

Nominations have now closed for the 2023 Citizen of the Year and Young Achiever of the Year. The 2023 Citizen of the Year and Young Achiever of the Year will be announced at the Australia Day ceremony at the Singleton Civic Centre on 26 January 2023.

2023 Award Ceremony

The official Singleton Australia Day ceremony on 26 January will return in -person in 2023 and also livestreamed via Council’s Facebook page and website – to mark our national day.

The BBQ breakfast will be from 8am , with the ceremony to start at 9.30am, including:

  • Address by Australia Day Guest, Dr Emma Beckett
  • Announcement of Citizen of the Year and Young Achiever of the Year
  • Citizenship Ceremony

Twilight - Australia Day Eve free community event

From 6.30pm | Wednesday 25 January | Townhead Park
 
Roll out the picnic blanket on the green as we celebrate Australia Day in true Singleton style with an outdoor cinema, food trucks, kid's activities and plenty of free family fun. Celebrate being an Australian by kicking back and enjoying the sunset with family and friends in the newly renovated Townhead Park precinct. 
 
Outdoor Cinema. Live Music. Roving Entertainment. Food Trucks. Slip + Slide. Obstacle Course. Jumping Castles. Reptile Display. Giant Outdoor Games. Face Painting. Sensory Area.

 

Previous Singleton Citizen of the Year award winners

2022 Citizen of the Year

Uncle Warren Taggert

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.

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.