18 March 2020
We knew that 2020 was going to be a significant year for Singleton as we commemorated the bicentennial of the European exploration of our area. But who could have predicted the deluge of events that this year will be remembered for not just for Australia, but around the globe.
The social fabric of the world has been challenged in the greatest possible extreme, where social and cultural institutions have literally closed down – from arts and cultural festivals, to football.
Which is why it was even more pertinent that last weekend’s Back to Singleton 2020 events went ahead as planned, showing yet again how our community bands together through good times and challenging times. And reinforcing, yet again, just what a privilege it is to have been elected to serve our community as mayor and even more so at such a time in history.
We may be commemorating the occasion when 200 years ago, a party of about 15 men tracked an overland route between Windsor and the Hunter River Valley, arriving at Whittingham on 15 March 1820.
But Back to Singleton 2020 is much more than that. It’s a tribute to the thousands of years of people who have lived in this area, and who nurtured the land that now supports our prosperity. It’s the spirit of community that continues today, and which is demonstrated in the Back to Singleton 2020 program of events.
It was wonderful to see the people who came out to enjoy Singleton Homecoming on Friday night, as well as the Singleton Day Out on Saturday afternoon. The Singleton Soiree on Saturday was particularly special, as old friends and new came together to reflect on what we all love about Singleton.
The best part was that the festivities did not end there. A year-long Back to Singleton 2020 program showcased all that is special about Singleton, and what the people from our area have achieved since the Wonnarua/Wanaruah first settled, followed by our early pioneers.
Just how those events will proceed in light of COVID-19 now remains to be seen, just as how the next few months will unfold around the world. Council is closely following the advice and recommendations from government and health authorities, and strongly encourages everyone in our community to take precautions such as maintaining personal hygiene, most notably hand washing, and social distancing.
Cr Sue Moore
Mayor of Singleton